This page was last updated: March 21, 2014.

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New York City Charter School Center .

Teaching Pre-K in New York City

The City of New York is seeking talented early childhood educators to lead high-quality pre-K classrooms in public school and community-based organizations across the city. Research shows that pre-K reduces income inequality and increases social mobility and long-term educational gains for children.

Efforts to expand pre-K across the City are expected to open up opportunities to teach in two different settings - public schools and community based organizations. We are seeking enthusiastic and effective early childhood educators to become classroom leaders in both settings. An ideal candidate:

  • possesses genuine joy and success in leading a classroom that reflects the unique learning, socio-emotional, developmental and language needs of four-year-old students;
  • is able to create an enriching classroom environment that fosters learning across a broad spectrum of activities and experiences; and
  • builds strong relationships with adults, actively engaging parents and caregivers, colleagues, and members of the community

For more information on our pre-K expansion initiative, click here. If you're interested in teaching pre-K in New York City, just complete our short interest form to ensure you receive all of the latest information and updates. And if you're already certified as an early childhood educator, make sure you complete our Online Teacher Application to become eligible for hire in our schools!

Online Teacher Application

As of February 10, 2014, the Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality (TRQ) has reopened the Online Teacher Application for the 2014-15 school year. All teachers interested in open positions in New York City public schools for the upcoming or current school years must complete and submit an application to be eligible for consideration.

To start an application, please return to the TeachNYC.net homepage and click the "Apply Now" button.

Hiring Needs and Guidelines

The NYCDOE hired more than 5,000 new teachers to NYC public schools for the 2013-14 school year. At the present time, public schools in NYC may hire external teachers (teachers not currently employed by the NYCDOE) in the following subject areas:

  • Special Education
  • Speech
  • English as a Second Language
  • General Science (Middle School)
  • Earth Science

This information pertains to full-time teaching positions. In addition to teachers, the NYCDOE employs a wide variety of professionals and paraprofessionals in our schools. Visit the Pupil Personnel and Substitutes tab on this site for more about these titles and how to apply.

For information about other positions, please visit the NYCDOE's Careers page.

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