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 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.

Visit the Maryland Elevates website

ES Branches


Lisa Sparr
Executive Associate
Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services

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


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.

New! 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

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.