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.
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