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Traditionally Certified Pathway

Ready to bring your spark to a team of exceptional educators? We’re looking for teachers who are committed to continuous improvement, enthusiastic about collaboration and fiercely committed to success for all students.

To be eligible for a teaching position, you must hold a valid teaching certificate  issued by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). If you do not yet have your certification, but are on track to have it by September 2019, we encourage you to apply now for the 2019-20 school year.  

Subject Areas

The NYC DOE hired over 6,000 teachers for the 2016-17 school year across a wide range of subjects and grade levels. We are especially interested in applicants certified in high-need subjects, such as special education, science, mathematics, English as a Second Language and bilingual education.

At the present time, district public schools throughout the city may hire external teachers (teachers not currently employed by the NYC DOE) in the following subject areas:

  • Sciences*
  • Mathematics*
  • Special Education*
  • English as a Second Language*
  • English*
  • Social Studies*
  • Early Childhood*
  • Childhood / Common Branches*
  • Middle School Generalist*
  • Speech*
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Arts, including visual arts, music, theater and dance
  • Library
  • Most foreign languages including Spanish, Chinese, Latin and French

*Also hiring teachers with bilingual certification in that subject.

Other subjects may be hired on a case-by-case basis only. These hiring needs may change, so please check back frequently for updates. Please note that all interested teachers are required to complete our online application to be eligible for these and other opportunities that may arise throughout the school year.

High-Need Schools

We are always looking for teachers who can help students in high-need schools reach their full potential. Teachers at New York City’s high-need schools help the students most in need of great teachers overcome unique learning challenges, often working in schools in low-income neighborhoods, such as central and southern Brooklyn and the Bronx, or in schools that serve large numbers of English language learners (ELLs) and special education students.

High-need schools include the 94 Renewal Schools and Rise Schools throughout the city, which are struggling schools focused on increasing student success through several strategies, such as deepening support for students’ families and the surrounding community. Teachers in high-need schools may also qualify for financial incentives.

We’re particularly interested in teachers for high-need schools and subjects. Learn More