Doctorate in Disability and Equity in Education

National Louis University's doctoral program in disability and equity in education (Ed.D.) is designed for individuals interested in exploring the historical, political, social, cultural, pedagogical and philosophical values, beliefs and processes that have constructed disability in education. Social equity and justice require action and social action requires leaders who are critically reflective, future-oriented thinkers willing to take risks and accept responsibilities for enacting the vision of a just society. Students in NLU’s Ed.D. - Disability and Equity in Education program have that vision. At the heart of the Ed.D. - Disability and Equity in Education is a commitment to working actively and strategically toward social justice and equity in schools, communities, policy, politics and practice.

Consider getting your Ed.D. - Disability and Equity in Education at NLU if you:

  • Are interested in exploring Disability Studies and the historical, political, social, cultural, pedagogical and philosophical values and beliefs and processes that have constructed disability in education
  • Have a master's degree
  • Want to study at a well-established teaching institution
  • Are looking for small classes and a flexible schedule that fits your lifestyle
  • Want to work in higher education, community or policy positions

Why NLU for Ed.D. - Disability and Equity in Education

National Louis University is one of four universities in North America providing opportunity to study Disability Studies within the context of Education. NLU is a leader in the field. The university founded the Second City Disability Studies in Education Conference in 2001. Since then, the DSE conference has become an international conference that brings scholars from all over the world (e.g., Australia, Belgium, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, etc.) and from all parts of the U.S. The DSE conference serves as a catalyst for grappling with some of the challenges of reframing disability from a perspective of individual deficit to an understanding of disability as a result of an inflexible social system. NLU has a nationally and internationally recognized and accomplished faculty in Disability Studies in Education which provide a supportive environment for young scholars and provide students opportunities for professional involvement beyond the university.

Learn within a collaborative environment

At NLU, the small classes provide you with a sense of teamwork during your studies, as well as a network of professionals that will remain intact long after graduation. The research courses are interdisciplinary, drawing students from several doctoral programs and provide Ed.D. - Disability and Equity in Education students opportunities to learn and grow by experiencing various educational perspectives.

What You Will Learn

  • How to become activists for equity in schools, communities, policy and practice
  • How to affect social change through research and teaching
  • How to combine theory and practice to create a viable learning community
  • An in-depth understanding of the historical, political, social, cultural and philosophical values, beliefs and processes that have shaped the disability in education field

Career Outlook

The Disability and Equity in Education program prepares individuals for roles in higher education, research, community leadership or public policy analysis. A recent U.S. Department of Education sponsored study1 found that there is a growing shortage of higher education faculty who are prepared to teach the students who will provide services to students with disabilities. NLU's Disability and Equity in Education program offers the possibility for students to prepare for such careers through teaching or co-teaching in master's and bachelor's programs and other supervised research opportunities.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at nl.edu/applyonline.

Get more information today about enrolling at NLU. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888.658.8632).

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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