Aspiring Teachers

The NYC Department of Education (DOE) welcomes all aspiring teachers to learn more about the various pathways to becoming a teacher in one of our 1,800 public schools or early childhood education centers across the City.

Whether you are a certified teacher looking for an immediate full-time opportunity, or uncertified but committed to becoming a teacher, we have a career pathway that is right for you. Visit to learn more about teaching in a NYC public school.

Pathways and Opportunities for Certified* Aspiring Teachers

*Certification granted on or before September 1, 2019.

Pathways and Opportunities for Uncertified Aspiring Teachers

Not Certified? There are a number of pathways for you to follow:

New York City Teaching Fellows

One of the country’s largest and most recognized urban alternative certification programs, New York City Teaching Fellows prepares career-changers and recent college graduates to teach subjects in high demand. More than one-fifth of the city’s math, science and special education teachers are New York City Teaching Fellows.

New York City Teaching Collaborative

The New York City Teaching Collaborative prepares talented, committed individuals from diverse backgrounds to teach in high-need schools. Partner Teachers begin residency-style training in January, working alongside experienced mentor teachers and receiving intensive coaching for four months before teaching in the fall.

NYC Early Education Centers

NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs) are community-based, independent organizations that contract with the DOE to provide free, full day, high-quality early childhood programs. Aspiring teachers can begin their career as a teacher or study plan candidate in a NYCEEC. ;For more information, please visit Where to Teach: 3-K and Pre-K for All.

Village Pathway Programs

Our Village Pathways Program is a way to gain more experience in a school setting before (or while) applying for an alternative or traditional pathway.