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Special Education Monitoring Specialist

Education Program Specialist I

Recruitment #22-005055-0031


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: $74,344.00 – $119,591.00 / year
*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 is responsible for implementing the Birth – 21 Monitoring for Continuous Improvement and Results (MCIR) system that is an integral part of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services (DEI/SES) general supervision responsibility under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The MCIR process serves to monitor local public provider agencies (Statewide) serving infants, toddlers, young children, and youth with disabilities and their families in the implementation of the 20 USC § 1400, 34 CFR §§ 300 and 303, and the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) as it pertains to the provision of early intervention and special education services. The process ensures emphasis is placed on those requirements that are most closely related to improving educational and functional outcomes for children with disabilities, Birth through 21, by verifying data, examining the implementation of evidence-based practices, documenting noncompliance with the IDEA regulatory requirements, and providing technical assistance for the timely correction of noncompliance. These activities raise State accountability on federally specified indicators and have a direct result in how the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) makes a performance determination status of the State.


Implementing the Monitoring for Continuous Improvement and Results (MCIR) activities including, but not limited to:
  • Conduct on-site and off-site monitoring activities that determine the local infants and toddlers program (LITP), local education agency (LEA), and public agency (PA) compliance with IDEA and COMAR as it pertains to children with disabilities Birth – 21.
  • Collect data that accurately report the results of monitoring activities.
  • Conduct data entry, data analysis, report writing, and adherence to the timelines for the correction of noncompliance in accordance with the OSEP 09-02 Memorandum.
  • Review data to select those federal and State requirements requiring verification of compliance in LITP/ LEA/PAs providing early intervention and special education.
  • Assists the LITPs, LEAs, and PAs in developing processes that ensure compliance and support improved results for children with developmental delays and disabilities.
  • Serves as division contact for DEI/SES State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR).
  • Coordinates and maintains the DEI/SES SPP/APR in support of the goals and objectives established to meet the individual indicators; and collaborates with other divisions within the MSDE, task forces, work groups, advocacy organizations, and professional organizations, as requested by the Branch Chief or Assistant State Superintendent.
  • Supports Division Branch Chiefs and Section Chiefs.
  • Reports data-driven self-assessments for improved results for students with disabilities and compliance with prescribed federal and State laws, regulations, and procedures, including meeting all applicable progress reporting timelines.


A Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 post-baccalaureate credit hours of coursework in Special Education or a related field.

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of professional administrative experience in or affiliated with special education or early intervention.


  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 in special education program monitoring.


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 trends, regulations, policies, and issues governing early intervention and special education programs
  • Knowledge of programs that address local infants and toddlers programs, local education agency, and/or public agency compliance with the IDEA and COMAR as it pertains to children with disabilities, Birth – 21
  • Skill in collecting, managing, and analyzing data and information
  • Skill in organizing and managing multiple tasks
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing, through the presentation of concise yet comprehensive analyses and reports


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


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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