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Education Law

Graduate Certificate

Educational legal issues affect teachers and administrators on a daily basis, and research suggests that school personnel are often misinformed about the law. This certificate is designed for professionals who want to develop a deeper knowledge base of educational legal issues.

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 prepares you for such careers as:

  • Teacher 
  • School administrator 
  • Special education coordinator 
  • School superintendent 
  • Educational law consultant 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Education Law, you must complete 15 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Educational law core courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Elective courses (3 credit hours) 

NOTE: Your elective course can be a graduate-level course focused on your research or career interests that is offered through the School of Education, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, or the Maurer School of Law. Some courses may not be offered online. Please see the delivery method in the Schedule of Classes to confirm.


  • A 608Legal Perspectives on Education3 Credits
  • A 615Advanced School Law3 Credits
  • A 675Leadership in Special Education 3 Credits
  • A 710Research in School Law3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $425.06
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1275.18
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $510.07
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1530.21

Additional fees will apply.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education

    With more than 120 online degree programs to choose from, Indiana University gives you the opportunity to receive a top-quality education when you want it, where you want it. The faculty who teach our online courses are the same exceptional faculty who teach those courses on our campuses. Whether you're looking for an undergraduate education or want to continue advancing your career with a graduate degree, IU Online’s degree program options have something for everyone.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.