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Teacher Education Program Approval & Certification Specialist

Recruitment #19-005056-0006




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. 


Grade 22 Standard Salary Schedule

$65,901 - $96,222


200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position responsible for providing coordination and technical assistance to institutions of higher education and local school systems, to ensure that teacher education programs and teacher certification conform to statutory requirements of the Code of Maryland Regulations and federal regulations.


Provides lead technical assistance and coordination to institutes of higher education for the design-approval of teacher education and administration certification programs and inquiry resolution; Coordinates and leads teacher education program approval and inquiry resolution for teacher preparation programs and Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Programs (MAAPP); serves as State Professional Development School liaison to colleges, universities, local school systems, and other personnel involved in professional educator preparation; Provides technical assistance to assigned local school systems in reviewing, processing, and monitoring credentials for educator certification; determines eligibility for PreK-12 certification for teachers, supervisors, specialists, and administrators in local school systems, state institutions and those individuals seeking Maryland certification; assists with special assignments required by the Branch Chief and the Assistant State Superintendent for Educator Effectiveness.   


EDUCATION:  A Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 post baccalaureate credit hours of course work in Education, Educational Administration/Supervision or a related field.

EXPERIENCE: Five years of professional teaching, staff development or administrative work in or affiliated with professional teacher education programs, nonpublic schools, or local school systems (LSS).

Experience working with institutions of higher education on program approval issues and local school system certification is desirable.  

NOTE:   Two years of additional experience as defined above may be substituted for the Master’s Degree.


Knowledge of trends, regulations, policies, and issues affecting teacher education programs; knowledge of qualifying routes to teacher certification; skill in the use of standard office software; skill in the assessment of teacher education program components and the interpretation and application of statutory regulations, accreditation protocols, and policies; ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing; ability to manage multiple tasks; ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with MSDE/LSS staff and academic faculty and staff within institutions of higher education.


Experience that includes working with institutions of higher education on program approval issues and local school system certification is desirable.


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 submit your application by March 15, 2019Open Until Filled.


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.

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

Incomplete applications will not be considered.



To apply for this position online go to MSDE Jobs on JobAps (or complete an MSDE Application on On-line applications (and resumes) are the preferred method for receiving your application/attachments.  

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 II, Teacher Education Program Approval Specialist, Jobaps # 19-005056-00066.

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.  

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.