Job Search

To teach in an NYC DOE school, you must first create an account and fill out an application at

A useful resource to support you in this process is the HOW TO APPLY page of the TEACHNYC website as well as the I TEACH NYC Checklist.

As you engage in the process of search for a job in the NYC DOE, it is also important to take the time to explore the NYC DOE and UFT websites. This will provide you with important information about salary, benefits, rights of a teacher, etc. that will be important to be aware of as you talk with principals and other school representatives about working for them.


NYC DOE Teacher Hiring Support Center


Consortium schools in New York City


D75 Schools Brochure that provides prospective teachers with information about D75 schools and the population of students the district serves


Inside Schools which provides independent information about schools in NYC


NYCDOE teacher salary scale

TC's Office of Career Services’s collection of sample teaching resumes and cover letters. They also offer individual appointments.

The TeachNYC application will ask you to talk about and/or submit:


  • Academic History: You can request an official transcript from the Office of the Registrar.  These can be provided as an official electronic transcript or in hard copy.  In order to make these arrangements, you must first fill out a Transcript Request Form.

  • Professional Experience: This includes paid school experience, paid non-teaching experience, student teaching experience, and volunteer experience.  

  • Professional References: Be sure to include at least two references who can speak to  your experience working with children in the classroom.  At least one of these should be able to speak about your time as a Teaching Resident.

  • A Current Resume: Keep in mind aspects of your teacher preparation that make you stand out as an applicant. Also, have many people look at your resume prior to uploading it in order to catch any latent errors. Typos impact a principal's decision of whether or not to hire a person because carelessness on a document that is making a first impression indicates carelessness in other aspects of a person's professionalism.

  • A lesson plan: This could be your edTPA lesson plan that you already spent a lot of time refining, or another lesson plan that you like better.

  • Responses to Writing Prompts (these can be found at Teach NYC and in the Guide to Online Teacher Application):  As you approach responding to the writing prompts, keep in mind that these are used to get a sense of the quality of writing that you can produce as well as your attention to detail, so be sure that you read the prompts multiple times and that  you are responding in a way that takes into account every aspect of the prompt (including word limits and scope of response).  

  • Supporting documents that demonstrate your anticipated certification: You will not be eligible to receive a letter of good standing for the NYCDOE until the summer semester begins. If you need proof of your anticipated certification before then, you can provide a copy of your student transcript as long as it demonstrates that you have completed, or are in the process of completing your student teaching requirement and will meet graduation requirements before September 2014 (your transcript will meet these criteria). Once summer semester has begun (AND NOT BEFORE!), you will be able to request a letter of good standing. In order to request this, you will need:

    • A submitted Institutional Recommendation Data Form (IRDF) this should be submitted before you request your letter

    • Official transcripts from ALL non-TC schools (you once gave these to the admissions office, but the OTE office needs their own copies of these in order to provide your letter, so you need to request new ones)

    • Proof of completing the Child Abuse, School Violence Prevention and Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshops
  • Score reports or transcripts from any missing liberal arts requirements


Standing Out


Whether you're thinking about a job interview, demo lesson, or just trying to figure out what school might be a good fit for you, feel free to reach out to us for an individual time to consult with a TR@TC2 staff member and/or request to connect with a TR@TC alum, who is teaching in New York City. As you continue to prepare, also keep in mind some of the structures and learning experiences from TR@TC that will make you stand out:


  • Certification in TESOL or TSWD


  • Preparation in a Residency Program


  • Experience with Technology


  • Experience engaging with professional organizations


  • Membership in professional learning communities


  • Two Years of TR@TC Sponsored Induction Support

School Fit


Areas to consider when identifying your professional wants and needs:



  • Work load

  • Contribution to community and usefulness of my expertise (keeping in mind growth)

  • Instructional Responsibilities

  • Autonomy

  • Expectations

  • Access to Resources

  • Budgetary Discretion

  • Comfort with students, staff, faculty, and administration

  • Location/commute

  • Schedule

  • Instructional style preferences


School Structure

  • Community presence/voice

  • Physical space

  • Age of school

  • School culture

  • School philosophy

  • Approach to/models of curriculum and instruction

  • Resources available

  • Funding available

  • Presence of administration on a day-to-day basis

  • Language, common phrases, discourse that you see and hear in the school

  • Diversity of staff (age, experience/expertise, background, etc.)

  • Professional Development



  • Rapport

  • Cohesion, unity, ownership of space

  • Approach to learning (of students, teachers, etc.)

  • Teacher autonomy/expectations

  • Student autonomy/expectations

  • Trust between stakeholders

  • Flexibility

  • Decision Making structures


Below are the schools where TR@TC alumni are working.  This list may be helpful as you think about people who you might talk to as you seek out schools that could be a good fit for you.

  • Urban Assembly School for Technology
  • Evergreen Middle School for Urban Exploration
  • East West School for International Studies
  • Urban Assembly for Global Commerce    
  • William T Sampson Elementary School (PS 160)
  • Sunset Park High School
  • High School for Language and Innovation
  • Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies
  • East Side Community High School
  • St. Hope Leadership Academy
  • Marta Valle High School
  • Energy Tech High School
  • P.S./I.S. 188 The Island School
  • Marble Hill High School for International Studies   
  • Urban Assembly School of Music and Art
  • KAPPA International High School
  • Fordham Leadership Academy for Business and Technology
  • Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School
  • International High School at Union Square
  • Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies
  • Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women
  • Lower Manhattan Community Middle School
  • Hudson High School of Learning Technologies
  • Validus Preparatory Academy
  • North Queens Community High School
  • The Young Women's Leadership School of the Bronx
  • High School for Law, Advocacy and Social Justice
  • One World Middle School at Edenwald
  • New Visions Charter School for the Humanities
  • 176X @ Harry S Truman High School
  • Bronx Preparatory Charter School
  • PS 18 Bronx (John Peter Zanger)
  • Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy High School
  • PS/MS 206
  • Lorraine Hansberry Academy (PS 214)
  • PS 129 Twin Peaks Upper
  • West Prep Middle School
  • Brooklyn International High School
  • The Laboratory School for Technology and Finance
  • Community Health Academy of the Heights
  • Vanguard High School
  • Cobble Hill School of American Studies
  • City Knoll Middle School
  • Urban Assembly Maker Academy
  • M.S. 301 Paul Laurence Dunbar School
  • University Neighborhood Middle School