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.
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, public schools in NYC may hire external teachers (teachers not currently employed by the NYCDOE) in the following subject areas:
- Special Education
- English as a Second Language
- General Science (Middle School)
- Earth Science
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. With the 2013-14 school year underway, our priority application deadlines for new applicants have all passed. However, if you have been in contact with a school that is interested in hiring you, you may still access and complete the application at this time.
Hiring needs may shift at a moment's notice, so we suggest that applicants check back frequently for updates.
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.
Our high need schools also include school organizations, home and hospital instruction, and vision and hearing services that make up District 75. District 75 provides citywide educational, vocational, and behavior support programs for students who are on the autism spectrum, severely emotionally challenged, and/or multiply disabled. These schools need dedicated and skilled special educators, as well as teachers certified in other subject areas, to work with their students.
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.