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Graduate Certificate in Education Law and Policy

Graduate Certificate in Education Law and Policy

All citizens, and especially those working for public agencies, must know the laws governing their profession.

John Dayton



The online Graduate Certificate in Education Law and Policy was initiated to support education professionals in acquiring a working knowledge of relevant legal requirements and policy administration and improvement skills, and to support education professionals in acquiring and documenting knowledge and skills in the field of education law and policy. Education professionals with these skills are advantaged in competition for professional positions and are better prepared for success in practice. The primary purpose of this certificate program is to provide for unmet needs in professional development in the areas of education law-related knowledge, policy development, and administration.


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. The University of Georgia also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (


To be considered for admission, prospective candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and must otherwise meet the requirements for admission to a graduate program at the University of Georgia. Students will enroll in this certificate as a supplemental program alongside a graduate degree. Students must submit a statement of purpose seeking admission to the Graduate Certificate in Education Law and Policy. Eligible candidates for admission are screened by faculty to determine whether they are likely to be academically successful in the program and whether the program is a good fit for their stated educational and professional objectives. 

Specifically, the admission process requires: (a) Completion and submission of an online application including applicable fees; (b) Cumulative grade point average for all previous undergraduate and graduate courses, with a preferred standard of a minimum of 3.25 on a 4-point scale; (c) A brief statement of purpose for study in the Graduate Certificate in Education Law and Policy

Graduate Certificate in Education Law and Policy Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Select Campus – Online 
  3. Select Degree Level – Certificate
  4. Select Intended Program – (TBD)
  5. Select Intended Term –  Fall, Spring, Summer
  6. Résumé or curriculum vita – Submit online to the Graduate School.
  7. Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-two page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program.
  8. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants

  • Fall:  Deadline July 1
  • Spring: Deadline November 15
  • Summer: Deadline May 1

International Applicants

  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: February 15

TOEFL: Foreign applicants will also need to score a minimum of 20 points each on the Speaking and Writing sections of the TOEFL with an overall minimum score of 80. Test scores must be within 5 years from the date of application.


Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar’s Office website for current tuition and fees.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. Potential additional costs include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades.

The complete cost of attendance can be found at

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 


The Graduate Certificate in Education Law and Policy requires the successful completion of 15 total graduate credit-hours in the area of education law and policy, including:

CourseTitleCredit Hours
EDLP 8100EIntroduction to Education Law and Policy3
EDLP 9100EResearch Seminar in Education Law and Policy / Capstone Project3
Electives in Education Law and or policy in consultation with academic advisor9

Specialization electives in Education Law and Policy may be selected from a wide range of options including education law and policy-related courses in the College of Education; Institute of Higher Education; School of Law; School of Public and Environmental Affairs; School of Public Health; School of Social Work; and other appropriate courses at the University of Georgia. Most students will be completing the certificate in conjunction with a graduate degree from the University of Georgia. Specialization electives for the EDLP certificate may be completed as part of the degree program of study.



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