Sadia Warsi, Ph. D


Associate Professor, Chair in Special Education

Programs/Classes Taught:

SPECIAL EDUCATION (Learning Behavior Specialist 1)

SPE 507: Social/Emotional Development Teaching and Support
SPE 508 Literacy across the Curriculum for Students with Disabilities  
SPE 509 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners
DEE 690 Special Topics in Disability and Equity Studies: Confluence of Disability and Poverty

Areas of Expertise:

Poverty, Disability and Literacy, Emergent Literacy, Minority Parent Involvement in Special Education, Urban Teacher Education, Inclusion and Qualitative Methodology.


Dr. Sadia Warsi is a tenured Associate Professor and chair in the Special Education Program. She joined the special education program at National Louis University in 2003. She teaches an array of graduate classes in the special education program related to Literacy, Social and Emotional Development of Students with Disabilities, Frameworks and Perspectives in Disability and the intersection between poverty and disability. She has also taught classes in the alternative education programs at NLU.

Sadia has extensive experience in working with pre-service and in-service teachers in urban educational settings. Sadia’s experiences and influences as a student in India, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Canada along with her work with immigrant families of students with disabilities and with children in homeless shelters inform her teaching, service and research at NLU.


2000 Ph. D., Special Education, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education
1995 M.A.T., Special Education, The American University, College of Education
1993 B.A., English Literature, University of Manitoba

Research and Interests:

Dr. Warsi is currently conducting her research on how in-service teachers utilize children's literature in their self-contained classes to facilitate the social emotional growth of their students with disabilities. 

Contact Information:

Sadia Warsi, Ph. D

Associate Professor, Special Education




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