Increasing Qualified Personnel to Work in the Field of Special Education

Welcome to the Personnel Development Program Data Collection Center (DCC)

Thank you for visiting the Personnel Development Program Data Collection Center (DCC) website.

The Personnel Development Program (PDP), authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is a Federal program managed at the Office of Special Education Programs aimed at increasing the supply of qualified personnel in the field of special education. This program awards competitive grants to Institutions of Higher Education to support scholars who are preparing to provide special education and related services to children and youth with disabilities. Scholars who receive funding agree to work in the field of special education or related services for two years for each year of support they receive. To learn more about PDP's service obligation component, please click on the Service Obligation Requirements link.

In 2012, OSEP contracted with the Educational Policy Institute (EPI), with a subcontract to Westat, to establish the Personnel Development Program Data Collection Center (DCC). The Center's primary responsibility is to collect and analyze data on scholars funded by PDP grants for use in reporting PDP program performance measures required by the Government Performance and Results Act (1993) and to track the service obligations of scholars funded by PDP grants awarded in Federal fiscal year 2005 and any year thereafter. The Center also tracks the eligible employment of scholars who have been awarded scholarships from PDP grants until their service obligations are fulfilled or they are referred to the Secretary for repayment of part or all of the funding received. In order to facilitate this process, EPI and Westat, developed the Data Collection System (DCS), a secure, online database to collect scholar preparation, and service obligation information for tracking scholars from enrollment through completion of service obligation.

For more information on your role in the scholar tracking process click on the Grantees, Scholars, or Employers link. To update service obligation information, please click on the Data Collection System Login link.