Who We're Looking For

With over 1 million students in almost 1,700 schools, the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is looking for bright, motivated, and dedicated teachers who are prepared to be inspiring leaders for the children in their classroom and raise achievement for every student.

Accomplished Applicants

While there’s no single type of teacher who fits this description, the application process is highly competitive. Teachers who are great communicators, understand the importance of flexibility and persistence, and constantly seek opportunities for professional growth have the best chance at securing a position in one of our schools. We generally receive at least six applications for every open position.

Current 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, district public schools in NYC may 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 check back frequently for updates.

Please note that all interested teachers are required to complete an Online Teacher Application to be eligible for these and other opportunities that may arise throughout the school year.

High-Need Schools

In addition to specific subject areas, we’re looking for teachers willing to work in our high-need schools. These schools are often some of New York City's most successful schools, but face diverse challenges in helping their students achieve academic progress. High need schools often have high percentages of students with special needs, including English language learners (ELLs) and special education students. Schools in low income neighborhoods, including central Brooklyn and the Bronx, are also often classified as high-need because of their difficulties in attracting large numbers of applicants.

The NYCDOE offers financial incentives to teachers in high-need schools, including the opportunity for performance bonuses and grants, in order to attract the best teachers.