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.
No. 1 Rehabilitation Counseling Program
The rehabilitation counseling program, ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, prepares graduates to improve the quality of life and foster inclusion for individuals with disabilities. The program gives students exposure to leaders, individual contributors, consumer and advocacy groups, and others in the field.
No. 10 Special Education Program
The top-10 ranked special education program with teacher certification prepares students to assume leadership positions dedicated to enhancing the education of all students. The general master’s program is flexible and can be tailored to the goals of each student.
Our researchers address some of society’s most critical needs in education and health. The impact of this work reaches far beyond campus, across Wisconsin and the globe. Our students work hand in hand on projects focused on positive behavior interventions, transition outcomes for youth with disabilities, and the overall well-being of individuals with disabilities.
- UW–Madison’s Wilkerson appears on PBS NewsHour to discuss shortage of special educators in schools
- UW–Madison partners with University of Washington for new special education doctoral opportunity
- Several Wisconsin media outlets cover UW–Madison’s new special education teacher residency program
- Global Engagement Office celebrates five years building worldwide connections
- February 27Global Day 2024Wisconsin and the World11:00 AM, Varsity Hall, Union South
- February 27“The lessons of the Citizen School project in Porto Alegre, Brazil to building democracy and curricular justice in educaLACIS Lunchtime Lecture Series12:00 PM, 206 Ingraham Hall
Also offered online
- February 28