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FACULTY MSD - ASL Specialist

Recruitment #22-009009-0009


*Anticipated opening for the 2022-2023 School Year.*

The Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) is a diverse, bilingual community who in partnership with families, provides an equitable and exemplary education in a nurturing, engaging, and challenging environment to ensure our students achieve personal excellence and become lifelong learners.  As such, we are looking for dedicated individuals who can join us in the education of the children at MSD.


Maryland School for the Deaf, Frederick & Columbia Campuses

101 Clarke Place Frederick, MD  21701 and

8169 Old Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Main Purpose of Job

Note: This faculty position will serve students of both the Frederick and Columbia campuses. 

To provide American Sign Language (ASL) service (as a primary language, not as a second language) to students who need support developing ASL skills; To complete assessments on students' receptive and expressive ASL skills in order to support classroom instruction and the IEP team in writing and implementing an educational document that will meet the students' individual needs. To coach teachers and support staff about the usage of ASL in instruction. To consult with teachers and support staff on best practices.

Ensure equity and unbiased practices are implemented in the classroom and throughout the system of curriculum and instruction. Support bilingual instructional strategies used in classrooms.


Conduct initial assessments to determine if students are eligible for services and write reports with specific recommendations; Coordinate and implement IEP ASL services for students age 3 and up, including language development support, for students who are not yet achieving targeted language benchmarks, including but not limited to services to individual students in or out of the classroom, in small groups or one-on-one with the goal of improving student’s ASL competencies; provide support to classroom teachers in implementing language development strategies including utilizing current programs, including but not limited to modeling lessons/sessions, coaching and providing professional development sessions; participate in maintenance of Bilingual Education concepts and principles throughout the school; improve professional competence through participation in staff development activities and other professional growth opportunities; In collaboration with the curriculum team, monitor ASL assessments throughout the school.


Serve as an IEP team member, determine present levels of performance and establish goals/objectives specifically addressed to student needs; Prepare and maintain necessary reports; Coordinate and implement school-wide events relevant to ASL/Deaf Culture and Deaf History; Participate in team and community meetings.


Work with the ASL & English committee in implementing the ASL/English Action Plan.

This position serves both campuses: Frederick and Columbia as well as reports to the Director of Curriculum and Instruction but also works with the Curriculum Team, and the Director of Student Affairs.


Education: Bachelor's degree required Maryland State Department of Education certification as ASL teacher or the ability to obtain such certification in the approved amount of time.

Experience: Fluency in ASL and written English; knowledge of the Deaf Community and the ability to teach or work with students of different educational backgrounds and additional disabilities is required.


Master's Degree in ASL Education or equivalent; experience as a classroom teacher or ASL as a primary language (L1) teacher.


New hires are subject to a criminal background investigation at their own expense. (Maryland Code, Family Law Article 1, Sections 5-560-568.)

Candidates will need to provide three letters of recommendation.


Applications will be prescreened before candidates are invited to an interview. Preference is given to applicants who already meet the Maryland State Department of Education's designation of Highly Qualified teacher.  As an equal opportunity employer, MSD is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.



Online application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If online access is not available or if you encounter difficulty, you may submit via mail, e-mail, fax, or deliver in person before the closing date and time.  Please include your name and recruitment number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.  Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application. Additional or supplemental information must be submitted by the closing date and time.  A copy of your college transcripts must accompany your application.  The preferred method to receive transcripts and additional information is for them to be uploaded. Application inquiries or supplemental information can be directed to the following:

Mailing Address: Maryland School for the Deaf Recruitment Department, 101 Clarke Place, Frederick, MD 21701


Phone: 301-360-2008, TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Fax: 410-696-3084

Individuals from traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.  As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity. 

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

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