Why Teach?

Think about your favorite teacher — the one who helped you discover your passion for science, your love of reading or that art is your true calling. If you enjoy working with kids and being a leader — and want to inspire and make a difference, teaching might be a great fit for you.  

Make a Difference

For many, teaching is not just a job; it’s a calling. Ask any teacher and they’ll tell you one of the best things about their job is the positive impact they have on their students — and their community. From helping a student get that ‘light bulb’ moment to supporting a child through a difficult time, you have the power to transform lives. 

New York needs teachers and future students need you.

With more than one-third of educators nearing retirement, New York will need more than 180,000 new teachers in the next decade. After several years of declining enrollment in teacher preparation programs, the teacher shortage is already hitting selected specialties and geographic areas. 

Enjoy benefits and balance

A job in education offers among the best benefits and provides a much sought-after work-life balance.

Enjoy financial security, a schedule that promotes work-life balance, and the support of a professional union.

Competitive Compensation

New York teachers have some of the highest salaries and most generous pensions in the country.

Retirement Pensions

Through the New York State Teachers' Retirement System or the New York City Teachers’ Retirement System

Academic Calendar

Allows you to provide for your family and achieve a positive work-life balance.

How to Become a Teacher In New York State

Ready to get started? Whether you're a student looking to get into a rewarding career in teaching, or you are a professional looking to switch careers, we can help guide you through the process.

Why Teach? - Testimonials


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