This project will support 5-7 special education students interested in teaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The project has three primary objectives for preparing 'highly qualified' and certified public school teachers to: (a) use research practices when serving children with ASD in inclusive educational settings; (b) provide consultation, inservice training, and disseminate evidence-based information; and (c) conduct applied research with children with ASD and/or their families. This graduate program is a partnership between UGA (special ed and educational psychology faculty) and four public school systems (Gwinnett, Forsyth, Cobb, Clarke). Students will choose between two programs of study, one which emphasizes teaching children with high-functioning autism (HFA) and Asperger's Syndrome (AS), and the other focusing on children with 'classic' autism who function in the moderate to profound rage of intellectual disabilities. Funded students will enroll in four ASD didactic courses, two with ASD practica, and an ASD internship along with other courses required for state certification. To broaden the impact of the project, non-funded students from special and general education, as well as students from related fields (psychology, therapeutic recreation, social work, speech pathology, etc.) will be recruited to enroll in one or more of the ASD grant supported courses. In addition, an undergraduate course in ASD will be developed and offered as an elective to students from across the university, regardless of major, as a means of disseminating current best practices related to the education of children with ASD, and recruiting students interested in teaching this most challenging population of students.