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Special Education State Personnel Development Grant Specialist

Education Program Specialist I

Recruitment #22-005055-0022


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
Salary Range: $78,749 - $102,703 (with progression to $126,912)   

*State Salary Guidelines apply for current State employees.



Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), through the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, will develop personnel preparation and professional learning strategies that builds the systemic capacity of elementary schools to increase the mathematics achievement and social-emotional competence of children with disabilities.

This position supports the implementation and evaluation of the Maryland State Personnel Development Grant and is responsible for collaborating with MSDE SPDG staff and DEI/SES staff, for facilitating the work of the SPDG State Implementation Team.


Provides technical assistance, facilitates and leads the compilation of literature related to the evidence of effective professional learning and coaching practices.
  • Collaborates with the National Experts in professional learning, the Towson University Department of Leadership and Professional Learning, and the MSDE Division of Certification and Program Approval, to coordinate the design of the evidence-based practices for professional learning and coaching, and processes that will be applied across university, State technical assistance, and local professional learning/coaching activities.
  • Develops and drafts guides for implementation based on the design of professional learning and coaching evidence-based practices and with input from the Design Team and Local Education Agencies (LEAs).
  • Models and conducts professional learning and coaching practices for participating.
  • Selects and assembles a national expert panel to rate SPDG products.
  • Compiles information for presentation at Stakeholder Advisory Group meetings.
  • Utilizes implementation tools to determine the extent to which university faculty, MSDE staff, and local professional developers use evidence-based practices.
  • Facilitates a focus group on professional learning and coaching practices.
  • Provides technical assistance to contribute to SPDG planning for implementing and evaluating SPDG activities.


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

EXPERIENCE: Four years of administrative or teaching experience in, or affiliated with, an education program. Experience in coordinating or administering an education program or service directly related to Special Education, and/or mathematics-social-emotional learning programs for students with disabilities is desirable. 

  1. Candidates may substitute two additional years of experience directly related to the position option for the required education.
  2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctorate degree at an accredited college or university in a field related to the position for one year of the required experience.
  3. The required field of education and experience are unique for each option and are established by MSDE in accordance with Education Article, Section 2-104 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  The specific education and experience qualifications for each position are on record in the Human Resource Management Branch of the Division of Business Services.
  4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Education Program classifications or Education Program specialty codes in the Education field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.
  • Knowledge of Special Education services and mathematics-social-emotional learning programs for students with disabilities
  • Knowledge of evidence-based professional learning strategies and coaching methods
  • Knowledge of methods associated with delivering specially designed mathematics instruction and integrated social-emotional learning
  • Knowledge of implementing specially designed instruction in general education elementary classes
  • Skill in coordinating projects, activities, and staff with regard to strict program specifications and requirements
  • Skill in developing and presenting professional learning programs
  • Ability to collaborate and interact with national experts, other state agencies involved in the network of State Personnel Development Grants, organizations and staff in Local Schools Systems, Institutions of Higher Education, and other stakeholder organizations
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple tasks and apply laws and regulations governing special education programs
  • Ability to work as a team member and establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Applicants must consent to State and FBI (CJIS) background check as a routine procedure for all employees.


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. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified. The resulting list of qualified candidates will be in effect for at least one year.



Applicants must complete the MD State Government online application for employment -AND- submit their professional resume. The application and resume must clearly demonstrate that the applicant satisfies the minimum qualifications for the position. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume. Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application, submitted to the fax number, or mailed to the address listed.

If you are unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and be faxed to 410-333-8950 or mailed to MSDE Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application. Postmarks will not be accepted. 

Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0019, TDD 410-333-3045. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities. 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. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay.

Proof of eligibility to work is required in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. Individuals with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

All application materials must be received in our office by the Closing Date.

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