In addition to the degree programs previously described, the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis offers several professional development opportunities to both first-time students and to alumni interested in continuing their graduate education. These are listed below.
School Law Institute
For over 20 years, this five-day program has offered public- and charter-school educators (administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, etc.), policy analysts, policymakers, union reps, advocates and others the tools they need to address important current issues of law, policy, research, and practice. Available for 3 graduate credits or on a non-credit basis, nationally eminent faculty members use lectures, discussions and simulations to explore such issues as charter schools, fiscal equity and educational adequacy; safety and order (harassment, child abuse, tort liability, search and seizure, and cyber-bullying); race, poverty, and education; NCLB and Race to the Top; the rights and needs of students with disabilities and English-language learners; and promoting diversity in education after Parents Involved. For more information, visit www.tc.edu/schoollaw or contact Professor Jay Heubert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concurrent Programs in Education and Law
The Education Policy and Social Analysis Department and Columbia Law School offer courses that prepare students for positions that require knowledge and expertise in education law. There are at present no formal joint-degree programs between Teachers College and Columbia Law School, but students admitted to both schools may be eligible (through ad hoc arrangements) to pursue education and law degrees concurrently. For information, contact Professor Jay Heubert at email@example.com.