The purpose of this program is to meet the needs in personnel preparation by: (a) training a diverse population of students to become highly qualified Mild/Moderate specialists capable of; (b) meeting the needs of a wide variety of children with disabilities (K-12); and (c) including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Through a collaborative effort, the current program will be revised to insure that competencies needed to create leaders in the implementation of evidence-based practices for working with children and youth with a diversity of disabilities and cultural backgrounds. Unique program features will equip personnel with the ability needed to provide direct service or to facilitate inclusion with ASD within an urban, highly diverse community. A minimum of 60 candidates will receive financial assistance allowing them the opportunity to earn a Level I Mild/Moderate Specialist credential and a Master's degree I Special Education or to clear their preliminary credential. Through enhancement of courses, a new summer course followed by supervised fieldwork, and a series of Saturday workshops, the trainees will study and demonstrate those program/curricular practices that research identifies as being effective with children and youth with ASD as well as other disabilities. A minimum of 75% of the annual funding is designated for student support.