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Doctorate of Education in Teaching and Learning (Ed.D.) Disability and Equity in Education Major

Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning: Disability and Equity in Education

The doctorate of education in teaching and learning with a major in disability and equity in education is intended for individuals committed to effecting institutional and social change in the ways in which disability is understood, designed for, and represented.

NLU’s disability and equity in education (DEE) doctoral students have a commitment to the full and meaningful participation of people with disabilities in education and throughout society as a fundamental human right, but also as a key to developing a more dimensional and just society. Our students are prepared to impact policy and practice through critical research, scholarship and pedagogy centered on the analysis of disability in personal, social, cultural, political, economic and historical contexts.

Consider getting your doctorate of education in teaching and learning with disability and equity major at 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 study 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 allows candidates to prepare for such careers through optional 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

Get more information today about enrolling in one of NLU's degree programs. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).


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