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Aspiring 3-K for All and Pre-K for All teachers must apply through one of the New York City Department of Education teacher application systems. Please select the application that best matches your background and qualifications.

I am a NY State-certified teacher (or will be certified by September 1, 2019)

If you currently hold, or are on track to possessing, a New York State teacher certification, you should apply through the Traditionally-Certified Teacher Application for Pre-K for All and 3-K for All opportunities now. 

I am certified to teach in another state

I am not-yet-certified (Study Plan Lead Teacher)

The application for not-yet-certified teachers is currently closed. If you are interested in mid-year teaching opportunities in our community-based early childhood programs, known as NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs), please complete the Express Interest form.

I am a NY State-certified Assistant Teacher (Level I or higher)

  • The application for not-yet-certified teachers is currently closed. If you are interested in mid-year teaching opportunities in our community-based early childhood programs, known as NYC Early Education Centers, please complete the Express Interest form.
  • For information on how to apply to Assistant Teacher positions in District schools, please visit our Paraprofessionals career page.

I am certified or obtained my degree in another country

  • Please go to the New York State Higher Education website to learn more about documents and eligibility requirements to teach in NY State with a non-US degree.
  • You may also have to go through the process to have your international credits evaluated by the World Education Services. 
  • You may be eligible to be a Study Plan Lead Teacher in a NYC Early Education Center (NYCEEC).  

I am a current DOE teacher but want to apply to teach 3-K or Pre-K

  • Open Market Transfer System
  • If you are interested in applying for pre-K positions in NYC District Schools or Pre-K Centers, you may log in to the Open Market Transfer system and search for open positions at the 3-K and pre-K level.
  • If you are interested in applying for pre-K positions at a NYCEEC, please contact our office directly to discuss your next steps and to learn of opportunities available near you. You may reach us at teachnycprek@schools.nyc.gov.

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“When the chance to teach full day pre-K opened up in my school in 2009, I jumped. It’s an exciting time. The Chancellor has a wonderful vision for the children.”
Phyllis Berk, Pre-K Teacher, Queens