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Department Overview

Welcome to the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education (RPSE) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. We are the only department solely committed to improving the lives of people with disabilities, as well as their families. We do this by preparing leaders, researchers, practitioners, and clinicians to serve as resources and advocates; to work cooperatively with individuals and families, public and private service agencies, and schools; and to actively participate in local, state, national, and international professional organizations.

Our programs prepare graduates for entry-level and leadership positions 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.​

COVID-19 Notice

UW-Madison has paused in-person classes from Sept. 10-25 and made other changes to reduce the spread of COVID-19. During this period, in-person gatherings, including all social events and work gatherings of more than 10 people, are cancelled. Event listings below may not yet have been updated to reflect this change.