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    Application Process

  1. What do the online information sessions cover?

    Our online information sessions offer in-depth information on getting hired in the New York City Department of Education. In each session, applicants can ask specific questions and chat with the presenters. Historically, 90 percent of New Teacher Finder members have said that they would recommend the information sessions to a fellow applicant. If you are unable to make an online information session, you can view a recorded version at your convenience.  

  2. What other recruitment events are there?

    In addition to online information sessions  and recruitment fairs, we host Principal Panels and I TEACH NYC Tours for the most promising applicants.

    At Principal Panels, which are co-hosted with colleges in the New York metro area, principals talk about what it’s like to work in our schools and offer advice to students on the job search process. You may also have the opportunity to network and provide your resume to the principals on the panel. In the past, 90 percent of applicants who participated in a Principal Panel said they would recommend the panel to another teacher. New Teacher Finder members will be notified by email if an event is being hosted at their college or university.

    I TEACH NYC Tours are exclusive events for Select Recruits to tour schools in the Bronx, meet principals and teachers, and get advice on the job search process. If eligible, you will receive information on how to register for an I TEACH NYC Tour via email.

  3. When can I expect to hear back on my application?

    Within two weeks of your submitting a complete application, we’ll get in touch with you to either a) ask for any additional information needed to review your application, b) let you know you’re eligible for job search support, c) invite you to interview for Select Recruits, or d) let you know we cannot assist you in your job search, either because you do not hold a valid teaching certificate or did not pass our initial applicant screening.

  4. Alternate Routes to Certification

  5. I’ve been accepted into the New York City Teaching Fellows (NYCTF) program. Do I need to begin an online teacher application?

    No, don’t begin a new application. If you have been accepted into the NYCTF program, you will receive specific instructions from the NYCTF office on how to complete the online teacher application requirement.

  6. I’ve been accepted into the Teach For America (TFA) program. Do I need to begin an online teacher application?

    If you have been accepted into the program, please wait for specific instructions from the TFA office before starting an online teacher application.

  7. Fingerprinting

  8. I have to get fingerprinted before I start working in my school. How do I do it, and how much does it cost?

    The cost of fingerprinting is $130, which can be deducted from your first paycheck. Before you begin working, your fingerprints must be cleared by the state and federal government, as well as our Office of Personnel Investigations.

    Below are full instructions for teachers and student teachers.

    Teachers: You will receive an email with instructions to log into the Applicant Gateway. You must complete and e-sign all required forms in the Applicant Gateway. Then, you must come to the HR Connect Walk-in Center at 65 Court Street, Room 102, in Brooklyn between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (though we encourage you to report no later than 4:30 p.m.). When you come, bring your original I-9 documentation that shows you are eligible to work in the U.S. Please refer to the I-9 Eligibility Form for a complete list of acceptable documentation.

    Student teachers: You will receive an email with instructions to log into the Applicant Gateway. You must complete and e-sign all required forms in the Applicant Gateway. Then, you must come to the HR Connect Walk-in Center at 65 Court Street, Room 102, in Brooklyn between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (though we encourage you to report no later than 4:30 p.m.).  Bring a government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license), your school ID and fingerprint payment of $130.

  9. Job Search Resources

  10. How can I find a school that’s right for me?

    Use School Search to find schools by borough and grade level. School Search provides basic information about that school (i.e., name, grades and enrollment), as well as links to more detailed information, such as the School Quality Snapshot.

  11. I’m interested in working at a school, but not as a teacher. Do I apply here?

    If you are interested in applying for other school-based positions, please visit Other School Positions or browse the NYCDOE careers website.

  12. What is the New Teacher Finder?

    The New Teacher Finder is an online platform where hiring principals and promising applicants connect. Principals can browse candidate applications, post job openings and reach out to applicants. In addition to help with the job search, New Teacher Finder members have access to hiring resources and exclusive networking events.