Professional Development Specialist

The Professional Development Specialist (PDS) designation is for individuals providing non-credit bearing in-person group professional development on general early childhood and/or school age content.

All PDS trainers have had their experience and education verified to be specific to early childhood education and/or school age care.  The levels are based largely on education level and coursework related to early childhood education.  PDS trainers hold a minimum of an associates degree, experience working in early childhood education and experience delivering professional development.  PDS trainers often also possess additional endorsements to deliver specific curricula and or use specific assessment tools.

Current T-TAP PDS Qualification Chart

Important Funding Updates


Currently there are revisions and improvements being made to the competencies and portfolio process of the Professional Development Specialist designation.  NYSAEYC anticipates piloting the revised competencies and new portfolio process in the Fall of 2016.  If you are interested in being a part of this pilot, please send an email to credentials@nysaeyc.org.

Draft of Revised Competencies

Please note the current process continues to run as these changes are being made.  NYSAEYC anticipates rolling out the revisions state wide in early 2017.

Getting Started

  1. Join Aspire

An active Individual Professional Profile on Aspire, New York’s Registry for Early Childhood Professionals is needed.  The process includes setting up an individual account as well as submitting documentation for verification.

NYSAEYC uses some of your verified information from you Professional Profile to help determine your eligibility.

2. Intent to Apply Form and References

Once you have an active Professional Profile and are registered as a trainer with Aspire, submit the online Intent to Apply form and have 30 days to have 3 Professional References submitted on your behalf.

3. Trainer Portfolio

After reviewing your qualifications and references, NYSAEYC will notify you of your eligibility to earn the Professional Development Specialist designation through the New York State Training and Technical Assistance Professional Credential.  At that time, NYSAEYC will let you know that you have 90 days to submit portfolios that demonstrate you competence as a professional development provider.

Archived Webinars

Click on the date and time below to register.

Overview of the T-TAP

An informational session about the New York State Training and Technical Assistance Professional Credential (formally know as the Early Learning Trainer Credential) process to assist providers of professional development in deciding which approved trainer type best meets their professional needs before beginning process.

Archived Video – Monday, June 8, 2015, 11:00am-12:00pm

Slides – Monday, June 8, 2015, 11:00-12:00pm

Archived Video – Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 4:00-5:00pm

Slides – Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 4:00-5:00pm


Completing the T-TAP Portfolio

This informational webinar will review the portfolio structure, development and design. Each of the knowledge base areas will be covered following the portfolio instructions and scoring tool.

Slides – Used during 6/29/15 an 7/28/15

Archived Video – Monday, June 29, 2015, 11:00am-12:00pm

Archived Video – Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 4:00-5:00pm

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