Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Opportunities in New York City

Are you ready to spark wonder and ignite learning for New York City's youngest learners?

Apply now to have an opportunity to attend the last pre-K hiring event of the season in early August. This is a great opportunity for candidates to meet NYCEEC hiring managers and receive interview requests on the spot! Don't miss this great event to secure a pre-K position for the 2016-17 school year! 


August Update: Connect with us through our webinar series!

We will host a series of webinars on how to apply and find the right pre-K position for you. Our last webinar in the series will focus on resume tips and ways to ensure that your resume is getting noticed.   

Register here for this great opportunity!

Early childhood educators are putting their talents to work in public schools and NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs) across the city. More than 65,000 children now have access to high-quality pre-K thanks to dedicated educators across New York City.

As we head into the third year of Mayor Bill De Blasio's historic Pre-K for All initiative, we are seeking enthusiastic and effective teachers to staff our pre-K classrooms for the 2016-2017 school year. New York City is committed to ensuring that every four-year-old has access to high-quality, full-day pre-k, and this would not be possible without great teachers.

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  

Teaching in NYC

The 2016-17 school year marks the final phase of significant expansion in pre-K student enrollment in New York City. 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 2016

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, click on the button below to apply through the NYC Department of Education for all Pre-K For All opportunities!

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.