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Associate Professor
Literacy, Leadership, Development and Special Education
College of Education
(773) 442-5992
Assessment, mental health, cultural and linguistic diversity
Courses Taught
SPED 380 Assessment of Exceptional Individuals and Diverse Populations in Special Education
SPED 501: Characteristics of Children and Youths with Disabilites
SPED 504: Assessment I – Principles of Educational Assessment in Special Education
SPED 509: Methods I: Specialized Curriculum & Methods in Special Education
SPED 508: Methods II - General Curriculum & Methods in Special Education
SPED 507: Internship I: Assessing and Teaching Individuals with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
SPED 524: Practicum for Behavior Specialist
SPED 529: Practicum LBS II
Research Interests
Best educational and assessment practices in elementary and secondary schools; appropriate education and evaluation methods of culturally and linguistically diverse students; psycho-educational assessment of high incidence disabilities; autistic spectrum disorder; attention deficit hyperactivity Disorder; learning disabilities; mental health in schools and the role of support staff in students’ social and emotional learning; positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS); scientifically research based materials and instructional delivery methods to meet needs of all students; response to intervention (RTI) service delivery model with explicit interest in high schools; disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education.

Ed.D. School Psychology   
National Louis University, Skokie, Illinois
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
National Louis University, Evanston, Illinois 
B.A. Special Education
Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago


Jolanta Jonak, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She earned an Ed.D. in Educational Psychology with concentration in School Psychology. Her previous degrees are in Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Jonak has worked as a special education teacher and school psychologist in various elementary and high school settings in the greater Chicago area. Her research interests are in cultural and linguistic diversity, high-incidence disabilities, best educational and assessment practices of diverse students, and mental health.

Room LWH 3024
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5992
Office Hours
Wednesday: 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Thursdays: Noon–4:00 p.m.
Main Campus