The MSDE Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services (DEI/SES) provides leadership, accountability, technical assistance, and resource management to local school systems, public agencies, and stakeholders through a seamless, comprehensive system of coordinated services to children and students with disabilities, birth through age 21, and their families.
Publications and Information
Technical Assistance Bulletins
Alternate Education Framework
Family Support Services
The IEP Process: Resources for Families during Virtual and Hybrid Learning
Best Practices for Identification of a Student with an Intellectual Disability
Guidance for IEP Teams Working with Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities: Assessment and Eligibility for the Alternate Framework
Part B and Part C IDEA Applications
SICC: Maryland State Interagency Coordinating Council
Actionable Steps to Reduce Over-Participation in the Alternate Assessments Aligned with Alternate Academic Achievement Standards in Maryland
Moving Maryland Forward: The DEI/SES Strategic Plan to Narrow the Gap
Study of the IEP Process and the Adequate Funding Level for Students with Disabilities
Maryland Elevates is the Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services comprehensive online resource for leaders, families, and providers of early intervention and special educations. Find resources to support the Division's strategic imperatives: early childhood, access, equity, and progress, and secondary transition; and COVID-19 updates to support students and their families during and after the pandemic.
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Performance Support and Technical Assistance
Policy and Accountability
Family Support and Dispute Resolution
Autism Waiver/Health-Related Services
Interagency Rates Committee
Resource Management and Monitoring
Nonpublic Special Education
Antoine L. Hickman, Ed.D.Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education ServicesOffice: (410) firstname.lastname@example.orgLisa SparrExecutive Associate, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education ServicesOffice: (410) 767-0238Fax: (410) email@example.com
The purpose of the Guide for Obtaining Special Education Program Support for New, Replacement, Renovated, or Expanded School Facilities is to assist local education agencies during the evaluation of certain special education programs prior to the start of a major construction or renovation project in order to obtain a letter of support for the project. For more information, email
On December 30, 2021, Mohammed Choudhury, State Superintendent of Schools, issued a
press release in response to the illegal and discriminatory use of restraint and seclusion. The Superintendent made clear that the illegal and inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in any school is unacceptable, and he immediately formed an intra-department workgroup to develop an action plan to tackle this important issue. Subsequently, during the 2022 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed
House Bill 1255 “Physical Restraint and Seclusion – Limitations, Reporting, and Training” (Education Article § 7-1101 et seq) which amended and expanded the law governing the use of restraint and seclusion in public schools, public agencies, and publicly funded nonpublic schools.
MSDE is proud to partner with our families through the publication of our new Parent Information Series.
These booklets provide essential information for families of students with disabilities from ages 3 through 21 on important topics that increase collaboration between home and school in planning for their child's education.
View the booklets