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
- STEP 2: SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
- STEP 3: FIND AND APPLY FOR OPEN POSITIONS
- STEP 4: PREPARE FOR YOUR START DATE
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.
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.
The next and final deadline to apply to teach in New York City is Wednesday, June 21. But we like to encourage candidates to apply early to take advantage of a variety of supports. From a survey of new hires we conducted this fall, over 60% of respondents began their job search before June and about 1 in 4 respondents accepted their current job in June.
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.
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.
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.
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.