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Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Opportunities in New York City

September update

Thank you for your interest in teaching in a New York City Pre-K for All classroom! We are not currently accepting study plan applications. The revised application will launch in April of 2017. 

In the meantime, check out these opportunities…

Complete the Pre-K Teacher Interest Form if you are interested in:

  • Mid-year teaching position for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year
  • A teaching position for the 2017-18 school year
Express Interest

Sign up for the Teach NYC! Conference to discover the pathways to a career in teaching. We encourage everyone considering a career in the classroom to attend, including:

  • Professionals exploring new careers
  • Undergraduate and graduate students in majors other than education
  • NYC DOE paraprofessionals and substitute teachers interested in full-time teaching
  • Educational setting support staff or volunteer
  • Educators from across the metro and tri-state area
Sign Up

Consider applying to an alternative preparation program to earn your teaching license. Check out the NYC Teaching Fellows site and apply today!

Learn More

As always, you may reach the Pre-K Teacher Recruitment team by email at teachnycprek@schools.nyc.gov or by telephone at 718-935-4627.

Pre-K Info Series!

The Pre-K Recruitment and Staffing team is excited to provide you with our summer webinar series! Check out the recorded webinars below to learn more about New York City’s Pre-K for All initiative, as well as the application and hiring process. 

Why Pre-K for All & Interview with the Division of Early Childhood CEO Sophia Pappas

Resume Writing Tips & Tricks 

Navigating the New Teacher Finder & the Early Childhood Teacher Finder

Mastering the Interviews and Model Lessons

All about Certification

Why Pre-K for All?

There is a broad consensus that high-quality, full-day pre-K helps children succeed in school and in life. Research shows that pre-K reduces income inequality and increases social mobility and long-term educational gains for children.

Every student in New York City deserves an opportunity to have the foundation of skills, knowledge, and approaches to learning needed to be ready for school and ultimately, college and careers.


  • Helps develop critical vocabulary, oral language, and problem-solving skills 
  • Establishes strong partnerships with families from the beginning 
  • Raises academic success across all income and racial groups  

For more information on Pre-K for All, visit the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Early Childhood Education.

Teaching in NYC

We are seeking enthusiastic and effective early childhood educators to become classroom leaders in communities across all five boroughs.

You can teach pre-K if you hold (or are on track to hold) one of the following New York State teaching certificates:

  • Early Childhood (Birth - Grade 2);
  • Nursery, Kindergarten and Grades 1-6 (N-6);
  • Prekindergarten - Grade 6 (P-6); or
  • Students with Disabilities (Birth - Grade 2)

An ideal candidate:

  • Possesses genuine joy in leading a classroom that builds on how young children learn and supports children in developing a wide range of language, early literacy and math, social-emotional, and physical skills;
  • Is able to create an enriching classroom environment that fosters learning using a broad spectrum of activities and experiences; and
  • Builds strong relationships with adults, actively engaging parents and caregivers from diverse backgrounds, colleagues, and members of the community.

The Department of Education is committed to increasing educational opportunities and improving outcomes for students with disabilities. There is a particular need for teachers who hold NY state certification in Students with Disabilities (Birth – 2).

Additionally, there is a particular need for teachers who are fluent in one of the languages New York City's children speak at home - especially Spanish, as well as Mandarin Chinese, Haitian-Creole, French, Urdu, Bengali, Russian, Korean, and Arabic.

For more information on pursuing your New York State teaching certification, please visit the New York State Department of Education’s Office of Teaching Initiatives.

Pre-K for All Settings in NYC

Each of New York City’s pre-K teachers works in one of two settings:

New York City Early Education Centers

NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs) are independent organizations that contract with New York City to provide free pre-K programs to four-year olds. The over 1,200 sites offer diverse options for families across all five boroughs. NYCEECs may range in size from having a single pre-K class to many classes across multiple sites. Each NYCEEC employs its own teachers (they are not employees of the City of New York), and interested teachers applying through the online teacher application have the opportunity to make their information available to all NYCEEC hiring directors.

To find out which NYCEECs offer Pre-K for All near you, click here to view all programs in each borough.

Pre-K Programs at New York City Public Schools

Pre-K programs are offered at more than 700 district public elementary schools and Pre-K centers across the City. These classes are fully integrated into their school community and operate similarly to other grades in the building. Pre-K teachers in the public schools must have New York State teaching certification in early childhood and are employees of the City of New York / Department of Education (DOE).

To find out which public schools offer Pre-K for All near you, click here to view all programs in each borough.


How to Become a Pre-K Teacher in New York City

I am certified or will be certified by September 2017

I am a study plan candidate

You can be a lead teacher for all New York City Pre-K For All settings (district programs, Pre-K Centers, and NYCEECs) if you hold one of the following New York State teaching certificates:

  • Early Childhood (Birth - Grade 2);
  • Nursery, Kindergarten and Grades 1-6;
  • Prekindergarten - Grade 6 certification; or
  • Students with Disabilities (Birth - Grade 2)

If you are a certified teacher candidate, apply through the NYC Department of Education for all Pre-K For All opportunities starting in mid-November, 2016.

Depending on your education level, you may serve as a lead teacher and/or assistant teacher at a New York City Early Education Center (NYCEEC).

To qualify as a study plan candidate for a Lead Teacher position, you must:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree; and
  2. Upon hire, develop a study plan that within three years will lead to teacher certification.
To qualify as an assistant teacher candidate, you must have completed high school or have a GED equivalent.

 **Note: NYCEECs are independent organizations and employers. This website is providing interested candidates with the opportunity to make their information available to NYCEECs providing Pre-K For All programs. Completion of an application is not a requirement to be considered or hired by a NYCEEC and is not the only means to contact individual NYCEECs.