School Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, and Attendance Teachers
Candidates interested in becoming a school counselor, social worker, psychologist, or attendance teacher in the NYC public schools must possess or have completed all requirements for the appropriate New York State certificate. Candidates from out-of-state may be considered if they fall within the guidelines for interstate reciprocity as defined on the NY State website. You can find details about New York State certification requirements for these titles by visiting the New York State Office of Teaching Initiatives.
Application and Hiring Process
For full-time employment opportunities for the 2018-19 school year, new prospective candidates are required to register and complete the NYCDOE online application, which is currently open. Application instructions are provided on the registration site.
Since selections for PPS positions take place at the school level, you may research and apply directly to schools in which you have interest after you have completed an online application and have received eligibility verification. The Division of Human Resources does not hold interviews for these positions. Information about our schools is available here. Candidates deemed eligible for PPS positions through the online pre-screening process will be placed on a list of available candidates for principals and hiring managers to review. This list will be forwarded to hiring supervisors upon request.
Eligible PPS candidates will be placed in the New Teacher Finder with eligible teachers. This search tool allows principals to post school-based positions and contact candidates, and allows candidates to search for vacancies and apply directly to schools. Please be aware that positions in this area are extremely limited. Furthermore, these positions are typically posted during the summer months and into the start of the school year.
Bilingual Candidates for Pupil Personnel Services Positions
In order to seek a position as a Bilingual Pupil Personnel Service Provider you must hold the bilingual extension in addition to your base certificate in your professional discipline. If you have this extension certificate, please be sure to indicate this information when completing your online application. If you are bilingual and do not have the extension, we encourage you to pursue the bilingual extension requirements for certification. This will increase your chances of being selected for PPS positions. If you have been offered a position as a bilingual provider and need the bilingual extension, please contact the Office of Scholarship and Incentive programs for further information at PPS@schools.nyc.gov.
Scholarship Programs for Bilingual Candidates
Scholarships are available for candidates who are fluent in English and in a second language, based on DOE need, in the following areas:
- Bilingual School Counseling
- Bilingual School Psychology
- Bilingual School Social Work
- Bilingual Speech and Language Pathology
More information on the program and other scholarship areas is available here. Please note that currently employed teachers or clinicians are not eligible for the scholarship program.
Searching for Vacancies as a Current NYCDOE Employee
If you are currently a NYC Department of Education employed PPS or related service provider interested in a same title transfer, you may search for full-time vacancies in our schools through the Open Market Transfer System, which is available from April through August. Directions on how to search vacancies are available at the top of the page. Once you identify a vacancy, you must follow the directions to submit an application via the Open Market. It is important to note that because of an overwhelming number of applicants, not all schools will contact you.
SLP Clinical Placements/Field Training and Practicums for Social Workers and Guidance Counselors
Since the 2017-18 school year, the NYC Department of Education – Office of Human Resources School Support has implemented a centralized system for the placement of all school counselor field training and practicum interns, social work field training interns and speech language pathologist clinical placement interns. This system will ensure that all internship (PPS student teaching) placements are aligned to agency protocols, including fingerprint clearance.
Please work with your clinical director/placement officer at your College/University if you are seeking placement in our NYCDOE schools. The clinical director/placement officer at your College/University should contact PPSClinicalPlacement@schools.nyc.gov, to get the information required of them in order to be able to assist you with the placement and clearance process