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The Legal Context of Education


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Course level: Graduate

In this course, students examine existing and emerging legal contexts that govern American education systems. Weekly topics provide a progressive exploration of foundational sources of law that impact education--from the Constitution of the United States to landmark legal cases--to affirm the legal rights and responsibilities of educators and students. Other course topics establish a platform to assess the legalities of educational governance and leadership in addition to emerging and contemporary legal issues. Course Competencies: Differentiate the legal aspects that govern the American educational system. Assess the legal implications that influence personnel management in education. Analyze the legalities that regulate the rights and responsibilities of educators and students. Evaluate laws and regulatory processes to address emerging issues and trends in education.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Sources and Impact of Laws Related to Education

Professional Liability: From Personal to Vicarious

Student Safety and The Law

Legal Rights of School Personnel in Educational Environments

Legal Aspects of Personnel Management

Student Rights and Legal Issues

Educational Governance and the American Legal System

Contemporary Issues in Educational Law


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

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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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