School Law Online Graduate Certificate

A 12-Credit Online Graduate Certificate Program for K-12 Public School Administrators and Educators

In the field of public education, there are a vast array of state and federal laws that influence the work of teachers and administrators. Understanding legal provisions can help you and your students avoid instances that can violate the rights of all parties involved. Yet, with the pace of today's technology driven world, it's challenging for even the most informed educators to stay current with all the intricacies of school law.

A 12-Credit Online Graduate Certificate Focused on School Law

If you feel you need to update your knowledgeor round out your understanding of legal issues and how they can impact your day-to-day responsibilitiesyou've come to the right place.

The University of Connecticut's (UConn) School Law Online Graduate Certificate is designed for superintendents, principals, staff administrators, teachers, special education faculty, policy makers, school board members, or anyone else involved with the day-to-day operations of a public school. This four course, 12-credit asynchronous program cuts through the legalese to help new and experienced educators and administrators understand the dimensions of K-12 education, providing the appropriate knowledge to help you effectively handle many of the legal challenges that commonly occur in our public school systems. Upon program completion, you will be able to:

  • Apply your knowledge of school law to resolve school conflicts
  • Identify ways in which your school is out of legal compliance, and take steps to bring it into compliance
  • Make educational decisions that are both legally and educationally sound

Application Deadlines:

Spring Term: November 10, 2024
Fall Term: June 21, 2024 at 11:59 PM EDT


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Dr. Preston Green Receives Named Professorship
“Thanks to the support of our benefactors, the Neag School is very pleased to bestow this honor to Dr. Green for his exceptional ongoing work. Dr. Green serves as a leading, highly sought-after expert and speaker, a prolific and pioneering researcher, and an innovative faculty scholar.”


What Are They Saying

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Rebekah Charles
(Summer, 2023)

“One thing that I really appreciated and loved was that it was interdisciplinary, so there were students getting the certificate from various different backgrounds"...


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Amy Cole
(Summer, 2023)

"I think it was so applicable and so timely: We looked at stuff that was current headline news. That made the course, for me, exciting
and useful"...


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Loree LaChance
(Summer, 2023)

""I think it was so applicable and so timely: We looked at stuff that was current headline news. That made the course, for me, exciting and useful. And I think that's what I would tell"...


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Melissa Hickey
(Spring, 2020)

"Recently, we had a discipline incident that involved numerous stakeholders and required specific steps. Thanks to having gone through the School Law program"... 


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12 Credits

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4 Courses

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100% Online

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester: June 21
Spring Semester: November 10

Apply early to avoid deadlines.