Response-to-Intervention (RTI)

This training grant, funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, will improve the quality and supply of personnel who serve children with disabilities by training master’s-level special educators and school psychology graduate students in skills needed to perform effectively in problem-solving teams involved in response-to-intervention (RTI). Considering that RTI procedures are designed to be (a) a general education-based mechanism for monitoring student progress, (b) part of the special education decision and problem-solving process, and (c) a method for continuing to monitor student performance and respond to individual needs after the child has been determined to be eligible for special education services, it is also essential to establish strong collaborations between future problem-solving team members who are not typically trained together.

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Over the two-year training program, scholars will acquire competencies in the following areas:

  • Shared vision and commitment
  • Administrative leadership and support
  • Collaborative planning and decision making
  • Resource mapping
  • Data-based decision making
  • Evidence-based prevention and intervention
  • Student progress monitoring
  • Identification and response to student needs
  • Professional development and support
  • Family and community involvement

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Funding & Service Obligation

  • The funding package includes $12,067 per year for two years for in-state residents; $25,558 per year for two years for out-of-state residents.
  • For each semester of funding that students receive, one year of service as a special educator is required after graduation.
  • Eight special education master’s students will be funded by this training grant, along with eight school psychology students.
  • The grant will provide funding on a rolling basis from AY 2019-20 through 2022-2023.


Upon completion of all the required components of the 2-year program, special education scholars will graduate with a Master’s degree and be eligible for professional certification:

  • K-12 Wisconsin teacher license in Cross-Categorical (CC) Special Education

Application Process

Visit the Special Education Master’s Page for Application Deadlines

Application requirements include:

  • Statement of Purpose – please indicate your interest in being considered for RtI in your statement.
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Current CV or resume
  • $75 application fee


Joey Anderson Lubasi


Phone: (608)263-3404

Kayla Armstrong Alfstad


423 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706

Nancy Coulter


Phone: (608) 262-3773

Hala Ghousseini


Phone: (608) 263-5035

Ann Halbach


Phone: (608) 262-1187

Kelly Hayek


Phone: (608) 262-4602

Katie Hustad

Credentials: Professor


Will Huth


Phone: (608) 262-1712

Carly Marco


Phone: (608) 263-4001

Javier Neira


Phone: (608) 263-3011

Mark Olson


Phone: (608) 890-3279

Omar Poler


Phone: (608) 263-4174

Katie Porwoll


Phone: (608) 262-2997

Andrea Ruppar

Credentials: Associate Professor and Special Education Area Chair


Jen Schoepke


Phone: UW-Madison Office: (608) 265-8255; MMSD Office: (608) 204-7804

Courtney Seidel

Credentials: Clinical Associate Professor, Speech-Language Pathologist


Kimber Wilkerson


Phone: (608) 263-4362