This project will recruit, prepare, retain, evaluate, mentor, and graduate highly qualified personnel from rural communities of Texas in the area of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), by using distributed learning technologies and instructional methods. The aim is to reach out to special education teachers and parents who live in rural parts of Texas and who do not have access to high-quality, comprehensive autism training. The project will use distributed educational technologies and instructional formats (including trigger video, blogging, journaling, role playing, simulations, scenarios, games and peer evaluation of products, video streaming, and video-conferencing and teleconferencing) to provide expert preparation in the area of ASD, including mild, moderate, and severe levels of disability. The project will utilize all of the courses in the existing Autism Intervention Master's Degree and redesign the instructional delivery model from face-to-face to distributed learning technologies to provide effective preparation of personnel in rural parts of Texas. In addition to the required coursework, the project will also fund an intensive one-week summer institute at the University of North Texas, Denton for all program participants, in order to provide additional hands-on training and mentorship. A minimum of 65% of the total annual funds is designated for personnel support. Finally, when students graduate from this program, regional and local experts will mentor them during their first year of teaching to ensure retention.