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ERIC Number: ED517833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Legal Issues for Future Educators. F.E.A. Research and Policy Brief
Zirkel, Perry A.; Karanxha, Zorka
Future Educators Association
As a hybrid between a college or university student and an elementary or secondary school employee, the student teacher is in a special situation. The potential for being a plaintiff (the party who sues), the defendant (the party who is sued), or a third party that is integrally involved in a lawsuit is higher because the bodies of law pertinent to both students and employees apply, the intersections of these bodies of law are complex, and the student teacher is typically inexperienced in not only the teaching profession but also the law. Legislation in each state provides colleges and universities with authority to include student teaching as a compulsory component of teacher preparation programs. Considering the importance of student teaching as a final and key phase in the preparation of the future teachers of the nation's schools, this article provides a brief sampling of the legal issues and concepts of interest to future educators generally and student teachers specifically. This paper presents a case from each phase of student teaching: 1) admission to student teaching, 2) conditions of student teaching, and 3) dismissal from student teaching.
Future Educators Association. Available from: Phi Delta Kappa International. 408 North Union Street, P.O. Box 7888, Bloomington, IN 47407. Tel: 800-766-1156; Tel: 812-339-1156; Fax: 812-339-0018; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Phi Delta Kappa International
Authoring Institution: Future Educators Association
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)