The faculty in the M.S. in ABA program has received two grants from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. These grants are described below. Student funding for the ABA program will commence in Fall of 2022 and 2024 for UNITY grant and Fall of 2022 for TIERS.

These grants provide full in-state tuition and a stipend for scholars. Please contact Dr. Justin Lane ( for more information on the UNITY grant or Dr. Jennifer Grisham ( for more information on the TIERS grant.

About the Grants

Tiered Instruction, Engagement, Responding, and Services (TIERS) personnel preparation grant is funded for five years by the U.S. Department of Education and totals $1,250,000. It is administered by Drs. Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Collin Shepley, Sarah Hawkins-Lear, and Justin Lane.

The grant will pair scholars in the Applied Behavior Analysis and Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education master’s degree programs to collaborate with and coach parents and educators to improve socially meaningful behaviors in young children with high-intensity needs in the home, community, and inclusive preschool classrooms in rural and urban areas of Kentucky.

Project UNITY: Unifying and Inspiring All Teachers to Yield Meaningful Growth in Children with Disabilities. It is administered by Drs. Justin Lane, Amy Spriggs, and Sally Shepley.

This grant will increase the number of behavior analysts and special education teacher leaders serving students with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder in the state of Kentucky (KY). Scholars will work together during shared fieldwork experiences with students in kindergarten through 12th grade with moderate to severe disabilities (MSD) who display significant deficits in academics, adaptive behavior, and social communication.