The grant provides funding for students pursuing degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis, Special Education


LEXINGTON, Kentucky (February 16, 2022) —the University of Kentucky College of Education received $1.25 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education to provide support for students pursuing an interdisciplinary education in the Applied Behavioral Analysis and special educationModerate and severe disabilities master’s programs.

“This grant will increase the number of behavior analysts and special education teacher leaders serving students with disabilities in the state of Kentucky. Researchers will work together in shared fieldwork experiences with students from K-12 with moderate to severe disabilities who exhibit significant deficits in academics, adaptive behavior, and social communication,” said Justin Lane, Ph.D., Principal Investigator of the Personnel Readiness Grant. and associate professor at Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Counselor Training.

The program, known as Project UNITY: Unifying and Inspiring All Teachers to Yield Meaningful Growth in Children with Disabilities, will provide students with a stipend of $13,000 per semester to be used for in-state tuition and fees of subsistence.

The deadline to apply for the Master of Special Education – Moderate and Severe Disabilities program is Tuesday, May 31. Once admitted to the master’s program, students will apply for UNITY project funding and funding decisions will be made in June. The program offers the option of full-time or part-time study, as well as on-campus and online course options. (The Applied Behavior Analysis program is no longer accepting applications for UNITY for Fall 2022).

In addition, the grant includes the opportunity to fund one full-time doctoral student who will participate in grant-related activities, such as supervising students in schools and students pursuing certification as a Certified Behavior Analyst. by the board (BCBA). The opportunity includes tuition support and a stipend. A successful candidate must be a BCBA in good standing.

In addition to Lane, faculty benefiting from the grant include Amy Spriggs, Ph.D., and Sally Shepley, Ph.D.

This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs under an award H325K210041 in the total amount of $1,250,000 funded 100% by the Office of Education Programs Special (OSEP).


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