Applying and Getting Hired

Welcome. We’re glad that you’re interested in becoming a New York City public school teacher. Our 77,000 professionals work every day to enrich the lives of over 1 million public school children throughout the city, but they didn’t get there overnight. The New York City teacher recruiting and hiring process is one of the most rigorous in the country, and ensures that we have great teachers in our classrooms year in, year out.

Current Hiring Needs and Guidelines

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) hired more than 5,000 new teachers into the city's public schools for the 2014-15 school year. During the 2014-15 hiring season, district public schools in NYC were permitted to hire external teachers (teachers not currently employed by the NYCDOE) in the following subject areas:

  • Early Childhood
  • Childhood/Common Branches
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Middle School Generalist
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education
  • Speech
  • Bilingual (all of the above licenses)
  • English as a Second Language
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Arts licenses including visual arts, music, theater and dance
  • Library
  • Most foreign languages including Spanish, Chinese, Latin and French
  • Other subjects may be hired on a case by case basis only

Hiring needs and restrictions may shift, so interested applicants should make sure to check back frequently for updates during hiring season (May - September).

Step 1: Research and Prepare

Before diving into the application, conduct research to make sure you are a good fit for NYC’s public schools, you have the materials and certifications required to teach, and you are ready to complete our comprehensive application. As part of the application, you will provide your resume and written responses so that we get an accurate picture of your potential for teaching.

Step 2: Apply

Once you’re ready, begin working on your application. Be thoughtful in your responses and essays, and know that every application we receive is reviewed by a NYCDOE staff member who rates the quality and then makes recommendations to school principals.

Step 3: Use the New Teacher Finder

If your application meets our quality screen, you will be admitted into the New Teacher Finder database. The New Teacher Finder serves not only as a database of eligible teachers for principals to consider for openings, but also as a portal of resources that applicants can use to make themselves more marketable and prepared for teaching in New York City public schools.

Step 4: Find a School-Based Position

Our office helps make hiring recommendations, but job interviews and hiring decisions are made individually by each of our almost 1,700 school principals. Once your application is complete, it’s time to begin your job search. We offer online tools, recruiting fairs, and other forms of support to help New Teacher Finder members connect with the principals who will hire them. However, ultimately the success of your search depends on you.

Step 5: After You’re Hired

Even once a principal decides to hire you, there’s still work to be done. You will need to ensure that you have a valid teaching certificate from the New York State Education Department, get fingerprinted and undergo a background check. You may also need to provide additional information to calculate your salary. We also recommend that you take advantage of new teacher orientation and development sessions that will be offered to you.

We have prepared a Guide for Career Service Centers to help the college and university staff who support new applicants in becoming professional teachers and conducting a successful job searches.