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Teacher Leader

The Qualification & Selection Process

What is the Qualification and Selection Process?

A joint DOE-UFT committee completes application reviews and interviews in order to determine the qualified pool of teacher leaders. Qualification is valid for two consecutive school years, at which point teacher leaders must requalify for the role. Teacher leaders can be staffed in any DOE school, and principals ultimately make all staffing decisions.

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for MoT or PCT qualification during the 21-22 SY, teachers must be:

  1. A current, full-time NYCDOE educator (with at least one class of record; 40% of time spent in the classroom)

  2. Tenured on or before the first day of the school year serving in the role (21-22 SY)

  3. Received an Advance overall rating of "Highly Effective," "Effective," (or "Satisfactory," if applicable) for the preceding school year (2020-21 SY)

  4. To apply for for a Master Teacher qualification, your must meet the above eligibility criteria and have served in the PCT role for at least one school year


Qualification: In order to qualify for a TL role, teachers must complete the following:

  1. Online written application on the teacher leader application portal

  2. Interview with a joint DOE-UFT panel

Selection: Each spring, principals receive details on the pool of eligible teacher leader candidates, and those qualified in their school, and are encouraged to make selections for the following school year. Note that all selection/staffing decisions are at the discretion of the principal.

Qualification Process Deck_Website and SM-A_2.26.21.pptx





For more details on the slide-deck above, feel welcome to view our recorded webinar

Questions? Contact us: teacherleadership@schools.nyc.gov