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The doctorate of education in Teaching and Learning - Disability and Equity in Education from National Louis University 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.


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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    63 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Scholarly Habits of Mind 
  • Psychological Foundations ot Teaching and Learning 
  • Epistemology ot Learning, Teaching and Inquiry 
  • Critical Policy Analysis 
  • Teacher Knowledge in Disciplines 
  • Dissertation Research Seminar 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Submit three letters of recommendation. Two of the three required letters should be completed by people who can attest to the candidate’s capacity to complete rigorous graduate studies and one by a person supervising the applicant’s professional work.
  • Submit written responses to the following four questions:
    • What are your professional goals and how do you envision doctoral experiences supporting and/or relevant to achieving those goals?
    • What previous professional and personal experiences encouraged you to apply to this doctoral program?
    • Please explain what readings, academic studies or specific ideas have contributed to your current understandings as a professional.
    • How do you strive to enact these understandings?

Tuition Fee

  • International

    774 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 774 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    774 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 774 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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