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Sadia Warsi, Ph. D


Associate Professor, Early Childhood and Special Education

Programs/Classes Taught:


ECE 502: Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Experiences

ECE 504: Human Development: Infancy and Childhood

ECE 510: Child, Family and Community

ECE 523: Historical and Philosophical Foundations in Early Childhood Education


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:

Early Childhood Development of Children in Diverse Environments, Experiences of Children in Homeless Shelter, Disability and Literacy, Emergent Literacy Development of Children in Multicultural Environments, 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 Early Childhood Education and the Special Education Programs related to Child Development, Famility and Community, Literacy, Social and Emotional Development of Students with Disabilities, Frameworks and Perspectives in Disability and Poverty and Disability. She has also taught classes in the Alternative Teacher Licensure Program in Special Education at NLU.

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

Sadia consults with public and private schools related to the inclusion of young minority and refugee children with disabilities and multiculuralism.


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:

The Importance of Literacy and Books in Children's Development in Homeless Shelters

School Assimilation Experiences of Refugee Children

Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Classrooms

Contact Information:

Sadia Warsi, Ph. D

Associate Professor, Early Childhood and Special Education




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