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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 (NYC DOE) 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 2018-19 school year is closed, and the application for the 2019-20 school year will open in late 2018. However, you can still be considered for new openings between now and the end of November.

Teaching opportunities through November 2018

If you are interested in being considered for opportunities that arise between now and the end of November 2018, visit our Current Opportunities:

Current Opportunities

Teaching opportunities for the 2019-20 school year, and future years

If you are interested in applying to teach in NYC public schools during the 2019-20 school year or future school years, subscribe to updates, follow us on Facebook, and check this site regularly for announcements.


Teachers Interested in Renewal or Rise 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 aspossible if you are certified to teach any of the following subject areas:

  • Mathematics
  • All Science subjects
  • English as a New Language
  • Bilingual Education
  • Physical Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • 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, please complete your online application as soon as possible in order to avoid 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 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.