This project will support annually the preparation of five to eight full-time graduate students per year and an additional seven part-time students per year who are interested in teaching secondary aged students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Specifically, the project will prepare teachers to: (a) deliver research-based instruction to meet the needs of adolescents with ASD; (b) provide consultation and in service on research-based practice and transition services; and (c) conduct applied research with adolescents with ASD and their families. The project will expand an existing program that prepares practitioners to teach K-5 students with ASD. Students will be recruited from within education (general/special) as well as other fields (e.g. social work, psychology) for this program. They will earn a graduate degree with an emphasis on research-based practices for adolescents with "classic autism" who function in the moderate to profound range of intellectual disabilities. Coursework will include five ASD specific courses, two ASD specific practica, an internship, and a culminating research project related to adolescents with ASD or their families. The program of study will fulfill requirements for state certification in Special Education-Adaptive Behavior.