This project will increase the number and quality of fully credentialed personnel to serve students with autism and significant cognitive disabilities. Through improvement of existing special education courses and fieldwork, with attention to preparing middle and secondary school teachers, the project will provide training at the specialist level to 40 individuals over four years to serve youth with autism and significant cognitive disabilities in high-poverty urban schools. Pace University and New York City Public Schools will work in partnership to prepare highly knowledgeable and skilled teachers to work with students with autism and significant cognitive disabilities, in inclusive urban schools, and to provide enhanced support to beginning special education teachers. The 18-credit, one-year program will provide 10 full scholarships per year to teachers in the New York City Public Schools. The program will: (a) provide training grounded in evidence-based approaches shown to be effective in improving outcomes for students with autism and significant cognitive disabilities; (b) provide field-based experiences in urban schools; (c) prepare personnel to address the specialized needs of youth from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including limited English proficient students with autism and significant cognitive disabilities; (d) develop and improve partnerships with schools to promote improved teacher preparation and service delivery; (e) equip scholars with the knowledge and skills to effectively assist youth with autism and significant cognitive disabilities to meet state learning standards in core academic subjects through a collaborative model between general and special educators; and (f) provide needed support systems to enhance student retention and success in the program. Of the total annual funding, 77% will be designated for student support.