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Special Education Specialized Instruction Program Specialist

Education Program Specialist I

Recruitment #22-005055-0016



The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland.


State Salary Grade 21

Annual Salary Range:  $77,204 - $96,961 (with progression to $119,591)   (prorated @ 50%)   



Nancy S. Grasmick Education

Building 200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional 50% part-time position responsible for providing leadership & technical assistance to MSDE, Local School Systems (LSSs), & Public Agencies responsible for MD’s College & Career-Ready Standards in the implementation & evaluation of the IEP Process, including Standards-Aligned Goals & evidence-based practices to support achievement of students with disabilities on statewide accountability measures for Access, Equity, & Progress. This position supports the MD Online Individualized Education Program (MOIEP) tool, & the use of State developed analytical tools to support data-informed decision-making processes that are necessary to narrow the gaps for students with disabilities.


Provides leadership & technical assistance with regard to specialized instruction for the Division (DSE/EIS) & other Divisions in the Department in the planning, design, implementation, evaluation & dissemination of data-informed plans for statewide professional learning for leadership, communities of practice, teachers, & related service providers that focus on improved educational achievement for all children/students with emphasis on students with disabilities or those who struggle learning. Supports the administration & implementation of the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP). Leads or participates in assigned Division & Department-wide Steering Committees/workgroups/Task Forces consisting of internal and/or external stakeholders by organizing, planning, implementing, and/or chairing efforts related to professional learning or educational programming for improving student performance on Statewide accountability or outcome measures. Collaborates as a representative of the Division with agencies & organizations to implement a shared mission of improved outcomes for students with disabilities.


EDUCATION: A Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 post baccalaureate credit hours of course work in Education Administration/Supervision, Education, Special Education or a related field.    

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of professional teaching or administrative experience in or affiliated with an education program.


  1. Two additional years of experience directly related to the position option may be substituted for the required Master’s Degree.
  2. Possession of a Doctorate in a field related to the position may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
  3. The required field of education and experience are unique for each option and are established by MSDE in accordance with Education Article, Section 2-104 of the Annotated Code of Maryland. The specific education and experience qualifications for each position are on record in the Human Resource Management Branch of the Division of Business Services of the Department of Education.
  4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Education Program classifications or Education Program specialty codes in the Education field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education


One year supervisory experience of a Special Education or Early Intervention program servicing individuals with disabilities and their families.


Knowledge of State & federal laws, regulations, policies, & current research impacting children with disabilities & their families; knowledge of federal grant initiatives, & College & Career-Ready Standards, intervention strategies; skill in providing programmatic support related to students with disabilities; ability to manage multiple tasks; ability to interpret & apply pertinent laws/regulations; ability to establish & maintain working relationships; ability to communicate clearly & effectively both orally & in writing, through the presentation of concise yet comprehensive training, analyses & reports


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.  

For education obtained outside of the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation will be required prior to hire. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.  

The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



To apply for this position online go to MSDE Jobs on JobAps (or complete an MSDE Application on On-line applications (and resumes) are the preferred method for receiving your application/attachments.  Using this method will allow applicants to access their documents for future recruitments for which they apply and verify that the appropriate documents (resume-credentials) have been attached to the recruitment that requires them. Applicants must include their resume and provide sufficient information on the application to document that they satisfy the minimum qualifications for this recruitment. Please do not put "See Resume" in the job duties section of your application; your application will not be considered.  

If you utilize fax or regular mail as the option to submit required attachments, you will need to resubmit these documents each time you apply for a new position that requires the attachments.  Additionally, you must include the following information on each page of the attachment you submit in order to ensure that we append the attachments to the correct recruitment: First and Last Name, Recruitment Number, and the last 4 digits of your SS# and indicate application for  - Education Program Specialist I, Specialized Instruction Program Specialist  #087621  (JobAps # 22-005055-0016). Mailing Address: Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Human Resources, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21201. Fax: 410-333-8950 - This fax number is for Department of Education recruitment actions only.

If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850. For inquiries or an MSDE Application, contact  410-767-0019 or TTY/TDD 410-333-3045 or visit our website at

Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and possible travel throughout the State are required.  Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.  

For immediate consideration please submit your application by December 14, 2022.  

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request

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