This project will address state-identified needs for highly qualified personnel in special education by offering teacher training leading to licensure in severe disabilities via online distance education formats. The courses in this personnel preparation program leading to licensure will be offered targeting the large central region of North Carolina, which encompasses 32 counties and more than 40 school districts. Over the life of the project, 48-50 prospective and lateral-entry teachers will complete the coursework to fulfill requirements for the new Adapted Curriculum License (the North Carolina licensure designation for students with severe disabilities, including severe cognitive disabilities, autism, and multiple disabilities. This licensure coursework will be delivered via two online technologies: (a) asynchronous using WebCT, and (b) synchronous using the Web-based instructional program Centra Software, which provides fully integrated, multiway, multipoint audio-teleconferencing with video feed of instructors to students. Core competencies and skill development to be emphasized by the program include: curriculum development, working with diversity, instructional planning and effectiveness, use of research-based strategies, communication skills and positive behavior support, life skills, transition planning and service delivery, consultation and collaboration, accessing the general curriculum, progress monitoring, alternate assessment, and educational accountability. Program participants will also complete a full-time semester of teaching students with severe disabilities and/or severe autism in the K-12 age range.