Special Education Consultant

Friday, October 13, 2017
Michigan Department of Education
Position Details: 

Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Office of Professional Preparation Services

POSITION:  Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Special Education (OSE) and Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) Special Education Consultant

STATUS:  Full-time employee (2,080 hours), located in Lansing, position is under the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System.

SALARY: $79,040 ($38.00 per hour)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 13, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST


  • Experience with special education programs. Credential in special education preferred.
  • Possession of at least a master’s degree in a field of education. Ph.D. preferred.
  • Experience with or in educator preparation programs/institutions. Leadership skills desired.
  • Experience analyzing data and information to make data based decisions and process improvements
  • Ability to keep accurate records for time and attendance documentation.
  • Ability to collaborate with educator preparation institutions and offices within the MDE.



  • Facilitate the development of preparation programs and requirements for the assigned areas. This includes recruiting and leading K-12 and higher education stakeholder groups, synthesizing stakeholder feedback, and preparing technical documentation in the area of special education.
  • Review standards-based program offerings leading to certificates/endorsements in special education.
  • Provide in-service trainings to appropriate school staff as related to Special Education Personnel Approvals
  • Coordinate all activities related to the implementation of the review processes including: leading consultants in preparation and review conferences; collaborating with appropriate program specialists inside and outside the MDE for the conduct of reviews; convening conferences for panels for trained reviewers; and leading the review conferences
  • Maintain accurate records and communicate with internal and external stakeholders regarding the review and approval of programs.
  • Evaluate and develop improvements to the functionality of the electronic personnel approvals system.
  • Maintain and update the Personnel Approvals Technical Manual website information.
  • Meet with the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) programmers to discuss and approve any new requirements for the Special Education Personnel Approvals System.
  • Monitor special education school personnel approvals submitted into the system to ensure all responsible parties have taken the required action steps for processing approvals.
  • Represents the State interests in national accreditation visits to educator preparation institutions, particularly focusing on specialty area data.
  • Serve as staff resource for activities related to the Educator Preparation Institution (EPI) Performance Score and corrective action associated with the score.
  • Coordinate activities related to continuous program improvement following reviews including: providing consultation and support to institutions with documented program deficiencies; coordinating and monitoring review of institutional responses regarding the findings of panels and content experts including negotiations regarding responses to weaknesses; overseeing the preparation of program approval items for consideration by the Superintendent; responsible for communication with deans and directors regarding reviews in assigned specialty areas.
  • Provide technical assistance to EPIs to understand the corrective action activities associated with the EPI Performance Score.
  • Plan and engage stakeholder meetings regarding corrective action, as appropriate.
  • Serve as liaison between the OSE and OPPS.
  • Work with OSE and OPPS staff to transition existing OSE processes into current OPPS systems/processes.
  • Work with OPPS and OSE to streamline the special education teacher certification reciprocity competency approval process.
  • Maintain oversight over OSE approval and administrative authorizations.
  • Coordinate the dissemination of information related to new procedures and systems with K-12 and educator preparation stakeholders.
  • Other duties as assigned in the area of special education.

APPLICATION DETAILS: To apply for this position, please submit a resume and a cover letter identifying your qualifications to Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education, Attn: Scott Kemmer-Slater, PO Box 30008, Lansing, MI  48909 or fax (attn: Scott Kemmer-Slater) to 517-373-2969 or email to KemmerSlaterS@michigan.gov.

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