Pre-K Teaching Opportunities

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Apply to Teach

Aspiring 3-K for All and Pre-K for All teachers must apply through one of the DOE Teacher application systems. Please select the application that best matches your background and qualifications.

I am a NY State-certified teacher (or will be certified by September 1, 2019)

  • If you currently hold, or are on track to possessing, a New York State teacher certification, you should apply through the Certified Teacher Application when it opens in the next few months. Learn more at: teachnyc.net.

I am certified to teach in another state

If you possess an out-of-state teaching certificate that is approved for out-of-state applicants, you should:

  • Follow the steps to apply for certification through the NY State Education Department; and
  • Learn more at teachnyc.net about applying as a certified teacher candidate.
  • All applicants should indicate their interest in 3-K for All and Pre-K for All in Step 3 of the application and remain open to teaching at NYCEECs.
  • See a list of Acceptable Certificates from States other than New York.

I am not yet certified

  • The application for not-yet-certified teachers is currently closed. If you are interested in mid-year teaching opportunities in our community-based early childhood programs, known as NYC Early Education Centers, please complete the Express Interest form.

I am a NY State-certified Assistant Teacher (Level I or higher)

  • The application for not-yet-certified teachers is currently closed. If you are interested in mid-year teaching opportunities in our community-based early childhood programs, known as NYC Early Education Centers, please complete the Express Interest form.
  • For information on how to apply to Assistant Teacher positions in District schools, please visit our Paraprofessionals career page.

I am certified or obtained my degree in another country

  • Please go to the NY State Higher Education website to learn more about documents and eligibility requirements to teach in NY State with a non-US degree.
  • You may also have to go through the process to have your international credits evaluated by the World Education Services
  • You may be eligible to be a Study Plan Lead Teacher in a NYC Early Education Center (NYCEEC). See the Teaching Opportunities and Requirements section further down this page. 

I am a current DOE teacher but want to apply to teach 3-K or Pre-K

  • If you are interested in applying for pre-K positions in NYC District Schools or Pre-K Centers, you may log in to the Open Market Transfer system and search for open positions at the 3-K and pre-K level.
  • If you are interested in applying for pre-K positions at a NYCEEC, please contact our office directly to discuss your next steps and to learn of opportunities available near you. You may reach us at teachnycprek@schools.nyc.gov.

All About 3-K for All and Pre-K for All

New York City is leading the nation in making early childhood education accessible for all.

During the 2017–2018 school year, New York City successfully enrolled nearly 70,000 children in free, full-day, high-quality, pre-K. Building on the success of Pre-K for All, the NYC Department of Education (DOE) launched 3-K for All, enrolling over 1,500 three-year-olds in free, full-day, high-quality, classrooms in School Districts 7 (South Bronx) and 23 (Brownsville).

These historic achievements are made possible by our city’s committed, passionate early childhood teachers.

The research is clear: high-quality early childhood education helps children build the strong foundation of skills, knowledge, and approaches to learning necessary to succeed in school and life. Through 3-K for All and Pre-K for All, we have made a commitment to give every child in NYC—in every community, neighborhood and district—the same opportunity to become a strong student and enthusiastic learner.

Research shows that two years of early childhood education:

  • Helps develop critical vocabulary, oral language, and problem-solving skills
  • Establishes strong partnerships with families
  • Raises academic success across all income and racial groups

Great teachers are at the core of these historic achievements. 3-K for All and Pre-K for All teachers design dynamic classrooms that captivate our youngest learners and instill the foundation they need to flourish in kindergarten and beyond. Through their commitment, caring and creativity, they spark wonder and ignite learning in New York City’s children.

We are seeking enthusiastic and effective teachers to staff 3-K for All and Pre-K for All classrooms now for the 2017–2018 school year.

Pre-K for All

In January 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio transformed Early Childhood Education in New York City with his commitment to implement universal pre-kindergarten, which means providing access to free, full-day, high-quality pre-kindergarten to every four-year-old, regardless of family income. At that time, approximately 20,000 students were enrolled in full-day pre-K in the city. Today the city offers free, full-day pre-K to nearly 70,000 four-year-olds.

Within three years, the historic initiative more than tripled the number of four-year-olds enrolled in Pre-K. Today, every four-year-old in New York City is guaranteed a seat in a free, full-day, high-quality, Pre-K for All program.

3-K for All

In 2017, the DOE furthered its commitment to high-quality early care and education with the launch of 3-K for All. It is the most ambitious effort in U.S. history to give every three-year-old in New York City the same high-quality education for free. The path to 3-K for All started in School Districts 7 (South Bronx) and 23 (Brooklyn). The DOE will continue the expansion, adding additional school districts every year through the fall of 2020.

We are seeking enthusiastic and effective teachers to staff 3-K for All and Pre-K for All classrooms now for mid-year positions, as well as for the 2017-18 school year.

Requirements

As part of the historic 3-K for All and Pre-K for All initiatives, we have diverse employment opportunities for aspiring teachers of different backgrounds with various levels of certification and experience.

  • Lead Teacher (certified)
  • Study Plan Lead Teacher (not-yet-certified)
  • Assistant Teachers (certified)
  • Teacher’s Aide (not certified)
  • Education Directors (certified)

Lead Teacher (Certified)

If you are certified in New York State early childhood education, you can teach in all three 3-K for All and Pre-K for All settings: District Schools, Pre-K Centers, or New York City Early Education Centers (NYCEECs).

To qualify, you must possess (or be on track to hold by September 1, 2018) one of the following  NY 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)

Study Plan Lead Teacher (Not-Yet-Certified) – Pre-K For All Classrooms

If you are not-yet-certified to teach in NY State with one of the above certifications (and will not be certified by September 1, 2018) you can join 3-K for All and Pre-K for All as a Lead Teacher at a NYC Early Education Center (NYCEEC).

To qualify, you must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood or a related field; and
  • Have completed some early childhood education coursework; OR have significant experience working in early childhood education (with children under 6); and
  • Commit to obtain a New York State Early Childhood teacher certification within three years of employment.
  • For more information on becoming a New York State certified teacher, visit the New York State Office of Teaching Initiatives

Study Plan Lead Teacher (Not-Yet-Certified) – 3-K for All Classrooms

If you are not-yet-certified to teach in NY State with one of the above certifications - and will not be certified by September 1, 2018 - you can join 3-K for All and Pre-K for All as a Lead Teacher at a NYC Early Education Center (NYCEEC).

To qualify, you must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood or a related field; or
  • Hold an Associate’s degree with a commitment to obtain NY State Early Childhood teacher certification within seven years of employment.

Assistant Teacher (Certified)

To qualify to be an Assistant Teacher in a 3-K or pre-K classroom at a NYC Early Education Center (NYCEEC), you must:

  • Be at least eighteen years old; and
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent (GED); and
  • Hold a valid Level 1 or higher NY State Teaching Assistant certification

For more information on Assistant Teacher (paraprofessional) positions in District Schools, please visit the pages below.

More information on obtaining an Assistant Teacher certificate may be found at the  NY State Education Department’s Teaching Assistant website. 

Teacher’s Aide (Not Certified)

To qualify to be a Teacher’s Aide in a 3-K or pre-K classroom in a NYC Early Education Center (NYCEEC), you must:

  • Be at least eighteen years old; and
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).

Education Director (Certified)

If you are an experienced early childhood educator looking for a leadership position, you can work as an Education Director at a NYC Early Education Center (NYCEECs).

To qualify, you must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field of study; and
  • Hold a teaching license or certificate valid for services in the early childhood or childhood grades as pursuant to New York State Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) regulations; and
  • Have 2+ years of Lead Teacher experience in a program for children less than six years of age. *only required by Child Care (Article 47) Providers

We are seeking enthusiastic and effective teachers to staff 3-K for All and Pre-K for All classrooms now for mid-year positions, as well as for the 2017-18 school year.

Whether you are new to the early childhood profession or a veteran educator, we invite you to join 3-K for All and Pre-K for All .

Where to Teach

Pre-K for All teachers work in District Pre-K Programs, Pre-K Centers, or NYC Early Childhood Centers across New York City. These settings are described below.

District Pre-K Programs

There are 1,800 pre-K programs meeting the needs of families in every community in New York City. Explore the interactive Pre-K and 3-K Finder Maps to find early childhood opportunities near you.

  • District School programs are offered at approximately 600 public elementary schools across the City. These classes are fully integrated into their school community and operate similarly to other grades in the building.
  • Scale: over 600 public elementary schools across New York City.
  • Qualification requirements: all District School 3-K and pre-K program teachers must have NYS teaching certification in early childhood education.
  • Hiring Information
    • Employer: DOE | Salary & Benefits: DOE employee
    • Available positions posted: New Teacher Finder
  • Pre-K Centers

    • Pre-K Centers are district-operated programs that serve only early childhood students and are staffed by DOE personnel. Pre-K Centers are located either in new buildings that are designed specifically to serve early childhood classes, or existing district school buildings where space will meet the needs of each 3-K and pre-K class.
    • Scale: 70 Pre-K Centers across New York City.
    • Qualification requirements: all Pre-K Center program teachers must have New York State teaching certification in early childhood education.
    • Hiring Profile
      • Employer: DOE | Salary and Benefits: provided by DOE
      • Available positions posted: New Teacher Finder

    New York City Early Childhood Centers

    New York City Early Education Centers (NYCEECs) are independent, community-based organizations that partner with the NYC Department of Education to provide free, full-day, high-quality early childhood education.

    NYCEECs are run by non-profits, community-based organizations, nursery schools, charter schools, day care centers, faith-based organizations. As Pre-K for All and 3-K for All providers, NYCEECs are held to the same expectations as District Schools. NYCEEC teachers receive the same professional development and support from the DOE Division of Early Childhood Education as DOE teachers.

    Benefits of Teaching Pre-K in a NYCEEC

    Teaching pre-K in a NYCEEC is a wonderful opportunity to gain vital experience, become an expert at classroom management, and build upon your existing skills as an early childhood educator. For the past three years, the large majority of pre-K teacher hires occurred in NYCEEC settings. By expressing interest in NYCEEC positions on your application, you will vastly increase the likelihood of finding a pre-K teaching position.

    • Embedded in their community. Teachers have the opportunity to develop close relationships with families and enrich the curriculum through community ties.
    • Flexibility and mission-driven programming. They have a strong early childhood focus, tailoring their services to our youngest learners.
    • Typically small, close knit environment affords teachers an opportunity to collaborate, brainstorm, learn and grown as a team.
    • Opportunities for professional development and leadership.
    • Variety of NYCEECs, allowing candidates to tailor the job search to find the right fit.

    Interested teachers applying through the New Teacher Finder have the opportunity to make their information available to NYCEEC hiring managers in Step 3 by selecting “Yes” to “Would you like your application made available to NYCEEC hiring managers looking for early childhood educators?”

    • Number: There are over 1,150 NYCEECs across New York City.
    • Qualification requirements: there are diverse employment opportunities within NYCEECs for both certified and not-yet-certified teacher candidates.
    • Hiring Information
      • Employer: each NYCEEC employs its own teachers; not the DOE. | Salary & Benefits: independently provided by NYCEEC, varies based on organization. Not DOE employees.
      • Available positions posted: New Teacher Finder (certified candidates) or Early Childhood Teacher Finder (not-yet-certified candidates)

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