Increasing Qualified Personnel to Work in the Field of Special Education


Welcome to the employer section of the Personnel Development Program’s Data Collection System (PDPDCS) website. The Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs’ Personnel Development Program (PDP) awards grants to institutions of higher education. These awards are distributed by the grantee as scholarships to fund scholars training in the area of special education. These scholarships require a service obligation commitment of two years of eligible employment for each year of financial support. PDPDCS is responsible for tracking the service obligations of scholars funded by grants awarded in 2005 and any year thereafter, and scholars are required to report their status and employment information to PDPDCS annually. This website provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions about service obligation regulations/requirements and a portal to the Personnel Development Program Data Collection System, a secure, online database to collect scholar contact, training and service obligation information for use in reporting Personnel Development Program performance measures and for tracking the fulfillment of service obligations.

PDPDCS will send employers an email when the scholars have submitted their employment information into the PDPDCS, indicating a current or past employment position with their organization. The employers' responsibility is to log-in to the PDPDCS using a secure URL which will be included in the email. The secure URL will direct employers to the employment record to be verified. If the information provided by the scholar is not accurate, the employer will simply click "disagree" for those responses. If the employer disagrees with the information provided by the scholar, they can submit additional information. The verification process should take no longer than 10 minutes.