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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. 

All candidates must prove that they will hold a valid teaching certificate from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) by the time they begin teaching. If you are currently enrolled in a teacher preparation program, you will need to provide a letter from your program or a student transcript to show you are on track to earn certification.

Step 2: Submit your online application

Once you have your materials ready—including your resume, academic history, professional references and thoughtful responses to three essay questions—complete your online application. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply, the better your chances are of finding your ideal fit.

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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.  

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 can 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.