What Others Say About Professional Development

Graduates of the Year


My journey so far with Acacia University has been an exceptionally rewarding and life changing experience. I have been immensely inspired by the most incredible team of instructors, whose consistent care, kindness, support, encouragement, patience, extraordinarily immaculate feedback, and motivating mentorship can never be overstated. I have also met, worked with, and learned from a group of brilliant, enthusiastic, and dedicated learners from all over the world who all share one goal – making a difference! I have not only learned countless new strategies, but have also gained the tools to fine tune and improve my instruction. As I continue my journey now in the Educational Leadership Doctorate Program, I am constantly reminded of my passionate belief that we are all lifelong learners. Thank you Acacia University for this incredible honor and ongoing opportunities to develop and grow.

Aliki Constantinou
2016 Graduate of the Year, Master of Arts in Secondary Education



I am a proud graduate of Acacia University. It was a program designed for teachers like myself who currently teach and desired to complete a master's program at the same time. Acacia is a hands-on, practical and collaborative master’s degree program. It was both challenging and rewarding and really pushed me to the next level in my career. From this experience, I grew both personally and professionally as an educator and had an opportunity to expand my knowledge and skills in the field. It also provided an opportunity to improve in my writing, time-management, and communication skills. I learned about a multitude of effective teaching strategies to really enhance student learning. The program has supportive and experienced instructors, enriching and easy to follow lessons, and exposure to real world educational experiences. The courses in the program are relevant and based on current research based teaching strategies. You take with you a repertoire of practical and easy to implement teaching tools to use on a daily basis in your classroom. I graduated a more confident and capable teacher and continue to apply all that I learned in my classroom. I loved that I collaborated with teachers from all around the globe to get new ideas and share experiences that we go through as teachers on a daily basis all from the convenience of my classroom and home. The best part was being able to apply all my learning right in my own classroom with my students and I got to witness positive results on a weekly basis. I highly recommend this program for working teachers who are motivated and have the aspiration to advance in their profession whether they are teaching in the USA or in another country.

Julie Dinius
2015 Graduate of the Year, Master of Arts in Secondary Education

Current and Former Students

Acacia University offered an affordable, flexible program that offered practicum courses to utilize the research-based strategies in the classroom. Each course opened up a chance for more creativity to design activities that connected disciplines through a central theme. Students developed intrinsic motivation not present when they had to complete the usual workbook assignments. The cumulative project in which we designed and implemented action research in our classrooms was the catalyst I believe will drive the education system to recognize the need for change in the classroom. The instructors guided and supported our efforts to be creative, original, and persistent with their thoughtful and positive feedback.

I have always believed that anything can be accomplished with the right tools. To be an effective teacher I needed the tools offered by Acacia University to satisfy my need for a research-based foundation to become an effective teacher. I had the passion for teaching but not the specific knowledge of pedagogical processes as well how to effectively utilize research-based group strategies in the classroom. The one statement I think back to every day is that learning is social. The Acacia program included social interaction between each of the learners to analyze and celebrate our work each week. This interaction helped us to understand the need to provide this same environment for our students because we understand that learning is social. This program was the most challenging yet the most rewarding experience I have ever known. I would recommend it highly to teachers anywhere in the world.

Jean Omar
Master of Arts in Elementary Education, 2016

My name is Michael Johnson and I am currently working on my Master’s in Educational Administration at Acacia University. I have a B.A. in Secondary Education from Arizona State University. In my twelve years as an educator, I have had the opportunity to teach seventh through twelfth grade students, at an elementary and high school. I have taught history, US government, science, and reading, while I currently teach criminal justice and law enforcement. For the last five years I have served on my school’s leadership team and as department chair in our Professional Learning Community.

As a teacher, coach, and father of a one and three year old, choosing a master’s program to fit my needs was very difficult. Acacia provides flexibility for me to work during a time that is convenient for my schedule, but provides rigor that enhances my educational pursuit to become an administrator, student-centered application in my class, and in a leadership role on my campus. Acacia’s program provides structure that focuses on objectives each week and maximizes the opportunity to learn through the guidance of the instructors and collaboration with other learners. While Acacia provides the flexibility and challenge that I desire, the cost of the program is a fraction of other schools. The $225 per credit hour allows me to further my education, earn more money in the process, and not take on massive amounts of debt.

Mike Johnson
Master of Education in Educational Administration (pursuing)

I first heard about Acacia University from a friend of mine who completed her Master of Arts in Elementary Education while teaching overseas. I had just entered my first year as a teacher and soon realized how much I enjoyed teaching yet lacked foundational pedagogical knowledge. As a wife and mother of two children, I knew I needed to find a program that was flexible and affordable and at the same time would provide a hands-on approach to learning that could immediately be applied in my classroom. My first semester with Acacia proved all of these factors to be true. I am grateful for the professional development Acacia has provided, the access to cutting edge, research-supported methodology, and the variety of teachers with a wealth of experience with whom to collaborate. It is an honor to be a part of this learning community!

Krista Wolfe
Master of Arts in Elementary Education (pursuing)

As an educator, I have always believed that education spreads its wings across many disciplines and areas of life. Our job is not to just transfer information to willing minds, but to inspire and help others grow, as well as learn from the experience. This has always been a personal goal for me.

My experience with Acacia has fulfilled a large part of that. It has given me ample room to grow and develop as a teacher and supervisor, and has added a wealth of knowledge that I can use in my career. The knowledge achieved through Acacia has put my years of teaching into perspective by allowing me to embrace my true potential. The university has provided me with a third home, a place of comfort and support, and good will. I have been able to grow as an individual and a professional under supportive and consistent guidance from very dedicated instructors. As a single mother with a load on her plate, Acacia has been more than flexible and affordable, catering to all my needs as a person and a teacher. It has been a wonderful journey!

Ayla Abou-Chaaban
Master of Arts in Secondary Education, 2016

I am the Headmistress for Nefertari British Primary School. Joining Acacia University has helped me develop as a teacher and an administrator. I have gained a lot of experience from the courses provided and the virtual learning community which allows teachers worldwide to share expertise. Being among these motivated learners and exceptional instructors has taught me how to mentor my staff to bring out their very best. My appreciation for Acacia is shared by many other teachers who chose to take part in this lifelong learning journey. Great educators need to create a safe, happy, and motivating learning environment. Acacia can help you achieve that!

Ghada Kamel
Master of Education in English as a Second Language (pursuing)

"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart". I believe this quote can sum up the mission of Acacia. I've been enrolled in the master's degree program since 2013 and it is evident that this program is more than an accredited program that fits with teachers' budgets and busy schedules. It is more than a deep interpretation of American education standards and how they serve the demands of 21st century. It is even more that efficiency and abundance of online resources and highly qualified instructors. It is a sincere belief in the power of education and a realistic implementation of this principle through providing teachers/learners with brilliant insights, applicable tools, and updated strategies to involve, motivate, praise, guide, and inspire their students and shape their minds.

Laila El Khateeb
Master of Education in English as a Second Language (pursuing) 

My name is Olga Umarova. I have been a graduate learner at Acacia University for the last two years. I hold B.A. in Public Relations from Penza State University. After my graduation, I discovered a great interest in education. I have explored and applied the new effective approach to teaching mathematics. I was a tutor and mentor in the Mathematical Center for Gifted Students. I taught lessons in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus classes. My teaching experiences have sharpened my desire to develop mathematical and pedagogical knowledge so I’m happy to be in the master’s program at Acacia University.

Graduate research had a crucial role in my evolution as a mathematician and teacher. The master’s program has helped me form a solid and ideological foundation that allows me to teach more clearly and effectively than before. Acacia courses have introduced me to effective strategies that educators can implement during instruction. New teaching techniques encourage my students to reach their learning goals and improve academic performance. The master’s program at Acacia University is a great opportunity for all educators to increase their level of knowledge and achieve their professional goals.

Olga Umarova
Master of Arts in Secondary Education (pursuing)

Acacia Instructors


Hi My name is Kimberly Hill. I have been an instructor at Acacia University for the last six years. In addition to my role as instructor, I am also the program advisor for the ESL majors. I am excited about what Acacia has to offer all educators. Our courses are geared towards professionals who are enthusiastic about integrating research-based strategies that focus on current issues in today’s classrooms.

Our courses provide assignments that integrate approaches that can be implemented in all classrooms to enhance the learning of all students. We take pride in the individual attention each of our participants receives from trained and experienced specialists throughout your entire program of study. I’d like to personally invite you to Acacia University.

Kim Hill
Instructor, Program Advisor for English as a Second Language


As a student, the Acacia experience provided continuous expert support and encouragement, up to date teaching strategies, and a professional learning atmosphere. I’m super glad that I decided to do the M.A. in ESL at Acacia, and now I’m pursuing the Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

As a faculty member, I strive to bring that same professional teaching and learning standard into all of the classes that I teach. My colleagues are some of the most dedicated and smartest that I ever had the pleasure to work with.

If you are looking for a first class learning experience, I urge you to contact Acacia University today!

William Peters


My name is Hosn Khalil. I earned my master’s degree from Acacia University six years ago and have worked here ever since as an instructor. I am also the academic advisor for secondary education majors.

When I decided to enroll in a graduate school I was faced with a plethora of options. I chose Acacia University, not only because of the flexibility and affordability of the program, but because of the hands-on training in terms of teaching and assessments it offers. Courses are very interactive and provide authentic learning experiences. I learned practical research-based strategies that were easily incorporated in my daily classes. I witnessed the positive impact of these strategies on students on a regular basis. I chose Acacia University to complete my doctorate in educational leadership. I am proud to be part of a global learning community where instructors are highly qualified and well trained, assignments are based on current research findings, and discussions are highly motivating.

I personally invite you to join our flexible and interactive program where you will find the support and guidance needed to succeed.

Hosn Khalil
Instructor, Program Advisor for Secondary Education


I have been so fortunate to be part of the Acacia family for 5 years as an instructor. This has given me the opportunity to work with some of the most dedicated and professional teachers that I have ever worked with. I learn so much from each of them. I am constantly challenged to expand my own educational practices after being an instructor for each class. The Acacia experience is one that can never be duplicated. The courses are in depth and challenging. They encourage you to push your thinking and current practice to new levels. Everything you learn in class today, you can apply in your own classroom tomorrow.

Lisa Oliphant
Instructor, Program Advisor for Special Education


My philosophy is that every learner is unique and exceptional, and as such deserves to be supported and appreciated completely to get the best that education has to offer. Holding everyone to high expectations is a method of encouraging growth in my practice. This approach is exactly what Acacia offers by creating a challenging yet non-stressful learning environment, backed by the assurance of affordable and flexible courses that are suitable for teachers of all levels and disciplines and provide first hand practice to apply the learned skills. Every participant at Acacia is treated as special and receives individual attention and guidance that supports instructional practice and growth as a teacher.

I have been affiliated with Acacia since Fall 2008, first as a master’s student and now as a doctoral student. I also serve as an instructor and the elementary program advisor since 2011. With this wonderful experience to speak for me, I invite you to join our master’s and doctoral program and add a touch of difference to your professional practice.

Tahira Tameez
Instructor, Program Advisor for Elementary Education