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  • 504570
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Jan 26 2022 at 23:55 MST


The Arizona Department of Education's mission is to advance equity and excellence for all students by serving school leaders, educators and staff, collaborating with communities, and leading with data-driven best practices. Our vision is equity for all students to achieve their full potential!

Early Childhood Education Specialist

Exceptional Student Services/Early Childhood Section

Job Location:

Address:  Phoenix

Posting Details:

Salary: $60,000 - $65,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: 1/26/22

Job Summary:

• Provide technical assistance, coaching, and professional development to school district preschool program administrators and practitioners to support best practices and improve outcomes for preschool aged children with disabilities
• Use knowledge of state and federal regulations, outcomes data, evidence based practices, and action planning activities to support the needs identified within an assigned caseload of programs
• Work within a team structure to identify, develop, and deliver training through annual conferences, regional meetings, one on one meetings in a hybrid work environment
• Local , in-state, and out-of-state travel may be required

Job Duties:

• Answer questions from public and private agencies concerning state and federal requirements in special education
• Serve as statewide consultant to Public Education Agencies (PEAs), other state agencies, community service providers, and parent organizations, offering technical assistance and training when requested in the area of preschool special education services to help achieve effective program services for children
• Conduct individual Public Education Agency (PEA) and regional meetings to convey information, answer questions and create and support action plans regarding best practices in early childhood special education and practices regarding performance of Indicators 6 -Preschool Environments,7 -Preschool Child Outcomes,12 -Transition to Preschool
• Use professional journals and other research to create and deliver professional development and technical assistance
• Engage in statewide delivery of best practices content to increase compliance with federal and state requirements and improve child outcomes including presenting at local, regional, state, and national conferences in addition to regional and school meetings
• Collaborate with early childhood partners such as Arizona Early Intervention Program, Head Start, First Things First, DES Childcare, DHS Licensing in agency meetings to provide information and support improvement efforts
• Assist in the development and implementation of SPP-APR improvement activities related to Indicators 4, 6,7, 12
• Work within internal support teams to provide specialized supports to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) related to these indicators

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Please note: For those selected for interviews, skills assessments may be administered as part of the interview process.
• Adult learning styles
• Arizona statutes and regulations pertaining to Early Childhood/Special Education
• Child development and early childhood learning theory
• Early Childhood pedagogy, curriculum, and quality learning environments
• Early Childhood Assessment including screening, formative and summative assessment practices and methodologies
• Quality standards including AZ Early Learning Standards (infant/toddler, preschool, K-3), AZ Program Guidelines for High Quality Early Childhood Programs, and Quality First; Council for Exceptional Children/Division of Early Childhood positions statements and resources
• Early childhood/early childhood special education professional and advocacy organizations
• Experience implementing Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) law and regulations to support inclusive practices for all children
• Applicants must have taught or administered an Early Childhood Special Education program, preferably within a school district, for a minimum of two years
• Extensive experience providing professional development and/or technical assistance
• Experience monitoring & evaluating ECE program for program effectiveness
• A Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education or Special Education with an ECE Endorsement (or closely related field) is required
• Public speaking, effective writing, and oral communication
• Create professional development and present to the public
• Organization, time management, and attend to multiple tasks
• Expertise in professional development best practices for adult learners
• Intermediate to advanced skill in using Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Establish and maintain interpersonal relationships in in-person and hybrid work environments
• Competence in research methods, data analysis, assessment, and evaluation
• Develop and deliver professional develop utilizing web-based technology
• Organize others and bring together diverse groups of people
• Read, analyze, synthesize, and utilize current research and policy briefs
• Uses early childhood standards and state and federal regulations to support improvement efforts

Selective Preference(s):

Preference will be given to those applicants with:
• Arizona Certification in Early Childhood Special Education, Early Childhood Education, K-12 Special Education, or related field
• Master's or Doctorate Degree in Early Childhood Special Education or related field
• Experience in K-3 settings

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Applicants must have a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card or the ability to obtain one prior to employment start date.
• Position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
• Offers are contingent upon successful completion of all background and reference checks, required documents and, if applicable, a post-offer medical/physical evaluation.


ADE’s comprehensive benefits package includes:

• Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
• Tuition reimbursement program available for education/professional development advancement
• Hybrid schedule (combination of telework and in-office) may be available for some job roles
• Top ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
• Deferred compensation plan
• Accrued sick leave and vacation leave
• Ten paid holidays per year
• Wellness plans

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


You will be required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) upon your 27th week of employment, subject to waiting period. On or shortly after, your first day of employment you will be provided with enrollment instructions and effective date.

Contact Us:

The Arizona Department of Education is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADE Human Resources office at (602) 542-3186 or via e-mail at HumanResourcesGroup@azed.gov.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.