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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

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

Post-Deadline Opportunities

Update: While our final priority deadline has passed, the online teacher application for the 2017-18 school year remains open for specific candidates. See below exception areas for details.

If you are interested in teaching in New York City public schools for the 2018-19 school year), please DO NOT complete the online application at this time. The Online Teacher Application for the 2018-19 school year will be available in late 2017.

Teachers Interested in Renewal Schools
The Renewal School Program is a new strategy to turn around New York City's most challenged schools. Renewal Schools provide an extra hour of extended instruction each day in addition to expanded after-school and summer learning opportunities for students. Schools in the program receive additional resources for academic intervention and professional development. 

We are committed to hiring excellent teachers who are interested in teaching in these schools that need them most. If you are interested in teaching at a Renewal School, please submit an online teacher application as soon as possible.

Teachers Certified in Shortage Subject Areas
Our schools have high hiring needs for teachers in specific subject areas. We encourage you to submit an online teacher application as soon as possible if you are certified to teach any of the following subject areas:

  • Bilingual Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English as a New Language
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science (all subjects)
  • Special Education

Teachers who have Found a Position at a New York City Public School
A complete and submitted online teacher application is an important and required component of the New York City Department of Education's teacher staffing process. If you have received an offer from a New York City public school for the 2017-18 school year, please complete your online application as soon as possible in order to avoid payroll processing delays. 



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 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.