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Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education


Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 431, Madison, WI 53706; 608-263-5860; rpse.education.wisc.edu

Student Services: Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 431c, Madison, WI 53706; 608-263-4608

Professors Chan, Hanley-Maxwell, Rosenthal, Trainor, Wilkerson (chair); Associate Professor Trainor; Assistant Professors Bal, Doren, Leko, Miller Smedema, Phillips, Ruppar, Tansey

Degrees granted: B.S. in Education, M.A. in Rehabilitation Psychology, M.S. in Rehabilitation Psychology, M.A. in Special Education, M.S. in Special Education, Ph.D. with a major in Rehabilitation Psychology, Ph.D. with a major in Special Education.

The Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education prepares personnel, through professional education, research, and service, for the education and/or rehabilitation of people of all ages with disabilities. Instruction and research emphasize educational and behavioral assessment and treatment of children, as well as counseling, assessment, case management, advocacy, and job placement with adults to facilitate improved personal, social, and vocational adjustment.

Targeted populations encompassed by the program include adults and children with physical disabilities, emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, alcohol and other drug abuse, and persons involved with the criminal justice system.

Special education and rehabilitation psychology are intrinsically related, both in basic objectives and in professional education and research. The instructional program includes core study areas, practica, and research experiences relevant to the development of various professional roles.

The undergraduate instructional program provides a (1) cross-categorical teacher certification in Special Education and (2) a pre-professional undergraduate major in Rehabilitation Psychology. A Special Education/Elementary Education dual major is also being offered jointly with the department of Curriculum and Instruction.