School Law – EDAS 647

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 12/12/2022

Course Description

An examination of the legal aspects of education affecting administrators, teachers, students, parents and board members; various forms of liability; separation of church and state.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Christian, private, and public school administrators are responsible for upholding the law as it applies to personnel, business contracts, meeting student needs, and operating an institution. Administrators must have knowledge of the law in terms of its direct application to the educational setting.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate will participate in 3 Discussions throughout this course. In each discussion, the candidate will submit a thread of at least 350 words and at least 2 replies of at least 150 words each. (CLO C, D, E F, H)

Case Review Assignments (3)

The candidate will review and reflect upon 3 different precedent-setting case scenarios. Each case review must be at least 2 pages, provide citations for relevant case facts,  a reference page, and adhere to current APA formatting. (CLO H)

Practicum Requirements

Practicum Proposal Form: The candidate is required to complete 30 practicum hours in a school in order to pass this course.

Field Experience Summary (FES): The candidate will complete this in the provided form and include relevant information from the practicum. This assignment is required in order to pass this course.

Field Experience Assessment (FEA): The candidate’s onsite mentor will complete the FEA online. This score will then be reflected in the course. The mentor will receive an e-mail from Liberty with a link, username, and password to access the FEA. This assignment is required in order to pass this course.

Legal Entanglement Project Assignments

Moral and Legal Issues (Analysis)

The candidate will select a meaningful and relevant topic in a particular school.  The topic is to be a legal, moral, or ethical issue that—left unaddressed—could escalate into a legal entanglement (i.e., litigation). The candidate will use a template to complete the Moral and Legal Issues Analysis. When completed, the template should be 1–2 pages plus a title page and reference page.

Collaboration (Analysis)

The candidate will present conclusions from the first submission (Analysis: Moral and Legal Issues) to select families, caregivers, colleagues, supervisors, and students. The candidate will gain their perspectives and collaborate with them about the proposed topic for the Legal Entanglement Project.  Furthermore, the candidate will explain how they were involved in the decision-making process of supporting the selected topic. The candidate will write a 3–5-page paper about the collaboration, including the stakeholders’ perspectives and applicable data.

Case Law Review (Knowledge Base)

The candidate will review 4 court cases on the selected topic, applying the court’s decision to how the issue was handled consistently, fairly, and ethically within the school.    Regarding these court decisions, the candidate must also provide a statement as evidence of his/her ability to serve as a spokesperson/advocate on these issues for students and families within the school.  Length requirement is a 2-page minimum. This assignment will build upon the Analysis: Collaboration assignment.

Literature Review (Knowledge Base)

The candidate will review 4 references from a variety of sources on the selected topic.  These may be position statements, opinion pieces, research articles, books, etc.  As the candidate review the literature on the selected topic, he/she will identify emerging trends or issues that are likely to affect the school.  Regarding these emerging trends, the candidate are also to provide a statement as evidence of his/her ability to adapt leadership strategies to address them. Part 4 must be a minimum of 4 pages.


Based on the school analysis and the knowledge base of case law and literature, The candidate is to develop a comprehensive 5–10-page paper to address the potential legal entanglement.  The focus of the paper is to provide school staff, students, and visitors with a safe and secure environment.  All aspects of the paper should be aligned with case law decisions.


The candidate will prepare a PowerPoint presentation of at least 15 slides that would be given to a parent-teacher organization and/or a school board to convey the results of the school analysis, knowledge base, and Legal Entanglement Project.  The candidate will convey significant policies, laws, regulations, and procedures relevant to the selected topic.

Final Submission

The candidate will combine all of the previously submitted assignments into the final submission of the Legal Entanglement Project. The candidate should use feedback from each of the previously submitted assignments prior to submitting the final project: Legal Entanglement Project. The candidate will submit all (6) previous submissions with changes/corrections highlighted to Livetext. (CLO A-H)

Quizzes (3)

The candidate will complete 3 open-book/open-notes quizzes based on the textbook readings. Each quiz has a time limit of 1 hour and consists of multiple-choice and true/false questions that cover material from the textbook. Please note, questions are NOT limited to the readings for that specific week. (CLO A-H)