Early Intervention and Special Education Services

Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services

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.


For Educators and Families

Partnership in Action

Items of Interest

Maryland Elevates

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 education. Find resources to support the Division's strategic imperatives: early childhood, access, equity, progress, and secondary transition; and COVID-19 updates to support students and their families during and after the pandemic.

Visit the Maryland Elevates website

ES Branches


Antoine L. Hickman, Ed.D.
Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services

Office: (410) 767-0238

Monique Wiggins
Executive Associate, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services

Office: (410) 767-0238
Fax: (410) 333-8165



The webinar "Ensuring Communication Access for All: Towards Challenging Ableism and Unlocking Possibilities" was presented on April 11, 2024 by Dr. Yoosun Chung. Dr. Chung is an associate professor in the Division of Special Education and disAbility Research within the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Chung earned both her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (CS) and her doctoral degree with a specialization in Assistive Technology (AT) from the same institution. She holds a master’s degree in CS from Cornell University. 

Her research interests include individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), individuals with disAbilities and the application of AT. Chung served as the President of the United States Society for AAC (USSAAC) between 2020 and 2022. She is a distinguished educator, having been the recipient of both the 2020 Online Teaching Excellence Award and the 2012 Teaching Excellence Award – Teaching with Technology from the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning at George Mason University. She was also recognized with the Edwin and Esther Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture Award from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2017 and WORDS+/ISAAC Outstanding Consumer Lecture Award from the International Society for AAC (ISAAC) in 2006. It was attended by LEA leaders, staff members, and family members from around the state.

Parent Information Series Guidebooks

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