Certificate in Education Law (Online)

Educational Leadership

Certificate in Education Law (Online)

Grow in your profession with a program that respects your busy schedule. This 12-credit hour program will help you gain a deeper understanding of the legal and ethical issues that impact educators and administrators daily. Learn how to respect and advocate for the rights of your students as well as your rights as an educator or administrator.

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.

Note: You may also choose to complete the certificate at a slower pace (e.g. by enrolling in one course per semester).

  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterDeadline
    Fall Jul 1
    Spring Nov 1
    Summer Apr 1
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admission Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.

    Note: If you are currently enrolled or have applied in the past year, you should qualify for an application fee waiver. Click here for criteria and how to obtain the waiver.

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    3. Completed online application that includes:
      • Personal statement
      • Resume
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Program Requirements
  • Tuition and Fees

    Per credit hour

    ResidencyTuitionDE FeeTotal
    IN Resident$480.93$39$519.93

    Find more information and calculate your expected costs at Student Central.

I wouldn't trade my journey through education law for anything. I had the best professors who not only presented the content well by providing engaging assignments but also cared about my well-being.

Kimbria Jackson, Ed.D., Assistant Principal, D.C., Education Law Certificate Graduate
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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.

Our faculty

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Research Areas:
Legal and policy issues in special education; legal literacy of educators and school leaders
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Research Areas:
K-12 and higher education law; education policy, education governance, charter schools

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