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Expand your knowledge of pressing education law issues and obtain an Osgoode Certificate in Education Law while doing so.

The education system continues to evolve and more demands are being placed on you, as an Education Professional. It is increasingly important that you stay on top of the latest legal issues, ensure you understand the law that guides your actions and have a good understanding of risk management and best practices strategies.

The Osgoode Certificate in Education Law will take your education law knowledge to the next level. The curriculum of the Certificate was designed to ensure key areas to an overall comprehensive understanding in education law are mandatory requirements, with the opportunity to supplement with other programs of interest.

The modular design allows for some customization of your learning pathway and provides a 2-year timeframe to complete the requirements.

Learn at your own pace. Can’t wait for the next Live offering? Viewing the most recent iteration On Demand can still count towards your Certificate in Education Law.

What You’ll Learn

Enhance skills across core competencies in the critical areas of education law

Deepen knowledge of the legal standards that guide actions

Learn about and reflect upon best practices and evolving approaches in a range of current and challenging areas faced by educators

Practice learned skills and get feedback from instructors – acknowledged experts in the field

Get a deeper understanding of your role in the larger education law system and the impact your actions have

Each program module includes an emphasis on skills‑based learning, with in‑class lectures being supplemented by case studies and peer interaction, group work, designated Q&A sessions, role plays, simulations and much more.

Who Should Attend

School Administrators
(Principals, VPs)

Teachers

Superintendents of Education

Supervisory Offices

School trustees

Directors of Education

Law enforcement offices working with schools and boards

Government and public policy advisors

School board staff including mental health leads

Representatives from Federations, the Ministry of Education, and Ontario College of Teachers

Advocates for students and parents

Office of the Ombudsman

Education Law Practitioners

Special Education Consultants

Health and social service professionals

Certificate of Program Completion

Complete 5 days of programming within 2 years to earn the Osgoode Certificate in Education Law.

Delegates who have declared their intention to complete the Certificate will be given priority placement in subsequent modules.

Register now – in one or more programs – to secure your place.

Requirements

To receive a certificate:

  • Complete the following required courses:
  • Critical and Emerging Issues in School Law for K-12 Education Professionals (2 days);
  • Legal Guide to Special Education Law; and
  • Human Resources Law for Education Professionals
  • Complete 1 Elective*
  • The Legal Guide to Privacy and Information Management for Education Professionals
  • Education Law for Private and Independent Schools
  • Advanced Issues in Special Education Law
  • Mental Health Law for Children and Youth

Faculty

Advisory Board

Kimberley Ishmael

Keel Cottrelle LLP

Sheila M. MacKinnon

Shibley Righton LLP

Dr. Sharon Pyke

Superintendent of Education – Student Well-Being, Greater Essex County District School Board

Eric Roher

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Nicola Simmons

Keel Cottrelle LLP

Jennifer Trépanier

Keel Cottrelle LLP

Program Chairs

Patrick Case, LSM, LLB, LLM,

Assistant Deputy Minister, Education Equity Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Education

Naveen Hassan

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Kimberley Ishmael

Keel Cottrelle LLP

Dr. Sharon Pyke

Superintendent of Education – Student Well-Being, Greater Essex County District School Board

Eric Roher

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Nicola Simmons

Keel Cottrelle LLP

Jennifer Trépanier

Keel Cottrelle LLP

Instructors

Agenda

View the 2021-2022 program brochure to see what you’ll learn from leading experts.

Upcoming dates below. View courses for more information, including CPD hours.

You must register for each individual program.

Course:

School Law for K-12 Education Professionals

Course:

Privacy and Information Management for Education Professionals

Elective

Course:

Education Law for Private and Independent Schools

Elective

Course:

Special Education Law

Course:

Advanced Issues in Special Education Law

Elective

Course:

Mental Health Law for Children and Youth

Elective

Course:

Human Resources Law for Education Professionals

Printable registration form

If a downloadable form is required, please contact osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca.

“Do you offer financial assistance?”

Yes, we do! As law evolves, we know how important it is to stay up to date. We also understand the financial implications of continuously upgrading your professional skills and knowledge.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Client and Technical Support

Have questions? Get advice in person, by email or over the phone.

Program content questions

Myrsini Zacharakis, Program Lawyer
mzacharakis@osgoode.yorku.ca

Online Technical Requirements

To ensure you do not encounter any issues that will impact or limit your learning experience, please review the following information.