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Student Advocacy & Legal Issues

(20 Hr Course) - $100*

*Individual purchase cost is $5 per credit hour for courses or some districts may have a contract.


Explore the teacher's role as student advocate. Examine the ethical expectations and obligations of educators. Investigate the legal issues of district policies, state statutes, and federal guidelines.


Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the foundations of abuse, neglect, and reporting abuse.
  • Identify characteristics and signs of abuse.
  • Identify strategies to use when reporting abuse.
  • Recognize the signs, types, and behavioral clues of abuse.
  • Identify school personnel actions to take if abuse is suspected.
  • Recognize indicators of substance abuse in children and adolescents.
  • Develop an awareness of the warning signs of students in emotional distress and of students who may be suicidal, and identify the next steps that teachers should take to assist students.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the definition of truancy and chronic absenteeism, vulnerable populations, root causes, and effects and strategies for intervention.
  • Identify protected student rights.
  • Identify the types of harassment.
  • Identify guidelines for professional use of social media.
  • Recognize elements of classroom control.
  • Identify elements of effective teacher-student relationships.
  • Explore legal issues for educators.
  • Identify behaviors that adhere to the Code of Ethics and Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession, and state statutes in Florida.

Documentation Methods

Participants must document their learning by completing the following summatives.

1 Multiple Choice Quiz - Learner demonstrates knowledge of content by selecting the correct answer from the choices provided.
4 Reflections - Learner synthesizes previous knowledge and course content in order to develop a narrative response.

The summatives must meet 80% of the established criteria.

Project Team


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