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Administrative Unit: Education Department
Course Prefix and Number: EDUC 581
Course Title: School Law for Educational Leaders
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course will inform public and private school leaders with an in-depth study of federal and state laws that govern the operation of public schools. Landmark cases that have shaped our interpretation of the Bill of Rights will be reviewed and research will be completed for applications of case law. Prerequisite: graduate standing; full MAT or M.Ed. status.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisite: graduate standing; full MAT or M.Ed. status.

Course Rotation for Day Program:
No Day Course Rotation
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

School Law and the Public Schools: A Practical Guide for Educational Leaders
By Essex, N.L. (Pearson)
School Law: Cases and Concepts
By Lamorte, M. W. (Pearson)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Establishes the vision, mission, and goals for the school or district. (1.1)
  2. Implements the vision, mission, and goals for the school or district. (1.2)
  3. Leads the personnel of the school or district. (3.2)
  4. Demonstrates personal and professional responsibility. (5.1)
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Federal Laws and the American judicial system
  • School laws and school systems
  • Laws pertaining to students rights and responsibilities
  • Special Education and the law
  • Laws that pertain to teachers
  • Laws that pertain to finance, school funding,  and to school choice. 
  • Principles underlying liability for school districts and educators, including building and facility safety

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Kristina Clevenger Date: November 14, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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