Project Prevent and Address Bullying Behavior at All Tiers

We're recruiting students from the Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) and Special Education programs for an exciting new training opportunity. Project Prevent and Address Bullying Behavior at All Tiers (PPABB) provide specialized, cross-disciplinary training on dealing with bullying in schools.

A $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help train future school psychologists and special educators on how to protect students from bullying and engaging in bullying behavior towards others and build positive environments in schools where bullying is less likely to occur.

If selected to participate, you'll receive many learning opportunities, including the knowledge and experience needed to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential. You'll also receive substantial financial support, including:

  • Tuition waiver for your graduate program.
  • Reimbursement for most fees.
  • Regular stipends to support some living expenses.
  • Some stipend support for conference travel.

Each year, all students who are selected to participate in our MA/SSP program in School Psychology will automatically join as new PPABB scholars. These scholars are students who receive extra training in addition to their M.A./SSP course load and are fully funded through the PPABB grant. Additional scholars will be receiving this training through our master's in Special Education program at NIU.


In order to be eligible to participate, you must:

  • Enter the specialist in school psychology or special education program in the fall of 2022, 2023 or 2024.
  • Be a full-time student, if in the school psychology program. (Classes and practicum are during the day, and you're not able to work outside of the program.) Note that the special education scholars will likely be full-time educators, so classes will be in the evenings.

U.S. Office of Special Education Programs Logo: Ideas that WorkDisclaimer: This information was developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, #H325K200086. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Sarah Allen.