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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 informs 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 are reviewed and research completed for applications of case law. Prerequisite: Teacher certification in one or more areas.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Teacher Certification in one or more areas.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

School Law: Cases and Concepts
By Lamorte, M.W. (Pearson)
Course Objectives
  • To know and understand and be able to apply federal and state statutes.
Measurable Learning
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of the court system and current litigation about school issues.
  • Identify the landmark court decisions that involve public and private schools.
  • Use case studies to illustrate their understanding of laws pertaining to students and teachers.
  • Research current issues and determine the due process and the rights and responsiblities of schools and districts.
  • Research potential issues and apply appropriate laws and previous litigation for liabilty issues.
  • Defend issues of school finance and school choice.
  • Conduct building and facility safety checks in order to determine liabilities.
Topical Outline:
  • Federal Laws and the American judicial system
  • School laws and school systems
  • Laws pertaining to students rights and responsibilities
  • Laws that pertain to teachers
  • Laws that pertain to Civil Rights, including IDEA and desegregation
  • Laws that pertain to finance and to school choice
  • Principles underlying liability for school districts and educators

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Teresa Vandover Date: September 1, 2012
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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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