Course Description

Be A Changemaker. Move From Teacher to Teacher Leader - A Fully Online Course

This course is scheduled to be revised and currently not available for enrollment.  Check back in January 2022.  Contact Program Coordinator at continuinged@sandiego.edu with any questions, adding "Teacher Leader Certificate" on the subject line.

Leaving the classroom does not mean no interaction with students - but it does mean DIFFERENT interaction with students and their parents! Now you are the one disciplining them based on the teacher's referral and having to make tough legal and judgment calls. You will be introduced to California Education Law student service issues: Discipline, Attendance, Special Education, 504s, intervention and support.  You will also be given an opportunity to solve some of these problems. This course is part of the Teacher Leader Certificate, which provides you with training in educational issues, laws and programs, so that you can transition into teacher leader roles on your campus. You will also examine the requirements of the California Preliminary Administrative Credential Exam (CPACE) and develop your own plan for professional development.

Learner Outcomes

  • Think like a teacher leader and administrator
  • Familiarize yourself with key legal requirements and limitations regarding student discipline, attendance and due process
  • Become familiar with the legal requirements as well as application impact of special education rulings
  • Understand the difference between special education and 504 students from the perspective of administration and school resources
  • Apply your knowledge of law, situation and theory to real-world scenarios
  • Demonstrate your reasoning and written communication skills

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education to K-12 teachers interested in becoming a teacher leader at their school or district, or eventually pursuing an administrative credential, and any educator in the state of California looking for CPACE exam preparation.

Course Materials: Text, Discipline with Dignity, 3rd edition, by Richard Curwin, Allen Mendler, and Brian Mendler, available at your local bookstore or online at Amazon.com; and text, California School Law, 3rd edition, by Frank Kemerer and Peter Sansom. (We recommend that you have the 3rd edition, but if you started the program with the 2nd edition, you can still complete work for this course with that version for a limited time.) This second book is available at your local bookstore, online at Amazon.com, or online from Stanford University Press. Note: the eBook does not include page numbers consistent with the course materials and other resources, so it is not recommended for long-term use. However, if you need immediate access to the materials, order the book from Stanford University Press and view the eBook until your copy arrives.

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