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Program Approval Specialist

Education Program Specialist II

Recruitment #22-005056-0024


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.


Salary Grade 22


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


The main purpose of this Specialist position is to facilitate the approval, monitoring, and annual reporting for Maryland-approved teacher, specialist, and administrator preparation programs leading to educator certification.

The Specialist is responsible for the statutory and regulatory responsibilities related to the initial and ongoing approval of educator preparation programs located in Maryland Institutions of Higher Education and those alternative programs located in Maryland local education agencies that lead to educator certification. This includes participation in the development and implementation of regulations and guidance used to approve and monitor educator preparation programs, as well as providing technical assistance to educator preparation programs regarding the application process, renewal process, site visit expectations, and annual data collection requirements.
This position will also implement the requirements of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and the Maryland State Department of Education’s Strategic Plan to ensure that Maryland educators are prepared to teach all of Maryland’s students. Lastly, the Specialist position is responsible for reviewing and approving Continuing Professional Development credits submitted to the State by local education agencies, independent vendors, and Institutions of Higher Education.

The Program Approval Specialist is required to spend a moderate amount of time performing duties at colleges, universities, and local education agencies throughout the state. This position requires the individual to discharge the essential job functions and assigned duties independently with little or no supervision.


Education:   A Master’s degree or the equivalent of 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Five years of administrative or teaching experience in, or affiliated with, an education program, including two years of experience in coordinating or administering an education program or service directly related to teacher certification, educator preparation or staff development.

1. Candidates may substitute two additional years of experience directly related to the position option for the required education.
2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctorate degree at an accredited college or university in a field related to the position 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.
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.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

• Knowledge of trends, regulations, policies, and issues affecting teacher education programs
• Knowledge of teacher certification requirements
• Knowledge of accreditation protocols and policies
• Experience collaborating or working with Institutions of Higher Education


Applicants are subject to a criminal background investigation in accordance with the federal Family Law Article, Section 5.5. 


APPLICANTS MUST UPLOAD A RESUME WITH THE COMPLETED APPLICATION FOR CONSIDERATION. Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment (Do not state "see resume"). 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 placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.



It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment, as well as upload a Resume. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If you are unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and mailed to MSDE Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application, if you are unable to apply online.

All application materials must be received in our office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume (do not state "see resume"). Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application or mailed to the address listed.

Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0012, TDD 410-333-3045. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities.

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. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay.

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

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

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