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Education Law

Graduate Certificate

US News and World Report - best grad education degree 2022

Can a student be disciplined during a walk out to protest gun violence? Can a teacher discuss controversial issues in class? Can a teacher be sued when a student is injured in her class? What are the legal rights of transgender students or students experiencing homelessness? 

Educational legal issues affect teachers and administrators on a daily basis, and research suggests that school personnel are often misinformed about the law.

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Education Law teaches you to identify legal issues occurring in educational institutions, and to appreciate the importance of legal literacy.

As a student in this program, you acquire an understanding of legal principles and apply them to real-life scenarios. You analyze key principles of school, district, and higher-education policy, as well as federal and state statutes and cases. You also conduct legal research to stay abreast of evolving law, collaborate with others to solve complex legal issues, examine social justice issues involving socio-economic status, race, disability, sexual orientation, and gender, and advocate for yourself, colleagues, students, and schools.

Your Graduate Certificate in Education Law could serve you in such careers as:

  • Teacher  
  • School administrator
  • School superintendent
  • Special education coordinator
  • Educational law consultant
  • Educational law attorney
  • School counselor
  • School psychologist
  • Higher education administrator (particularly in student affairs) 
  • Dean of students

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Education Law, you must complete 12 credit hours.


To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  2. 2.7 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states.

To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • TOEFL score (minimum 79) or IELTS score (minimum 6.5) - international students only

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.


EDUC-A 608Legal Perspectives on Education3 Credits
EDUC-A 615Advanced School Law3 Credits
EDUC-A 675Leadership in Special Education3 Credits
EDUC-A 710Research in School Law3 Credits
This course may substitute for one of the above courses at advisor discretion.

Find course descriptions with our Search Schedule of Classes/Courses tool.

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $490.60
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1471.80

Additional fees will apply.

-This program is ineligible for financial aid.

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $588.66
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1765.98
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