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.

The New York State Training and Technical Assistance Professional (T-TAP) Credential –  Professional Development Specialist designation is the standard used to assure quality professional development for early childhood and school-age professionals. It recognizes a high level of professional achievement for providers of professional development.


Candidate education and experience will be verified through The Aspire Registry.  Minimally candidates must have a Career Ladder 5A with at least 12 credits in the defined areas below based on the designation:

  • Early Childhood Designation: Early Childhood Credits
  • School Age Designation: Elementary Education, Youth Development or the School Age Care Credential
  • Documented 2-years of professional experience working directly with children and families in the chosen designation.

Important Documents and Information

Renewal Information

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

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