Sadia Warsi, Ph. D


Associate Professor in Special Education

Programs/Classes Taught:

SPECIAL EDUCATION (Learning Behavior Specialist 1)

  • SPE 500: Survey of Exceptional Children and Youth
  • SPE 501: Educational and Diagnostic Assessment of Exceptional Learners
  • SPE 503: Collaborative and Consultative Teaming & Teaching
  • SPE 506: Frameworks and Perspectives in Special Education
  • SPE 507: Social/Emotional Development Teaching and Support
  • SPE 508: Critical Literacy
  • SPE 509: Clinical Literacy

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. 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, Assessment of Students with Disabilities and Frameworks and Perspectives in 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. Her current research interests include the role of children’s literature in self-contained and inclusive special education classrooms in urban settings and also with parents and children who are residing in homeless shelters and families of children with disabilities who have refugee status in the United States. 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 in the urban residency programs, researching how in-service teachers utilize children's literature in their self-contained classes to facilitate the social emotional growth of their students with disabilities. In addition, she is continuing her study on Muslim immigrant parent involvement in special education in the United States.

Contact Information:

Sadia Warsi, Ph. D

Associate Professor, Special Education




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