Master of Science in ABA
Scholarship Opportunities for New ABA Master's Students
Project EBAS: Enhancing Behavior Analytic Services
All students accepted in the ABA Master's Program are eligible to apply to participate in Project EBAS, a $1.11 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (H325K170085) to help prepare high-quality scholars to serve as either Board Certified Behavior Analysts or School Psychologists who can contribute to the provision of focused instruction and individualized positive behavioral interventions and supports in an interdisciplinary team-based approach for school-aged children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD).
Project EBAS aims to:
- Prepare high-quality scholars to serve as either Board Certified Behavior Analysts or School Psychologists,
- Contribute to the provision of focused instruction, and
- Provide individualized positive behavioral interventions and supports in an interdisciplinary team-based approach for school-aged children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders.
Over the 5 years of funding (2017-2022), Project EBAS will prepare 15 scholars from the ABA Master's Program within the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences and 14 scholars from the School Psychology Educational Specialist Program within the College of Education. To identify high quality applicants for admission, the project will select candidates whose interests match the project's goals. Interest in becoming a school-based behavior analyst or school psychologist and willingness to provide related services as a collaborative team member for children with disabilities in educational systems will be emphasized in the selection process.
- Paid tuition (in-state rate)
- Out-of-state tuition waiver for non-Florida residents
- Stipends for full-time participation
- Financial assistance for conference attendance
The EBAS program requires 47 credit hours (41 credits in ABA and 6 credits in Positive Behavior Support) for ABA Master's Program scholars. Beyond the master's degree in ABA, the Project EBAS program students will be prepared to graduate with certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA) and Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support, and to sit for the examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Features of the project include:
- Graduate Certificate Program in Positive Behavior Support
- Coordinated and supervised practicum
- Monthly seminars
- Summer Institute
- Florida Center for Inclusive Communities Trainee Program
- Case studies or thesis research in high-need schools
- Portfolio development
- Conference participation
Upon exiting the program, all students receiving scholarships through this project
are required to maintain employment on a full time or full-time equivalent basis and
provide related services to children with disabilities in the school system for a
period of two years for every one year for which assistance is received. For more
information about the programs service obligation component, please visit the Personnel
Development Program at https://Project EBAS is a 5-year, $1.11 million grant funded
by the pdp.ed.gov/OSEP.
Dr. Kwang-Sun Blair | 813-974-2129
Tracy-Ann Gilbert-Smith | 813-974-3341
All students accepted in the ABA Master's Program are eligible to apply to participate in Project ABA, a 5-year $1.06 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (H325K140309), which aims to prepare 20 highly qualified behavior analysts to contribute to evidence-based practices (EBP) in Applied Behavior Analysis for children with autism.
Graduate students will be prepared to:
- Select and incorporate EBP in designing intervention plans for children with autism across all grade levels.
- Use various assessment methods to identify child strengths and needs and to develop goals and objectives in the core deficit areas related to autism.
- Assess child behaviors using functional behavioral assessment methods.
- Develop positive behavioral interventions and supports.
- Design multi-component intervention plans with contextual fit.
- Collaborate with educators, families, and other team members in all aspects of intervention development, implementation, and evaluation.
- Provide training and consultation support to educators and families to implement interventions with fidelity.
- Collect and analyze monitoring data to assist teams with decision-making.
- Incorporate technologies into interventions and service delivery.
- Evaluate EBP outcomes for children with autism.
Project ABA will prepare 4 cohorts of 5 students on a 2-year cycle. Through evidence-based practices course work and practicum experience, the project will prepare the students to graduate with a Master's degree in ABA as well as with a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) certification and a Positive Behavior Support certificate, and to sit for the examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
In order to be eligible for the Project ABA program, a student must:
- Have been accepted into the Applied Behavior Analysis Master's Program at USF
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
- Have goals consistent with the program
- Have a strong interest in providing services to children with autism in the public school system
All students accepted in the ABA Master's Program are eligible to apply to participate in Project ABA. The ABA Master's Program will attach a Project ABA application form to each student's offer of admission letter. Interested applicants should submit an application including an application form, a letter of intent, and a curriculum vita.
Project ABA Support
The ABA Project students will receive
- Paid tuition (in-state rate)
- Out-of-state tuition waiver available for non-Florida residents
- A yearly stipend for full-time 12-month participation
- Financial assistance for conference attendance and textbooks