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School Policy and Law for Principals




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Course level: EDU Graduate

This course allows students to examine legal theory and practice in the context of the educational setting. The constitutional framework, court systems, legal issues, and their subsequent impact on schools are discussed, analyzed, and applied to current educational practices. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and individuals who reside outside the United States.


This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

What you'll learn

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Week 1

  • Examine the administrative structure of public education, including state and local-level agencies.
  • Examine the role of the school board.
  • Apply selected provisions of the United States Constitution to the educational setting.
  • Examine the framework of the state and federal court systems.
  • Analyze professional and ethical behavior required of school principals.
  • Define the primary and secondary resources available to research legal issues in education.

Week 2

  • Differentiate between individual and organizational liability.
  • Compare and contrast the elements of intentional and unintentional torts.
  • Identify the elements of negligence and school/district procedures for responding.

Week 3

  • Analyze the influence of federal and state court decisions on schools in relation to students’ rights, due process, and discipline policies and procedures.
  • Review the major past and current federal legislation related to serving special populations.

Week 4

  • Examine teachers' rights and how they have been impacted by court decisions.
  • Apply current law to human resource practices in schools.
  • Examine the legal foundations of workplace harassment legislation.

Week 5

  • Analyze the application of the First Amendment establishment clause on public education.
  • Review related court decisions.

Week 6

  • Evaluate the legislation related to school safety and violence.
  • Analyze the influence of federal and state court decisions on schools in relation to parental rights.
  • Review laws related to student records and confidentiality.


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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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