This project will train 16 Master's degree early childhood special education/early intervention (ECSE/EI) professionals over the course of four years. The aim is to have these individuals be competent to: (a) provide instructional support to young children with autism, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; (b) assist and support families of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD); (c) consult with and train other early childhood personnel related to intervention with children who have ASD; and (d) consume, apply, and generate research related to practices with young children with ASD and their families. Students in the program will complete their two-year program at the Department of Special Education of Peabody College at Vanderbilt University leading to a M.Ed. degree and teacher licensure. Training involves: (a) foundational coursework in ECSE; (b) specialized coursework in autism interventions; (c) field experience in early intervention classrooms, preschool public school classrooms; (d) consulting with parents and professionals; and (e) conducting an applied research thesis. Emphasis in field experiences is placed on working with young children with autism in inclusive classrooms and natural environments.