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Course : Understanding P-12 School Law

Course Number
EDLE 5723
Section Number
Spring 2022
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

Course Description

A study of the rights and responsibilities of teachers, students, and laws related to special education, school governance, staff discipline, and dismissal. In addition, the course will cover the major laws and court decisions which have shaped the operation of schools today. Please note this course may not be used for certification purposes.

Student Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students will:

1. Understand local, state, and federal laws.

2. Recognize key education-related provisions of the U.S. Constitution, federal statutes, Texas Constitution and statutes, including provisions of the Texas Education Code.

3. Learn key court rulings that establish school law parameters at the campus level.

4. Understand how Board policies and administrative regulations/directives translate the law into real work requirements and application.

5. Develop a rudimentary knowledge of basic legal terminology and the court system so administrators can decipher legal materials and effectively participate in basic school law related discussions, workshops, and conferences.

Course Standards and Examination Domains/Competencies


These standards frame the required course knowledge and skills to develop the competencies required for highly effective instructional leaders in today’s schools.

National Educational Leadership Preparation Standards


NELP 2.2: Understand and demonstrate the capacity to evaluate, communicate about, and advocate for ethical and legal decisions.


NELP 5.3: Understand and demonstrate the capacity to communicate through oral, written, and digital means within the larger organizational, community, and political contexts when advocating for the needs of their school and community.


NELP 6.3: Reflectively evaluate, communicate about, and implement laws, rights, policies, and regulations to promote student and adult success and well-being.

NELP 7.1: Collaboratively develop the school’s professional capacity through engagement in recruiting, selecting, and hiring staff.

NELP 7.2: Engage staff in a collaborative professional culture designed to promote school improvement, teacher retention, and the success and well-being of each student and adult in the school.

Online Computer Requirements

Taking an online class requires you to have access to a computer (with Internet access) to complete and upload your assignments. It is your responsibility to have (or have access to) a working computer in this class. Assignments and tests are due by the due date, and personal computer technical difficulties will not be considered reason for the instructor to allow students extra time to submit assignments, tests, or discussion postings. Computers are available on campus in various areas of the building as well as the Academic Success Center. Our online classes can be accessed from any computer in the world that is connected to the internet. Contact your instructor immediately upon having computer trouble. If you have technical difficulties in the course, there is also a student helpdesk available to you. The college cannot work directly on student computers due to both liability and resource limitations however, they are able to help you get connected to our online services. For help, log into D2L.

Work should be turned in on the designated due date. This is especially important for discussion posts. If an emergency arises and you need additional time on an assignment that does not involve the participation of your peers, please reach out to Dr. Robles to make arrangements. Please note, points may be deducted.


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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