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EDUCATION PROGRAM SPECIALIST I *Internal Promotional Opportunity*

Specialized Instruction Specialist

Recruitment #19-005055-0021



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. 

Internal Recruitment Opportunity limited to Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services employees only.


Grade 21 Standard Salary Schedule

Annual Salary Range: $63,925 - $102,634


200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as the specialist for specialized instruction, in the Performance Support and Technical Assistance (PSTA) Branch for the Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services (DEI/SES). This position provides leadership and technical assistance to MSDE, local school systems, State operated programs and nonpublic schools responsible for Maryland's College and Career-Ready Standards in the implementation of instructional and response to intervention strategies/evidence-based practices, support of federal grant initiatives, technical assistance and programmatic support related to students with high incidence disabilities; provides technical assistance and support to Local School Systems (LSSs) and Public Agencies (PA) to facilitate the Maryland Individualized Education Program (IEP) document, the Maryland Online Individualized Education Program (MOIEP) tool; including the use of State developed analytical tools to support the data-informed decision-making processes for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the IEP Process, including Standards-Aligned Goals to support achievement of students with disabilities on statewide accountability measures for Access, Equity, and Progress.


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 Special Education or Education Administration.  

EXPERIENCE:  Four (4) years of professional experience in special education or early intervention, experience with specialized instruction and programs related to services for children with disabilities and their families is required.


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.


Internal Recruitment Opportunity limited to Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services employees only.

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 to the MSDE Office of Human Resources by close of business July 26, 2019.  


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 employment (eligible) list for one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position and your answers to the supplemental questions (if required).

It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and not write "see resume.”

Incomplete applications will not be considered.



Applicants should submit their resume and complete a Maryland State Department of Education Application for Employment indicating their interest in the Education Program Specialist I, Specialized Instruction Program Specialist.

Documentation must clearly demonstrate that the applicant satisfies the prerequisite Minimum Qualifications and is a current Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Intervention & Special Education Services employee.

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  

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities available upon request