This course is specifically tailored for classroom teachers in the public schools. Traditional school law courses usually approach the content of school law from the perspective of school administrators, but the intent of this course is to examine the legal system and the role it plays in the educational setting for the teacher specifically. As a result, this class is most beneficial to individuals who are current or future classroom teachers. The majority of the content will focus on the practical application of legal concepts and how they apply to the numerous daily decisions teachers must make.
Carlow University ED 669 • Madonna University EDU 5830.35 • Notre Dame College ED 628 J • The College of Saint Rose EDT 668
The required text for this course is Teachers & the Law, 8th Edition by David Schimmel. 978-0-13-256423-6
Graduate participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional development participants will receive a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional developments credit for face-to-face classes and 60 hours of professional development credit for online classes.
White Plains, NY
Jan 31-Feb 2 and Feb 7-9, 2020
Garden City, NY
Mar 6-8 and Mar 20-22, 2020
Introduction: Teachers and the Law
Session 1: The Teacher and the Legal System
Session 2: How Secure is my Employment? How Does Copyright Law Affect Me?
Session 3: When Am I liable? What Constitutes Slander and Libel?
Session 4: When Can Schools Limit Religious Freedom?
Session 5: Teachers’ and Students’ Freedom of Expression Rights
Session 6: When Can Schools Restrict Personal Appearance? When Can Schools Limit Freedom of Association? How Free is my Personal Life?
Session 7: What Are My Rights under Due Process? Are Teachers and Students Protected against Sex Discrimination?
Session 8: Students with Disabilities and Non-English Speaking Students. Who Controls Students’ Records
Session 9: Do Parents Have Choices in Educating Their Children? No Child Left Behind and Current Controversies
Session 10: Individual State Laws, Course Evaluation, and Final Examination
Online 3-graduate credit courses are 13 weeks in length.
On-site weekend courses are held Friday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8:30am-5:30pm.
Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:00am- 6:00pm.
It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district, or school to ensure that all requirements are being met by the course you're taking.
Check the Partner Universities page for specific university information as well as course numbers which are specific to the university partner.
Students are required to purchase their own textbook, the information for which can be found here. If no book is required it will be specified on the list. We have copies of many of the textbooks should you wish to purchase directly from TEI.
Professional development (PD) participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face to face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes. These certificates are mailed within one week of the end of the class and reflect the course title, dates of attendance, and credit hour information.