Medical imaging Carillon Tower Glass blowing Laptop and lecture A smiling student Sunrise over the Education Building Chairs on the Memorial Union Terrace Bascom hall staircase Graduating students in silhouette Crowd of people on Bascom Hill A student tutoring Student with diploma Dance Department performance Night view of Bascom in the winter Memorial Union Terrace in autumn Memorial Union Terrace chairs Dance department performance Bucky Badger in front of a parade float Bascom Hall in the summertime Lincoln statue Students walking in the snow University of Wisconsin - Madison Crest Lincoln statue in the snow Forward Logo Student at graduation Bicycle in the snow Rathskellar Fireplace Sailboat with Capitol Building in the background A sailboat at the Memorial Union Bascom Hill in Autumn Bucky Badger studying with a student. Students among blooming trees at UW-Madison Bucky reading a book University flag on Bascom Hill Video camera view screen Student on a frozen lake Lincoln Statue on Bascom Hill Bascom Hill in winter Students collaborating Memorial Union Terrace chairs in the snow Kohl Center logo Graduates with diplomas A hands-on project Stacked, illuminated figures View from the top of Van Hise


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.

2016 disAbility Advocate
The disAbility Advocate
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.


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.

Candice Wentlandt 1989-2016

Candice Wentlandt 

Our inaugural Teacher Tuesday is in memoriam of Candice Wentlandt, a 2012 graduate of our B.S. in Special Education. After graduation, Candice went on to become an amazing and dedicated special education teacher at Kennedy Elementary in Madison, WI where she worked tirelessly for her students. She also was a wonderful cooperating teacher, shaping the lives of future
special educators.

Her father shared the story of how in 2014, Candice was part of the 3rd Grade team at Kennedy when the class took a field trip to Camp Randall. Candice took the students onto the field and told them about her experience in the marching band and showed them her "spot" on the field. Always the teacher, she then lined up all of the third graders on the 20 yard line and gave a lesson in marching UW style (stop at the top!), then had them march to the 30. 

 The department sends our condolences to her family, friends, coworkers and students. We know we will all miss her captivating smile and sense of humor.

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. 



© 2016 Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System • Please contact the School of Education External Relations Office with questions, issues or comments about this site.