Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning: Disability and Equity in Education
The Doctorate of Education in Teaching and Learning with Disability and Equity in Education major 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.
NLU’s Disability and Equity in Education (DEE) doctoral students have the vision of a just society achieved through social equity and justice. Students will become leaders who are critically reflective, future-oriented thinkers willing to take risks and accept responsibilities for enacting that vision.
Consider getting your Doctorate of Education in Teaching and Learning with Disability and Equity major at National Louis University (NLU) if you:
- Bring a passion for developing the scholarship to serve as a leader, change agent, scholar, and researcher with advanced expertise in 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
- 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 education field
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, and is the founder of 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 who provide a supportive environment for young scholars and provide students opportunities for professional involvement beyond the university.
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 Disability and Equity in Education students opportunities to learn and grow by experiencing various educational perspectives.
The Disability and Equity in Education major 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.
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.
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