Certificate in Education Law (Online)

Educational Leadership

Certificate in Education Law (Online)

Grow in your profession with a program that respects your busy schedule.

You can earn this 12-credit hour certificate online in just one year. You'll gain a deeper understanding of the legal and ethical issues that affect educators and administrators daily, and learn how to respect and advocate for the rights of your students as well as your rights as an educator or administrator.

Martha McCarthy Education Law and Policy Institute

This conference brings together educational leaders, attorneys, policymakers and professors to participate in panel discussions addressing hot topics and cases in education law and to discuss a range of education law and policy topics in small groups.

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Have you ever wondered:

  • Can school officials regulate students' off-campus speech? 
  • What are the legal requirements regarding disciplining students with disabilities?
  • Can teachers address political issues in the classroom?

These and many other questions are explored in the ELC program.

Our program is unique in that all core faculty members are lawyers with doctorates in education, so you'll learn from people with practical expertise in the courtroom as well as the classroom.

The certificate is valuable for a wide variety of school professionals including: public and private school teachers; school leaders including special education directors, principals, department heads, and superintendents; coaches, social workers, school nurses, school counselors, higher education faculty; and higher education staff and administrators, particularly those in student affairs, admissions, and executive offices.

Non-school professionals can also benefit, including: graduate students who seek a concentration in education law, as well as attorneys and policymakers who seek expertise in this area. Individual legal research, conducted during the Legal Research Course, can also be higher education focused.