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Lead Special Education Monitoring Specialist

Education Program Specialist II

Recruitment #22-005056-0016


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 22
Salary Range: $75,926 – $110,883 (with progression to $122,140) 
*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 Accountability for Improved Performance (AIP) Specialist system. This system serves to monitor local public Statewide provider agencies that serve infants, toddlers, young children and youth with disabilities and their families with regard to the provision of early interventions services and special education.


Implements the Accountability for Improved Performance (AIP) activities which are  an integral part of the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Intervention/Special Education Services (DEI/SES) general supervision responsibility under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

  • Provides content expertise for data-driven decision making, high-quality IFSP/IEP development, and evidence-based practices in the delivery of early intervention and/or special education services
  • Conducts 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.
  • Collects data for monitoring activities and completes data analysis, and reports to assess adherence or correct noncompliance.
  • Develops processes that ensure compliance and supports improved results for children with developmental delays and disabilities.
  • Coordinates and maintains the DEI/SES SPP/APR in support of the goals and objectives.
  • Collaborates with MSDE divisions, task forces, work groups, advocacy organizations, and professional organizations, as requested by the Branch Chief or Assistant State Superintendent.
  • Provides lead technical assistance and support that aligns with State Performance Plans.


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

EXPERIENCE: Five years of administrative or teaching experience in, or affiliated with, an education program, including two years of experience in coordinating or administering an education program or service directly related to Special Education, Infants and Toddlers programs, or other programs serving children with disabilities Birth -21. 

  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 Special Education field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


One year od experience in a Special Education Infants and Toddlers program.


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 with the IDEA regulatory requirements for serving students with disabilities Birth-21
  • Knowledge of local infants and toddlers programs (LITP), local education agency (LEA), and public agency (PA) compliance standards with IDEA and COMAR as it pertains to children with disabilities Birth – 21.
  • Knowledge of and content expertise with data-driven decision making, high-quality IFSP/IEP development, and evidence-based practices for delivering early intervention and/or special education services
  • 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, Local Schools Systems
  • 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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