This project will produce 30 new teachers over a four-year period with degrees of B.S.Ed. or Master's of Assistive Technology in special education. It will also upgrade the skills of an additional 12 teachers who will earn Master of Arts in Education degrees. All degrees will result in initial or advanced state certification for teaching students with severe disabilities. For this project, students with severe disabilities include those students who are likely to require on-going supports throughout their lives. These are people with significant intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The project has three additional goals of: (a) improving participants? ability to base instruction on the general education curriculum; (b) improving skills in the use of Positive Behavior Supports to address challenging behavior; and (c) preparing participants to be more effective teachers of students with ASD. The project will use components of the university's long-established Teacher Support Program in order to help maintain teachers in their positions beyond graduation and thus address the issue of attrition. All goals of the project are based on documented regional, state and national needs. Students will enroll in one of three special education degree programs: M.A.Ed., M.A.T., or the B.S.Ed. degree. With the completion of their degrees, participants will earn North Carolina licensure in Adapted Curriculum or Severe/Profound Disabilities. In all coursework, students will acquire and demonstrate evidence-based practices for teaching students with severe disabilities. Courses will be offered in a traditional face-to-face manner, and online. Evaluations will be conducted to address the goals and impact of the project. The project will also work closely with local school districts, other departments within Western Carolina University, other colleges and universities, and with the members of the project's Special Education Advisory Board in order to assure the success of the project.