Special Education Ph.D. Program

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Main Office

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

Tel: 608/263.5970
Fax: 608/263.5970

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

Special Education - Doctoral Program


The Ph.D. program prepares leaders in the field of Special Education to bring systemic change to educational and community settings in ways that​ improve access and equity for children and youth with disabilities and their families. The program prepares graduates to address pressing issues in the field including increasing equity across diverse groups of students, ​improving post-school outcomes for individuals with disabilities, and enhancing teacher efficacy in secondary education methodologies with students with disabilities.

Doctoral Student and Advisor at Commencement 

The doctoral program prepares outstanding researchers and leaders who will advance new knowledge related to the education of individuals with disabilities.  



Transition and vocational education is one the many areas of faculty research in Special Education at UW-Madison. Faculty research interests focus on research methods, adolescence, transition and vocational education, and diversity and equity issues in the field of Special Education. The program focuses on developing outstanding researchers and leaders who will contribute to creating, integrating and disseminating new knowledge related to the education and rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.

Program Faculty

Special Education Doctoral Handbook 2018-2019 for students admitted to the program fall 2018

Special Education Doctoral Handbook 2016-2017 for students admitted to the program fall 2016 and fall 2017

Program Forms and Handouts

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