EDUCATION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST 2 SPECIAL EDUCATION
Under general direction of an Education Program Development
Specialist 1 or other supervisory official, in a State
Department, designs, produces, and delivers Special Education
curricula, training, program improvement, and related education
services to education agencies to ensure the achievement of
mandated goals and to meet existing, and emerging needs; performs
mandated regulatory functions; performs work of a difficult
nature and generally works independently in the monitoring and
evaluation of education programs in school districts statewide;
does related work.
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not
perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely,
all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Conducts work of a difficult nature in the development,
evaluation, and monitoring of local and state instructional
programs, and recommends program changes to supervisor.
Provides technical assistance in designing and implementing plans
for improving instructional programming.
Designs and implements procedures and instrumentation for the
ongoing assessment of the staff training and instructional
In cooperation with county offices and regional units, conducts
training activities for staff employed in education agencies.
Develops program guidelines in the areas of curricula and
instructional materials and methods as directed.
Consults with local program staff and provides the technical
assistance needed to develop and implement improved
curricular/instructional materials and methods.
Reviews educational programs and recommends approval,
disapproval, or modification of funding levels.
Reviews annual program plans, applications for funds, and final
reports, and recommends acceptance, modification, or disapproval.
Develops guidelines for funding and/or contracting with state,
county, and local agencies for programs and/or services.
Reviews monthly and annual reports and writes reports and
recommendations pertaining to program effectiveness and
Reviews research, literature, and legislation and consults with
experts in the discipline(s) to ascertain current and future
trends in curricular area(s) of responsibility.
In cooperation with other professional staff, develops technical
aspects of legislation or administrative code for technical
accuracy and compliance with current trends in the area of
Participates in funding decisions for local districts and
monitors the approved funding plan.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and computerized information systems used by the
agency, office, or related units.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's
degree in Special Education or a field related to Special Education, as
determined by the appointing authority.
NOTE: Applicants who possess a master's degree which
is not in special Education or a related field may substitute a New Jersey
educational certificate issued by the State Board of Examiners and/or
other professional endorsement in Special Education, as Teacher of
the Handicapped, Learning Disabilities Consultant, School Psychologist,
School Social Worker, or certification in a related field as determined by
the appointing authority.
Four (4) years of experience in a school district or other educational
institution in programs providing Special Education.
Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid in
New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle rather that employee
mobility is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of education theories, curriculum development, and
instructional methods and techniques applicable to special
Knowledge of methods used to effectively train education staff.
Knowledge of theories, principles, and practices in educational
testing and measurement.
Knowledge of effective approaches to needs assessment.
Knowledge of laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to
elementary, secondary, or adult education.
Knowledge of instruction materials and assessment tools used in
elementary, secondary, or adult education.
Knowledge of state and local budgetary procedures.
Knowledge of the area of professional specialization, including
current practices, historical perspective, and future trends.
Knowledge of state and federal laws, codes, and regulations
governing curricular areas(s) of specialization.
Ability to develop, implement, and manage preservice and
inservice staff training programs.
Ability to plan and develop curricular/instructional materials.
Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of instructional
Ability to interface with community groups, school district
professional staff, and other professionals.
Ability to provide leadership and planning assistance to local
Ability to write clearly and effectively.
Ability to assess problems in education and implement plans to
Ability to identify cost effective procedures.
Ability to provide planning and program improvement assistance
for educational programs.
Ability to exercise leadership in the curricular area(s) of
specialization with interest groups, specialists, and
counterparts in other state departments of education.
Ability to plan and execute a program and allocate resources
provided for that purpose.
Ability to provide a technical analysis of legislation or
Ability to plan, organize, and deliver public presentations in
the curricular area(s) of specialization.
Ability to develop special education product and training
Ability to analyze needs in order to determine product and
training procedures needed.
Ability to develop human relations and group dynamics skills in
working as a member of a team.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and information systems used by the agency,
office or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in
English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as
acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they
can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable
accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be made because it
would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.