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World Language Specialist

Education Program Specialist I

Recruitment #23-005055-0034


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 - $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 World Language Specialist provides visionary leadership, consultation, content area expertise, technical assistance, and supports the development and implementation of all statewide initiatives related to world language education from prekindergarten through 12th grade in Maryland public schools. The Specialist will work towards ensuring that all students in Maryland have access to and excel in best-in-class world language programs designed to elevate high levels of proficiency in multiple languages and support and sustain multilingualism.

By providing evidence-based knowledge, professional learning, and collaboration, the World Language Specialist will play a pivotal role in building the capacity of local education agencies (LEAs) to embrace world languages as an integral component of instruction. This position will manage the development and deployment of high-quality research-based professional learning supports to Maryland’s local education agencies (LEAs) to implement innovative school models, programs, and master schedules that support all students will focus on supporting and accelerating student achievement and prepare students to be college and career ready, especially those students who have been historically underserved.  The Specialist will collaborate with the Director of Multilingual Learners and the Multilingual Learners team to support the development and implementation of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future's English Learner Workgroup's recommendations to accelerate the education of English learners across Maryland.

The World Language Specialist assists with the development and deployment of best in class, research-based support to LEA and early childhood education providers to implement comprehensive and equitable policies, programs, and practices aligned to Maryland’s content standards. This position will assist in designing and facilitating high-quality professional learning to build LEA capacity to develop and implement evidence-based, equitable, and best in class programs, services, instructional practices, and policies. This position supports the Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE’s) efforts in implementing the multiyear strategic plan and the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and supports collaboration with diverse communities and organizations to analyze programs and strategies that promote culturally responsive teaching practices and best in class, research-based college and career readiness pathways. 


Implements and monitors best in class initiatives related to the effective integration of World Language Programs in PreK-12 teaching and learning.
  • Engages with State and national colleagues and collaborates with local school system supervisors and teachers in the revision and evaluation of standards and policies related to World Language Programs.
  • Builds strong relationships with LEAs and identifies and creates resources for world language supervisors, teachers, and other stakeholders to fulfill unique needs across the State.
  • Attends and presents at world language collaborative meetings to demonstrate the effective selection and integration of world language resources into content.
  • Collaborates with LEA world language liaisons and MSDE colleagues on the effective integration of world language programs to support and accelerate student learning, especially with historically underserved student groups.
  • Supports the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy program in collaboration with LEAs and Institutions of Higher Education to encourage students to pursue biliteracy and to recognize students attaining proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.
  • Provides technical assistance and program support, internal to external stakeholders on initiatives related to World Language Programs including early childhood education providers to integrate lessons with developmentally appropriate world language education.
  • Develops and coordinates professional learning and coaching to ensure the operationalization of world language instructional best practices within LEAs and responds to requests for information related to world language programs.
  • Encourages knowledge-sharing, idea exchange, and peer support to build a culture of continuous learning and improvement in world language education and assists in designing, implementing, and evaluating high-quality professional learning activities regarding existing and emerging world language programs. 
  • Supports MSDE divisions and offices with the implementation of MSDE’s multiyear strategic plan and the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.


Education:   A Master’s degree or the equivalent of 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate coursework in Education, Foreign Language-World Language Education, or a related field.

Experience: Four years of administrative or teaching (school-based or district-based) experience in, or affiliated with, an education program involving World Languages, Foreign Language Programs, International and Foreign Language Education, or a related field.

  1. Candidates may substitute a Bachelor's Degree with 6 years of the specified content experience to satisfy the Minimum Qualifications noted above.
  2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to the position option 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 teaching experience in a World Language or Foreign Language Education program.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Please include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.
  • Knowledge of prekindergarten through grade World Language or Foreign Language Education programs and curriculum.
  • Knowledge of standards, trends, regulations, policies, and effective instruction and assessment in World Languages or Foreign Language Education.
  • Knowledge of Biliteracy Programs, Maryland College and Career Readiness Pathway Standards and/or State and national standards, trends, regulations, policies, and issues affecting World Language or Foreign Language Education. 
  • Skill in implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and providing high-quality and service-level-based support and technical assistance for education programs.
  • Skill collaborating with diverse communities and organizations for the purpose of implementing programs and strategies.
  • Skill in developing and delivering research-based and best-in-class professional development programs. 
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
  •  Ability to interpret and apply learning standards, policies, and regulations.
  • 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. 

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.

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