Law, Ethics, and the Educator

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May 11 2022 to Aug 09 2022
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This course is offered every other year.

Constitutional and statutory provisions governing a public school system are examined on local, state and national levels. Particular attention will be paid to the legal and ethical parameters of compliance of federal and state guidelines, legislation, judicial decisions, and precedent-setting cases generated to meet the needs of diverse student populations.


This course may be taken either as part of a Licensure Program or as an individual course for PDPs. Graduate Credit through Fitchburg State University is available at additional cost; Master’s Degree and CAGS options are available. Click here to learn more about Graduate Credit.

Cost and Registration

This course  is included in your CES Initial Licensure tuition cost if it is required for your program. If you are a Licensure Enrollee and your account is in good standing, please indicate your status when registering for the course.

This course may also be taken individually for professional development and/or license renewal. The tuition cost for the individual course is $875. Click here for more information about tuition and fees.

Course Structure, Dates and Locations

This course includes a mix of asynchronous and synchronous online learning experiences. 

The course will run from May 11 - August 9, 2022. Coursework begins on the course start date. You will be required to log in and complete activities prior to the first online synchronous session. 

Please reserve the following dates for online synchronous sessions: 

  • May 14, June 18, July 16, 2022; 9:00am - 12:30pm
  • August 2 and 3, 2022; 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Registration Deadline: May 10


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    Dr. Todd Gazda is the Executive Director of the Collaborative for Educational Services. Dr. Gazda was the Superintendent of Ludlow Public Schools from 2012 to 2021. In addition, he serves as the Vice President of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.), and serves as a member of the M.A.S.S. Executive Committee and Legislative Committee.

For more information, contact:
413.586.4900 Option 5

Important Information


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available, we will inform you of available options.

If course enrollment is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, options will be made available that may include taking the course in another location or semester, or participating in face-to-face sessions virtually, where students see, hear, and interact with the class through the web.

Some courses may continue to have seats available after online registration has closed. Please contact the Licensure Registrar at or (413) 586-4900, Option 5, if you would like to register for this course after online registration has closed.

Registrations submitted after the 5:00pm deadline noted for each course must be sent by mail and include the course tuition. Please contact the registrar at

Coursework and Attendance

Attendance at all face-to-face sessions is mandatory. Missing a face-to-face session will reduce your grade by one letter grade. If you know you cannot attend one of the face-to-face sessions for this course, please consider taking this course the next time it is offered.

All coursework is due by the course end date.

CES Continuing Education Loans

Students enrolled in CES Licensure programs, as well as those seeking Master's Degrees and CAGS through Fitchburg State University, have the option to finance their programs with loans through UMassFive College Federal Credit Union (

Loan program details:

Inclement Weather

If a Saturday class is cancelled, the class will meet on the following day, Sunday. If a Sunday class is cancelled, the class will not be rescheduled. Students may receive information from their instructor regarding alternate assignments.

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.