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Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Opportunities in New York City

July Update: The application is open for teachers on track for certification as well as for those seeking certification. All teacher candidates should apply as soon as possible in order to be invited to upcoming hiring events.  


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Join us for an online information session!

Learn about our year two expansion of the Mayor’s historic Pre-K for All initiative, the opportunities available in pre-K classrooms for the 2015 – 2016 school year, and hear firsthand from an early childhood educator about why now is the time to teach pre-K in New York City. Click below for more information and to register to attend.

Dates:

  • Thursday, July 9th, 2015 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm EDT
  • Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm EDT

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    Early childhood educators are putting their talents to work in public schools and NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs) across the city. During the 2014-15 school year, New York City successfully enrolled 53,230 children in high-quality, full-day pre-kindergarten


    As we head into year two of the historic Pre-K for All expansion, we are seeking enthusiastic and effective teachers to staff all new pre-k classrooms for the 2015-2016 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.

    Pre-K:

    • 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  

    For more information on Pre-K for All, visit the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Early Childhood Education.

    Teaching in NYC

    The 2015-16 school year will mark the second 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 1,000 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) but interested teachers applying through the online teacher application have the opportunity to make their information available to all hiring NYCEEC 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 600 district public elementary schools 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


    Certified Teachers

    Not Yet Certified?

    You can teach pre-K at a New York City public school if you hold (or will hold by September 1, 2015) 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)
    Certified teachers can also teach pre-K at New York City Early Education Centers (NYCEECs).

    If you are a certified teacher, whether you wish to apply to public schools, NYCEECs, or both, click on the button below to apply.

    If you are not yet certified (and will not be certified by September 1, 2015), you can apply to teach pre-K at a New York City Early Education Center (NYCEEC) as a Lead Teacher or Assistant Teacher. To qualify as a Lead Teacher, 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.
    For more information about becoming a New York State certified teacher, visit the New York State Office of Teaching Initiatives.




    **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. To be considered and hired by the NYCDOE you must submit an application through TeachNYC.net.