Divisions/Programs

Early Intervention and Special Education Services

MSDE's Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services 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.

In the Spotlight

The Division of Early Intervention & Special Education Services and The Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Center for Technology in Education work together to provide resources and information to narrow the achievement gap in Maryland.

Maryland Learning Links
Maryland Learning Links is the Division’s online portal providing educators and leaders with the special education resources, guidance, and professional learning opportunities they need to improve outcomes and narrow the gap in school readiness and achievement for students with disabilities. Explore the three action imperatives–early childhood; access, equity, progress; secondary transition–and key strategies of the Division's strategic plan, Moving Maryland Forward. Take the tour!

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Narrow the Gap Early Childhood

Discover birth to kindergarten resources to support young learners.

Narrow the Gap Access, Equity, Progress

Learn how to support all students, birth through age 21.

Narrow the Gap Secondary Transition

Find strategies to prepare students for life after school.

Learn how Maryland is working to Narrow the Gap.

​The Division's call to action is to narrow the achievement gap in Maryland by ensuring students with disabilities receive access to the general education curriculum and specially designed instruction. Learn about the Division's call to action to narrow the achievement gap in Maryland.