The Graduate Certificate in Education Law equips educators and administrators with the knowledge and skills needed to deal confidently, effectively and appropriately with legal issues. Students have the opportunity to develop practical skills to identify possible legal problems before they arise, and to respond effectively when they do. They will also understand better the role of lawyers, when to involve them and how to work most effectively with them.
Graduates of the course will be confident in their ability to develop educational policy within a legal framework. The course examines the general principles and practices of school governance, in state, church-based or independent schools, as relevant. Students will gain an understanding of the various statutory, contractual and common law duties, particularly the duty to take reasonable care, which underpins the educational process. Participants will be challenged to examine critically the obligations and rights of parents, students and colleagues.
Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to plan for and respond to legal issues in their educational environment and to develop educational policy within a legal framework.
An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline
Applicants without a degree who have substantial relevant work experience will be considered for entry.
How to Apply
This course is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by ACU before they can enrol in units through OUA.
Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Education Law are due by Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment.
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- A letter of recommendation from your employer on company letterhead -
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- Certified legal documentation - if you have changed your name e.g. a marriage
certificate, deed poll name change certificate.
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birth e.g. a birth certificate.
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To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Education Law students must complete four units.
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
RPL or Credit may be granted according to ACU policies and applicants are advised to contact the course coordinator.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students are recommended to start with LEGX500 Introduction to Education Law.
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