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Main Office

Department of Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education
School of Education
Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall, Rm. 431
MadisonWisconsin  53706

Tel: 608/263.5970
Fax: 608/263.5970

Email: rpseinfo@education.wisc.edu
or by contact form

Welcome to RPSE

Welcome to the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education (RPSE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the only department solely committed to improving the lives of people with disabilities.

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Spring 2016 newsletter


Our programs prepare graduates in entry-level and leadership positions to work with, or on behalf of people with disabilities and their families in a range of health, human services, and educational settings. Graduates are employed in a variety of positions including: program coordinators, therapists, advocates, transition specialists, employment specialists, case managers, rehabilitation counselors, counselor educators, special education teachers, teacher educators, administrators, and researchers.


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Teacher Tuesday

- Every couple of Tuesdays, we will feature a current or former student from the special education Program to share why they chose special education and why they chose UW-Madison.

  Anne Lewandowski 


Anne Lewandowski is a senior in our Special Education program. She is currently doing her student teaching internship at O'Keefe Middle School in Madison, WI, where she teaches  6th, 7th, and 8th

Why Special Education? Special Education has always captured my attention and my desire to help people and make a positive impact on their quality of life. It has allowed me to strive to apply to the UW-Madison School of Education, specifically the special education program. My mission in life is to promote equality and to give my lifelong love and devotion to helping others via the route of special education. 

Why UW-Madison? While there are hundreds of education programs across the country, UW-Madison has the most unique experience I have ever witnessed in an education program. We are presented with so many opportunities to get involved with service, practicums, student teaching, and making professional connections to guest speakers and most important, our professors and teaching assistants. Communication and involvement are absolutely crucial to succeed in the realm of special education and this academic team and well-designed and fully equipped program allows one to go above and beyond to pursue their dreams of becoming an extraordinary special education teacher. I would not have chosen any other place to study special education and strive to make my dreams come true. On Wisconsin.

Excellence in Research and Community Engagement

Professor Bal and Dean Hess 


Assistant Professor, Dr. Aydin Bal Receives School of Education Community Engaged Scholarship Award
Dr. Bal, professor of Special Education, works with schools in the implementation of a framework for Culturally Responsive Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports to address disproportionate impacts of school discipline on youth from nondominant cultural and linguistic backgrounds. He recently co-authored an article in the Review of Educational Research (journal of the American Educational Research Association) which offers a new way of assessing the cultural responsiveness of research  ​in special education. 



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