Principal Candidate Pool FAQ


Who can apply? What are the minimum qualifications and/or criteria for entrance?

Anyone with a NY State school leader certification (e.g., SAS, SBL, or SDA) is eligible to be a Principal Candidate Pool member. Eligible applicants must complete the Principal Candidate Pool assessment process in order to become a member.

Who must apply?

Anyone who is not currently a NYCDOE principal and wants to become a NYCDOE principal must apply to complete the Principal Candidate Pool assessment process in order to be eligible to apply for individual principal vacancies.

I used to be a DOE principal and then changed jobs or left the system. If I want to be a principal again, do I have to apply to the Pool?

Yes, if you were not a sitting principal on or after February 1, 2008 you must apply to the Principal Candidate Pool.

I am a current DOE principal and want to change schools. Do I have to apply to the Pool?

No. All currently appointed principals have all been placed in the Pool.

Does everyone go through the same application process?

Yes, every applicant to the Pool goes through all steps of the application and screening process.


What does the application process entail?

The application requires completing and submitting the School Leader Candidate Profile.

Please note: You must submit the application and receive an application confirmation email from to be eligible to register for the Principal Candidate Pool series.

What happens after I apply?

Once an application is received, candidates are invited to register for an assessment series via email. Invitation is based on the queue of applicants and the capacity of upcoming series. Upon successful registration for a series, candidates receive confirmation with next steps via email.

What can I do to prepare?

First, consider whether you feel ready to become a principal now. Do not apply to the Pool until you feel ready to take on a principal role. Review the DOE website to understand how DOE principals are held accountable for student outcomes. Also increase your understanding of how to use the full range of accountability data and tools to drive dramatic student achievement gains.

Is there a Pool application fee?

No, there is no fee to apply to the Principal Candidate Pool.

How do I apply?

You can find the online application by visiting the School Leader Candidate Profile Portal.

Please note: For any technical issues regarding the application please contact

Where can I find more information about becoming an NYC DOE principal?

Visit our Becoming a Principal page .

Principal Candidate Pool Screening Process

What is involved in the screening process?

The Principal Candidate Pool screening process involves participation in an assessment series. The redesigned PCP process ensures that screening activities reflect the current role of principals in NYC. Series are aligned with the expectations for Instructional Program and School Culture and Equity Leadership which includes:

  • In-person professional development sessions that give candidates opportunities to demonstrate individual thinking and skills, AND
  • Time-bound online assessments based on leadership expectations

How can I attend a Principal Candidate Pool series?

You must be invited to register for a Principal Candidate Pool series.

All scheduling is done via email invitation. Invitation is based on the queue of applicants and the capacity of upcoming series.

Applicants typically receive registration invitations at least 7 days in advance of the series. Candidates must register using the link in the invitation email by the deadline provided.

Please note: You must complete the registration by the deadline and receive the registration confirmation email from in order to attend the series.

Where are the series held?

All series are held at NYCDOE locations throughout the five boroughs. Series locations are provided in the registration email.

How long are the PD sessions?

Series will take place either on two 3 hour weekday evenings or one 6 hour Saturday session.

What if I need to reschedule after I registered?

Candidates must respond within 48 hours of receiving an invitation to a series if there are issues with attending the selected series dates.

Inform the Principal Candidate Pool via email immediately if you need to reschedule. You will be rescheduled based on availability.

What happens if I do not show up for my scheduled in-person evaluation session?

We realize that emergencies come up. Our goal is to accommodate all of the participants and avoid unnecessary delays in the assessment process. When you register for a series you are making a professional commitment to attend.

If you do not show up for your scheduled series without contacting the Principal Candidate Pool at least an hour prior to the series, you will not be rescheduled for at least 90 days from the date of the missed series.

Screening Process and Next Steps

What will I receive once I complete the Principal Candidate Pool Screening Process?

Candidates will receive a Candidate Profile Report that includes multi-dimensional feedback from their scored and unscored online assessments including the DiSC Work of Leaders Profile assessment. Reports are typically published within 6-8 weeks after completion of a series.

Please note: Candidates must complete all online assessments for a report to be generated.

How do I know if I am in the Principal Candidate Pool?

Once your report is published and your state certification is verified you will be placed in the Pool, regardless of assessment results.

Please note: You will be notified via email if there are issues with your certification or application. You will not be placed in the Pool until issues are resolved.

What if I am unsatisfied with my assessment results?

Review the Principal Candidate Pool policies regarding retake and appeal.

What are my next steps?

Once you are placed in the Pool, you will be able to view and apply for principal vacancies in the Teacher Support Network portal (TSN).

Who do I contact if I have questions about the Principal Candidate Pool Screening Process?

Please note: We do not field inquiries about job openings. Please do not forward resumes or letters of interests to our office.

For any other questions relating to the Principal Candidate pool Screening Process, please contact:

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