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The Hiring Process


The New York City Department of Education currently has restrictions on hiring new teachers.  According to their website:
Due to budget constraints, NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE) schools are currently restricted in making new teacher hires. At this time, schools must fill most vacancies through the internal transfer process, meaning they can only consider current NYCDOE teachers who apply to change schools or who are in excess.

There are some exceptions to the hiring restrictions. These exceptions include the following:

• First, second, and third year new schools can fill 40% of vacancies with new hires.
• All District 75/79 schools can hire new teachers and pupil personnel clinicians (guidance, social workers, and psychologists) in any subject.

• All bilingual teaching subjects except bilingual elementary/early childhood- Spanish. Teachers selected must hold a valid bilingual extension issued by the New York State Education Department.
• All sciences (general science (grades 6-8), earth science, chemistry, and physics) except biology.
• All special education teacher certifications.
• All speech and language disabilities certifications.
• Gifted & Talented (G&T) vacancies in approved Gifted & Talented programs. Teachers selected must hold a valid G&T extension issued by the New York State Education Department.
• English as a second language - elementary vacancies only.
• All bilingual pupil personnel (guidance, social workers, and psychologists) areas.
• All monolingual school psychologists.
These restrictions apply to teachers hired for the 2009-2010 school year; hiring restrictions for the 2010-2011 school year have not yet been announced.  Visit the TeachNYC website for updates.


All teacher candidates interested in positions in New York City public schools must complete the NYC DOE’s online application.
It is important that you visit the TeachNYC website to begin the online application process.  There are Application Deadline dates given on the website that change periodically.
Please know that the online application process is not something that can be completed in fifteen minutes.  You should prepare yourself in advance as much as possible so you can either download or cut and paste the following information:
•    A resume (either as an attachment or pasted text).
•    Proof of certification (your scanned certificate, or for graduating students, a scanned letter from Hunter or current transcript).
•    Names and contact information (both phone numbers and email addresses) for three professional references.
•    Two essay responses (max. 500 word each).  According to the NYC DOE, these essays are “a critical part of your application.” You will be judged in terms of both content and writing quality.  Please see attached Essay Question Examples for information about what should be included.


After it has been submitted, your online application will be reviewed by the NYC DOE’s Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality to determine whether or not you are eligible for job-search support.  Candidates who are eligible for job-search support are admitted into the New Teacher Finder, which principals can use to post open positions and to contact candidates.  Candidates may also receive invitations through the New Teacher Finder to attend job fairs or other recruitment events.
Candidates are also encouraged to contact schools directly to express their interest in available positions for the upcoming school year.  The best way to contact schools is to mail or fax your cover letter and resume.  For elementary or middle schools, you should address these items to the school’s principal.  For high schools, you should address these items to the assistant principal who oversees your subject area, if known, or to the principal.
You can visit the New York City Department of Education website to see a list of public schools in a particular borough, district, or zip code.  Each school has a school portal on the NYC Department of Education website.  The school portal contains basic information about the school, including address, grades served, and the name of the principal.  These school portals also contain links to the school’s Learning Environment Surveys, Quality Reviews, and Progress Reports.
An independent website,, is an additional source of information on New York City public schools.  InsideSchools sends reporters to conduct independent reviews of NYC public schools, and these reviews can be found on their website. 


Charter schools are publicly funded schools that are free and open to all students but operate autonomously.  New York City charter schools establish their own hiring processes are not subject to the same hiring restrictions as NYC DOE schools.
You can visit the website of the New York City Center for Charter Schools to see a list of charter schools by borough, grade level, or district, along with links to each school’s website:  Each New York City charter school also has school portal on the NYC DOE website, which includes basic information and links to the school’s Learning Environment Survey and Progress Report.
The NYC Center for Charter Schools also maintains a list of available teaching positions at charter schools:  Many New York City charter schools also post openings on the Idealist job board, located at
You are also advised to visit each school’s website for information on available positions and the hiring process.


Most private schools now have websites that include a description of the mission, atmosphere and school ratings, as well as current and projected needs for faculty and staff. 
To assist you, we have created a list private schools that is broken down by borough and Hunter College Program.  We have included only those schools with websites in this resource.  As you review the private schools, take notes on what you like about the school for your cover letter.  In some cases the school website will have other links providing further information about the school.  In most cases you will find the following information on school websites:
•    Description of school and community
•    Mission of school
•    Description of student body
•    Contact information
•    Vacancy notices
•    Special events and activities of the school

The website also maintains profiles of private schools. You can use these links to find profiles for private schools in each of the five boroughs: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island

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