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FACULTY MSD - Reading Specialist

Recruitment #24-009009-0010


Anticipated openings for the 2024-2025 School Year.

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.


This position will be primarily located at the Columbia Campus, but applicants must be willing to work at both the Columbia and Frederick Campuses.  Some travel between our Columbia and Frederick Campus locations is possible.

MSD, Columbia Campus, 8169 Old Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

MSD, Frederick Campus, 101 Clarke Place, Frederick, MD 21705

Main Purpose of Job

This position will support students and staff to ensure the development and implementation of a bilingual educational program for Deaf students in a language accessible environment as well as the provision of an enriched bicultural environment conducive to the development of the optimal social and emotional growth of Deaf students. This position will support the provision of a language enriched environment through the use of American Sign Language, printed word and visual supports to meet the varied needs of Deaf students throughout our school birth - 21 with an emphasis on those that need literacy intervention.

This position primarily provides literacy intervention to students through both direct services as well as training and consultation for teachers, and assessment of students reading ability. In addition, provide support to the classroom teachers in utilizing and implementing appropriate reading programs, provide support through team teaching and coaching to classroom teachers to promote effective reading instruction, and provide information to classroom teachers of best known practices in Reading instruction that supports College- and Career-Ready Standards and bilingual education.

This position will ensure equity and unbiased practices are implemented in the classroom and throughout the system of curriculum and instruction.


Using data, create and monitor student reading intervention plans, implement reading services for elementary, middle and high school students; conduct initial assessments to determine if students are eligible for services and write reports creating a reading plan with specific recommendations; coordinate literacy services; design and write lesson plans specific to student needs for intervention sessions, provide literacy services to individual students in or out of the classroom, in small groups or one-on-one with the goal of improving student’s reading, writing, and ASL competencies; provide support to classroom teachers in implementing literacy strategies including utilizing reading 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; Through collaboration monitor literacy assessments throughout the school. Serve as a member of the IEP team as appropriate, write IEP present levels, goals and objectives, track IEP progress as appropriate.

This position reports to the Director of Curriculum and Instruction.


Education: Bachelor Degree with a minimum of 6 hour credits from an institution of higher education in reading education including processes and acquisition of reading skills, methods of teaching reading, reading assessment, and materials for teaching reading. In lieu of the 6 credit hours, candidates must have five years experience of successful classroom instruction in literacy.

Certification/Licensure: Current certification/licensure from any state in either of the following: Deaf education, early childhood education, elementary education, English, reading teacher, reading specialist or equivalent. Candidates who are not currently certified/licensed as a reading specialist must be eligible to apply for and be willing to obtain certification/licensure by the Maryland State Department of Education with the endorsement of Reading Specialist within a prescribed amount of time.

Competencies: Fluency in American Sign Language and written English is required.  Knowledge of the Deaf culture, Deaf education, and ability to teach students on different levels and with varying educational and language acquisition backgrounds is required.

Experience: Knowledge in identifying and using reading assessment and diagnostic tools is required. Three years of successful classroom instruction in literacy.


Master's Degree in Education of the Deaf, Reading or equivalent of post-baccalaureate graduate credits in reading education or bilingual pedagogy; Five years teaching experience, knowledge of the Deaf community, and knowledge of ARC Core framework.  Thorough knowledge of bilingual pedagogy. Other combinations of education, training, and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered. Reading specialist certification, or equivalent. Previous experience designing and providing professional development.


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.  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, P. O. Box 894, Columbia, MD 21044


Phone: 410-696-3031, 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.  We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

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