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Special Education Early Childhood Performance Specialist

Education Program Specialist I

Recruitment #22-005055-0029


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: $77,204 – $96,961 (with progression to $119,591)
*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 provides programmatic support and technical assistance to local Infants and Toddlers Programs (LITPs), local education agencies (LEAs), and community and school-based public and private early childhood programs for the implementation of a birth through five seamless, comprehensive system of coordinated services for children with disabilities, ages birth through five, and their families, under IDEA, Part C and IDEA Part B, Section 619.

Responsibilities include the development of resources and the provision of technical assistance and support on evidence-based and promising early intervention and early childhood (ages 3 through Kindergarten) instructional practices, the provision of services in natural and least restrictive environments, measurement approaches to ongoing monitoring of child progress, and data analysis for local program improvement in order to narrow the school readiness performance gap for young children with disabilities.


Provides programmatic support and technical assistance to LITPs and LEAs for improving outcomes and narrowing the school readiness performance gap for children with disabilities, ages birth through kindergarten.
  • Identifies, designs, and conducts technical assistance activities, including resource development, on evidence-based practices, models, and approaches
  • Designs and coordinates the implementation and evaluation of resources supporting access to and participation in natural and least restrictive environments
  • Develops and coordinates professional development of data analysis methods for local birth through five program improvement planning
  • Provides professional development and technical assistance to LITPs and LEAs on the implementation of the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process and the Comprehensive Assessment System
  • Reports on successful programmatic support and technical assistance activities for implementing Maryland’s birth through five system of services and narrowing the school readiness performance gap
  • Reviews and monitors the programmatic components of assigned competitive and non-competitive federal and State-funded grants that support Maryland’s seamless birth through five comprehensive system of coordinated services
  • Monitors the programmatic components of assigned grants for which the Early Education Section, Programmatic Support and Technical Assistance Branch
  • Assists with the coordination of the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program system of Suitable Qualifications 
  • Provides support and technical assistance for the implementation of Maryland’s Birth through Five system of services


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 the design and implementation of early childhood assessment practices and protocols.

  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 coordinating services within community-based or school-based programs that include children with disabilities and their families.


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 local Infants and Toddlers Programs (LITPs)
  • Knowledge of IDEA, Part B Section 619 and Part C regulations and requirements
  • Knowledge of trends, regulations, policies, and issues governing early intervention and special education programs
  • Skill collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data for program improvement
  • Skill in maintaining effective working relationships
  • Skill developing written programmatic resources and policy guidance
  • ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious 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 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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