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Elementary English Language Arts Specialist

Recruitment #19-005055-0041


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:  $63,925 - $93,364


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This a professional position responsible for all services related to the development and support of Elementary English Language Arts instruction related to the implementation of the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards and the State English Language Arts (ELA) assessments.


Provides technical assistance and content expertise in the development and implementation of the MD College and Career-Ready Standards for Elementary ELA and the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) Elementary English Language Arts assessments; provides technical assistance and content expertise to local school systems regarding the design and development of standards-aligned Elementary ELA curriculum and instruction, as well as the MCAP Elementary ELA assessments.


EDUCATION:  Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 credit hours of post baccalaureate course work in Education, Educational Administration/Supervision, Reading/English Language Arts or a closely related field.  Certification in Reading and/or English Language Arts is preferred.

EXPERIENCE:  Four (4) years of professional administrative, accountability or teaching experience in or affiliated with an education program including two (2) years of experience in coordinating or administering an education program or service directly related to English Language Arts.  Leadership experience with an Elementary English Language Arts education program is preferred.  


  1. Two years of additional experience as defined above may be substituted for the Master’s Degree.
  2. Possession of a Doctorate in a field related to the position may be substituted    for one year of the experience requirements


One year experience in public education.


Knowledge of ELA content; knowledge of research, trends, regulations, policies, and issues affecting elementary ELA; skill in age appropriate ELA instruction aligned to the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards in elementary ELA; skill in data-analysis and in delivering, designing, and evaluating effective professional learning aligned to the elementary Maryland College and Career Ready Standards in ELA and the MCAP ELA assessment; skill in implementing, monitoring, and evaluating education programs. Ability to interpret and apply principles and policies governing ELA education programs; ability to organize and manage multiple tasks; ability to work as a team member and establish and maintain effective working relationships; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and 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 November 1, 2019 - Open until filled.


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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, Elementary English Language Arts Specialist 087620  (JobAps #19-005055-0041). 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.

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Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.