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Maryland IEP Chairpersons Stacked Microcredential

Based on the IEP Chairperson Competencies, developed collaboratively by Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education, Inc. (MCIE) for the MSDE Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services (DEI/SES), this micro-credential is sequenced to support your:

  1. Knowledge of state and federal legal requirements,
  2. IEP development and implementation,
  3. Leading IEP teams, and
  4. Engaging families and students in the IEP process.

In each course, you will consider the laws, regulations, practices at your district and school, and the needs of your students throughout the work expected of an IEP Chairperson.

The IEP Chairperson Micro-credential is a self-paced, performance-based, specialized professional learning opportunity where you can immediately apply your new learning directly to your school environment. The micro-credential includes 6 courses that are asynchronous, fully online, and non-facilitated so there are no face-to-face or online meetings, no travel requirements, and you can work at your own pace.

Program Details

Course Structure

There are a total of 6 courses with four modules of work each. The 6 courses are:

  1. Course 1: Legal Requirements/Initial Evaluation/Eligibility
  2. Course 2: Supporting IEP Team Meeting Implementation
  3. Course 3: Development of a Highly Effective IEP
  4. Course 4: IEP Implementation and Evaluation
  5. Course 5: Discipline and Restraint/ Seclusion/Exclusion
  6. Course 6: Family Engagement & Student Self Advocacy


A generous grant from the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Intervention/Special Education Services will support 50 participants to pilot the IEP Chairperson Micro-credential courses in Summer 2022. 

Start/End Dates

The courses will run in Summer 2022 with a current start date of early June and completion date of late August.

Your Time Commitment

Each course will take approximately 10 hours of self-paced work. All six courses are estimated to take 60 hours. We suggest participants spend 5-10 hours per week to complete the work, though this is flexible.

Due Dates

There are no deadlines or due dates each week, allowing you flexibility for vacations, breaks, and other interruptions during the completion of the work. The only deadline within the course will be the final submission date, currently in late August.


Each course will include different activities that have automatic feedback, providing you real-time information on your understanding of the content and progress in the courses. 

Portfolio Submission

A portfolio of work will be created throughout the 6 courses and submitted during the final course for review by identified experts in the field. Items will be graded using a Met/Not Met competency-based scale. Any elements determined Not Met will include feedback for revision and resubmission. The portfolio may be revised and resubmitted as many times as needed to be Met. The grant funding will support the pilot participants in the initial portfolio submission and 1 resubmission. Any subsequent portfolio resubmissions will need to be funded by the participant. 


We are applying for Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit, anticipating approval to provide 4 CPD credits upon the successful completion of the 6 courses.

Continuing Education Certificate (CEU) will also be awarded, recognized by Loyola University Maryland, after successful completion of the work at a proficient level. (Please note: CEU's are evidence of Professional Study approved by Loyola University Maryland. They are not equivalent to graduate or undergraduate credit. Individual jurisdictions and organizations have different regulations for accepting CEU credit. Please contact your jurisdiction or organization for further information on the acceptance and use of CEU credit.)



What does non-facilitated mean?

For just-in-time learning, we have developed automatic feedback to support you as you move through the content allowing you to learn and grow beyond the standard enrollment periods.

What does self-paced, asynchronous mean?

You will be able to complete the work at your own pace, in your own time. There are no required meetings, face-to-face or online.

How does Met/Not Met grading work?

Competency-based grading provides learners with multiple opportunities to meet the expectations. Using a Met/Not Met system, we allow resubmissions of all activities and work until the competency aligned to that submission is Met.

If you submit or create something that is considered Not Met, you will receive feedback on what changes you need to implement to move your submission to Met. You will then have time to make revisions and resubmit for further review.

Within the courses, this feedback is provided automatically. For the final portfolio, facilitators who are experts in the field will review your submission, providing feedback for anything that is ‘Not Met’ for revision.

What does ‘successful completion’ mean?

We use a Met/Not Met system. Successful completion is when all activities in the courses and the portfolio is Met.

How tech-savvy do I need to be?

Although various technology tools are utilized throughout the courses, we carefully chose tools for ease of use for our participants. We support any technology needs that arise through the micro-credential and provide support documents and videos on how to use the tools.

Are there any hidden fees?

No. Any resources you need to use as part of the micro-credential are provided for you in the courses.

Is there someone I can contact if I have questions?

Yes! Any questions can be sent to Nolan Taylor at MCIE,

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