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I will be finishing my graduate post-bacc teacher license in December of next year and because I will not be staying in the country long enough to complete my masters degree, I am considering online options.
The school that interests me the most is the American College of Education.
Does anyone have any experience with this school? I know they are a for profit, online school...but they appear to be regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and they are actually cheaper than several brick and mortar universities in my area.
I'm not planning on ever teaching in a public school, so the purpose of the degree would be for a bigger pay scale in international private schools.
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Anyone who has gone to a for profit school (even if it is regionally accredited) won't even be given an interview where I work. Although it isn't official, I would suspect the same type of rationale is common at universities across America. The people on these forums are proactive  and I doubt many have gone or know anything about a for profit college in terms of how "good a program" it is.

Hence the reason you aren't getting any biters. 


Ah. Thanks for the insight. Can you please tell me if this is true for non-profit distance schools as well? I'm also considering Lamar University and Arizona State for masters degrees.


My teaching license is in a brick and mortar school, but I will have left the country by the time I complete my degree.



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I know that Arizona (if not all brick and mortar) State gives the same degree for its online students as it does traditional students. The only time I can imagine it coming up is if a person on the person asks how living in Tempe was. There are some non-profit universities that people think are for profit schools. Some example are National University or Azusa Pacific University (it puts a lot of money into marketing int hings such as commercials.) As long as it doesn't sound like one then you should be good.


That makes total sense. Thanks very much for taking the time to answer my question. 

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If a school is accredited, why does it matter if they are for-profit or not?


I went to ACE (American College of Education) and was very impressed. This after having attended two outstanding, brick-and-mortar, non-profit schools. The materials, professors, other students and courses were excellent (better than many traditional, non-profit schools.)


Most companies and school districts (and states) I spoke with have no problem with online, for-profit schools, as long as they are accredited. 

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ACE is actually accredited by The Higher Learning Commision (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). They are also accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). In my experiences, as a teacher in Arizona, my school district and the Department of Education are honoring my degrees through ACE. I obtained a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction '12, Educational Technology '14, and currently working on my Internship with the Educational Leadership degree, which should allow me to finish in early July '15. 


As with all things, I called the Teacher Licensure at the Arizona Department of Education to verify they would accept my Educational Leadership graduate courses/internship for my eventual Principalship Licensure. After going over my transcript(s) with them, they accepted the graduate course I have taken, and will be taking. Additionally, my school district has accepted my degrees through ACE. If (as you put it) the "purpose of the degree would be for a bigger pay scale"? My school district has honored my master's degrees, and moved me to a bigger pay scale due to my path with ACE.


I had a limited amount of time with coaching sports and teaching, to go to a traditional brick and mortar school. After many months of research back in 2011, ACE made the most sense for me. I have actually convinced my department chair to take on the C&I degree, and she will finish in May of this year. I talk to people about ACE, whenever I get the opportunity to do so.

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Kind of weird that two brand new accounts posted for the first time within 20 minutes of themselves to defend this ACE place. And neither have posted anything since.  :ph34r:

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