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Specialized Instruction Specialist

Education Program Specialist I

Recruitment #22-005055-0028


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: $71,142 – $103,921 (with progression to $114,441)
*State Salary Guidelines apply for current State employees.



Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building
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 and is responsible for providing leadership and technical assistance to MSDE, local education agencies (LEAs), public agencies (PAs), and nonpublic special education schools 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.

Also, the position provides technical assistance and support to LEAs and  PAs 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 and direct technical assistance to LEAs/PAs and the Division (DEI/SES) with regard to specialized instruction and in the development, implementation, evaluation, and monitoring of the entire IEP Process.
  • Supports statewide implementation of the DEI/SES Strategic Plan, including an understanding and implementation of support of the action imperatives and Differentiated Framework.
  • Collaborates with the Chief of the Specialized Instruction Section to develop and administer technical assistance and professional learning opportunities.
  • Facilitates identification of effective, collaborative evidence-based and research-based instructional strategies and intervention practices with fidelity to accelerate the learning of students with disabilities.
  • Provides opportunities for coaching and sharing of local and national solutions related to proven specialized instruction practices for resolving barriers to improving achievement of students with disabilities.
  • Provides leadership with regard to specialized instruction for the Division (DEI/SES) and other Divisions in the Department in the data analysis of Part C and Part B data, including data from SPP/APR, Student Compass, Census Reports, Pearson Access, Next, and MD Report Card.
  • Collaborates with other Divisions regarding professional learning as it relates to students with disabilities or other diverse learners.
  • Collaborates with other Divisions as part of the Statewide System of Support regarding technical assistance and consultation within the Division and LEAs and PAs to improve performance on accountability measures for students with disabilities.
  • Supports the administration and implementation of the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP).
  • Collaborates as a representative of the Division with agencies and 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 Education, Special Education or a related field.

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

  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.


One year of experience with specialized education programs.


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 State & federal laws, regulations, policies, & current research impacting children with disabilities & their families 
  • Knowledge of Individualized Education Programs (IEP)
  • Knowledge of federal grant initiatives, College & Career-Ready Standards, and intervention strategies   
  • Skill using and applying the Maryland Online Individualized Education Program (MOIEP) tool and State developed analytical tools to support the data-informed decision-making processes for the development, implementation, and evaluation of IEP Processes
  • 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 effective and collaborative working relationships
  • Ability to communicate clearly & effectively both orally & in writing, through the presentation of concise yet comprehensive training, analyses & reports


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 resumeThe 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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