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Education Law

Graduate Certificate

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
  • Student affairs administrator
  • Dean of students

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) 


  • A 608Legal Perspectives on Education3 Credits
  • A 615Advanced School Law3 Credits
  • A 675Leadership in Special Education 3 Credits
  • A 710Research in School Law3 Credits
  • A670Topical Seminar in Educational Leadership—Employment Law 3 Credits
  • C705Higher Education Law3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $429.31
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1287.93
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $515.17
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1545.51

Additional fees will apply.

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