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Early Intervention/Preschool Special Education Personnel Standards


The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Division of Educator Effectiveness certifies teachers and other professional personnel.

Maryland State Board of Examiners certifies and licenses professionals in a range of fields. Visit Maryland’s Department of Health to learn more.

The National Center for Special Education Personnel and Related Service Providers provides information about career choices, development, and preparation and practice.  Search the Personnel Preparation Programs database by state, degree, area of specialty, or position to find community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, school districts, or regional resource centers that will prepare you to work with infants, young children and youth with disabilities, and their families.  You can also search directly for OSEP funded programs.

To go directly to Maryland Programs, click here.

Personnel Standards for Maryland’s Early Intervention Service Providers

The quality of staff is the single most important determinant of the quality of an early intervention program.  The foundation for building a quality program begins with employing or contracting with personnel who meet the highest entry-level requirements and suitable qualifications for their discipline.

In Maryland, suitable qualifications for personnel providing early intervention services in excess of 15 percent of employment hours, means a minimum of 120 contact hours in the following competency areas:

  • Infant and toddler development (typical and atypical)
  • Infant and toddler assessment (instruments and procedures)
  • Family assessment (identification of strengths/needs)
  • Family partnerships
  • Early intervention service options, strategies, and instructional practices
  • Team process
  • Service coordination

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