General Course Information for EDA618: School Law and Policy

Course: EDA618 - School Law and Policy
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Course Description: Introductory course in educational law and ethics. Examination of education law, codes, case law, and regulations and their school level applications. Focus on areas of school law likely to be used by beginning school administrators.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Propose collaboration with the governing board and district and local leaders to influence policies that benefit students and support the improvement of teaching and learning.
  • Analyze public policies that ensure the equitable distribution of resources and support for all subgroups of students.
  • Evaluate school operations to ensure that they are consistently within the parameters of federal, state, and local laws, policies, regulations, and statutory requirements.
  • Generate support for the school by two-way communication with key decision-makers in the school community.
  • Create accurate records of school performance.
  • Analyze the effects of leadership has in a team setting.
  • Create a school environment that facilitate constructive conversations about how to improve student learning and achievement.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Acquire knowledge and develop skills associated with restructuring organizations, mobilizing of human and fiscal resources, and creating a school environment that identifies institutional needs for diversity
  • Analyze aspects of professional and personal ethics that are conducive to leading a school or school system.
  • Analyze decision making frameworks in order to surface and develop ethical leadership and improve decision making skills.
  • Analyze the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context that impacts a school or school district.
  • Analyze the organization, operations, and resources necessary to foster a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  • Apply his or her acquired understanding and knowledge to a field experience in practical and real-world school settings, which is documented in a portfolio and supervised by a mentor in partnership with the University.
  • Apply landmark court cases, legislation, federal and state regulations governing student rights, due process, delivery of instruction, and general operation of school districts.
  • Build consensus among stake holders by implementing procedures for curricular improvements based upon assessment and appropriateness of diverse classroom environments
  • Create a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  • Demonstrate instructional leadership in maintaining and increasing teaching effectiveness provided through relevant professional development opportunities
  • Develop a school culture conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  • Develop an ethical framework for effective educational leadership.
  • Evaluate aspects of professional and personal ethics that are conducive to leading a school or school system.
  • Examine competencies for leadership in globalization including emerging and future trends for business and education.
  • Explore community leadership, outreach and partnerships.
  • Explore innovative financial models and gain competency in information management fundamentals.
  • Provide candidates with the research base for reflective educational decision making.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
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Contact the Library:

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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures