T-TAP 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 associate’s 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 Qualifications Chart

Important Documents and Information

Renewal Information


Through the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five, NYAEYC will refund all credential fees upon successful completion of the New York State Training and Technical Assistance Professional Credential Professional Development Specialist process.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at credentials@nyaeyc.org.

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