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Application & Hiring Process

We take hiring seriously because we take our teachers seriously. There are two parts to our rigorous hiring process. First, apply to become a teacher in the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) by completing a thorough online application. If your application is accepted, you can begin connecting with principals at schools that interest you.

Step 1: Gather your application materials

You will be able to save and return to your started application, but we recommend gathering all application materials first. The Teacher Application Guide has a list of everything you’ll need. 

Step 2: Submit your online teacher application

The online teacher application for the 2017-18 school year is closed, and the application for the 2018-19 school year will open in late 2017. However, you can still be considered for new openings between now and the end of November.

Teaching opportunities through November 2017

If you are interested in being considered for opportunities that arise between now and the end of November 2017, complete our Current Opportunities form:

Current Opportunities

Teaching opportunities for the 2018-19 school year and other future years

If you are interested in applying to teach in New York City schools during the 2018-19 school year or other future years, subscribe to updates by clicking the envelope icon (✉) in the top-right corner, follow us on Facebook, and check this site regularly for announcements.

Step 3: Find and apply for open positions

If your application is accepted, you will be invited to search and apply for the teaching positions that interest you. Please keep in mind that an accepted application does not guarantee a teaching position. You must apply directly to schools for positions that interest you, using one of the methods listed below.  For more information and best practices for conducting your job search in New York City schools, please refer to our 2017 Job Search Guide.

The New Teacher Finder
If your application is accepted, you can review open positions and connect with hiring principals through the New Teacher Finder, which principals use to browse candidate applications, post job openings, and reach out to promising applicants. In addition to help with the job search, New Teacher Finder members have access to hiring resources and exclusive networking events.  

Recruitment Events
Some candidates may be eligible to attend recruitment fairs and other networking events, where they will meet in person with hiring principals. Invitations are reserved for the strongest candidates in select subject areas.

Direct Contact
Principals and other school-level staff make hiring decisions, so we encourage you to contact schools directly. Just make sure to tailor your resume and cover letter to each school so your application stands out.

Step 4: Prepare for Your Start Date

Once hired, you’ll need to complete several tasks before your first day, including getting fingerprinted. You will receive specific instructions for everything required, and can use our New Teacher Checklist as a guide.