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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.


First Priority Deadline: Wednesday, February 15
Apply by February 15 for 

  • Final consideration for the Select Recruits Early Hiring Program, a community of exceptional teacher candidates committed to teaching in the Bronx. Select Recruits will have access to early hiring opportunities, and receive enhanced job search support. (Please note that qualified candidates will be asked for a recommender to speak to their skills as a teacher to be considered.) 
  • Early access to the New Teacher Finder – the online platform where prospective teachers can search position openings and principals can look to for new teacher candidates. Candidates can connect with schools, view positions, express interest in openings.
  • Consideration for mid-year teaching opportunities.  

Second Priority Deadline: Wednesday, April 5
Apply by April 5 for 

  • Guaranteed consideration to receive additional support from the Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality (TRQ) in finding a school position. 
  • Enhanced visibility in the New Teacher Finder if recommended, and consideration for one-on-one consultation calls. 
  • Invitations to online information sessions and teacher chats that explore in more detail what it means to teach in New York City and best practices for navigating the job search. 
  • Access to hiring and networking events that will take place across the city. 

Final Deadline: Wednesday, June 21
Apply by June 21 for 

  • Invitations to the final hiring and networking events of the summer 
  • Regular communications from TRQ that highlight schools across the city with open teaching positions. 
  • Access to New Teacher Finder where prospective teachers can search position openings and principals can look to for new teacher candidates. After the final deadline, new teacher applications will only be reviewed on an as-needed basis.
Feb. 15
Apr. 5
Jun. 21
School Tours (
?Offered in the early spring, school tours allow eligible teacher candidates to see a school while in session, learn about its mission and educational philosophy and determine if it could be a good fit. It’s also a chance to meet the school principal and get a sense of each school’s unique environment and community.
Consideration for Select Recruits Early Hiring Program (
?The Bronx is a great place to teach, and you can bring your talents and passion to students in Bronx communities. This program offers candidates the opportunity to connect with Bronx schools beginning in February and throughout the winter and spring. Learn More.
Current Available School Year Opportunities (
?Depending on when you submit your online teacher application, you could be eligible for openings that arise during the current school year, in addition to openings for the upcoming 2017–18 school year.
One-on-One Consultations (
?To support schools in their staffing needs and teacher candidates in their job search, our team may reach out to you by phone to offer additional support and hiring resources if you are certified in a high-need subject area.
Job Search Support (
?Applicants that apply by the April 5 deadline have access to webinars and online resources that explore in detail topics such as navigating the job search, how to ace your interview and demonstration lesson, and other communications from our office to assist you on your journey to the classroom.
Teacher Chats (
?Take a virtual seat and hear current teachers answer your questions and talk about what it means to be a teacher in the New York City Department of Education.
TeachNYC Academy Series (
?A series of job search webinars designed to give you the inside scoop on getting hired in our public schools.
Hiring Events (
?Occurring across the city throughout the spring and summer, our hiring events give you the opportunity to meet with school principals and hiring directors in person. Invitations are determined primarily by venue capacity, the subject areas in which registered schools have openings, and the borough preferences indicated on your application.
Vacancy Newsletter (
?Receive direct emails highlighting schools and school vacancies to help you hone in on your applications and job search.
New Teacher Finder Access (
?Applicants in the New Teacher Finder can search position openings, and principals can look to for new teacher applicants. Applicants can connect with schools, view positions, and express interest in openings.

Take full advantage of these benefits by applying earlier.

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.