New York State Department of Civil Service Announces Examinations Open to All Qualified Individuals


Applications Accepted
Tests To Be Held


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Fee
20-740 Teacher-Art * * $0
20-741 Teacher-Art (Spanish Language) * *
20-742 Teacher-Blind and Partially Sighted * * $0
20-743 Teacher-Blind and Partially Sighted (Spanish Language) * *
20-744 Teacher-Business and Distributive Education * * $0
20-745 Teacher-Business and Distributive Education (Spanish Language) * *
20-746 Teacher-Deaf and Hearing Impaired * * $0
20-747 Teacher-Deaf and Hearing Impaired (Spanish Language) * *
20-748 Teacher-Elementary School Subjects * * $0
20-749 Teacher-Elementary School Subjects (Spanish Language) * *
20-750 Teacher-English * * $0
20-751 Teacher-English (Spanish Language) * *
20-752 Teacher-Home Economics * * $0
20-753 Teacher-Home Economics (Spanish Language) * *
20-754 Teacher-Industrial Arts * * $0
20-755 Teacher-Industrial Arts (Spanish Language) * *
20-756 Teacher-Mathematics * * $0
20-757 Teacher-Mathematics (Spanish Language) * *
20-758 Teacher-Music * * $0
20-759 Teacher-Music (Spanish Language) * *
20-760 Teacher-Physical Education * * $0
20-761 Teacher-Physical Education (Spanish Language) * *
20-762 Teacher-Reading * * $0
20-763 Teacher-Reading (Spanish Language) * *
20-764 Teacher-Science * * $0
20-765 Teacher-Science (Spanish Language) * *
20-766 Teacher-School Media Specialist--DFY only * * $0
20-767 Teacher-School Media Specialist (Spanish Language)--DFY only * *
20-768 Teacher-Social Studies * * $0
20-769 Teacher-Social Studies (Spanish Language) * *
20-770 Teacher-Spanish Grades 7-12 * * $0
20-771 Teacher-Special Education * * $0
20-772 Teacher-Special Education (Spanish Language) * *
20-773 Teacher-Speech and Hearing Handicapped * * $0
20-774 Teacher-Speech and Hearing Handicapped (Spanish Language) * *


Title Salary Grade Beginning Salary
Teacher 2 G-13 $38,934
Teacher 3 G-15 $43,500
Teacher 4 G-17 $48,518

Specialties and Examination Numbers: Listed below are the Teaching specialties currently being offered. When applying, make sure you specify both the examination number and corresponding teaching specialty. Listed underneath certain specialties are additional certificate titles that would qualify someone possessing that certificate to apply for that specialty. These titles would apply to the corresponding Spanish Language examinations although they are not repeated below those specialties.


20-740 Art
Visual Arts (All Grades)
20-741 Art (Spanish Language)
20-742 Blind and Partially Sighted
Blind and Visually Impaired (All Grades)
20-743 Blind and Partially Sighted (Spanish Language)
20-744 Business and Distributive Education
Business and Marketing (All Grades)
20-745 Business and Distributive Education (Spanish Language)
20-746 Deaf and Hearing Impaired
Deaf and Hard of Hearing (All Grades)
20-747 Deaf and Hearing Impaired (Spanish Language)
20-748 Elementary School Subjects
Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2)
Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
Generalist in Middle Childhood Education
(Grades 5-9)
20-749 Elementary School Subjects (Spanish Language)
20-750 English
English Language Arts (Grades 5-9), (Grades 7-12)
20-751 English (Spanish Language)
20-752 Home Economics
Family and Consumer Sciences (All Grades)
20-753 Home Economics (Spanish Language)
20-754 Industrial Arts
Technology Education (All Grades)
20-755 Industrial Arts (Spanish Language)
20-756 Mathematics (Grades 5-9), (Grades 7-12)
20-757 Mathematics (Spanish Language)
20-758 Music
(All Grades)
20-759 Music (Spanish Language)
20-760 Physical Education (All Grades)
20-761 Physical Education (Spanish Language)
20-762 Reading
Literacy (Birth-Grade 6), (Grades 5-12)
20-763 Reading (Spanish Language)
20-764 Science
Biology (Grades 5-9), (Grades 7-12)
Chemistry (Grades 5-9), (Grades 7-12)
Earth Science (Grades 5-9), (Grades 7-12)
Physics (Grades 5-9), (Grades 7-12)
20-765 Science (Spanish Language)
20-766 School Media Specialist – OCFS Only
Library Media Specialist (All Grades)
20-767 School Media Specialist (Spanish Language) – OCFS Only
20-768 Social Studies (Grades 5-9), (Grades 7-12)
20-769 Social Studies (Spanish Language)
20-770 Spanish, Grades 7-12
Language Other Than English (Spanish),
(Grades 5-9), (Grades 7-12)
20-771 Special Education
Students with Disabilities
20-772 Special Education (Spanish Language)
20-773 Speech and Hearing Handicapped
Speech and Language Disabilities
(All Grades)
20-774 Speech and Hearing Handicapped (Spanish Language)


Salaries are paid on a ten-month basis. If you work during the other two months, you will receive additional compensation.

Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before the date of filing your application, you must have permanent/professional or provisional/initial/conditional initial New York State certification in each specialty for which you apply; e.g., Art, English, or Special Education.

Requirements For Appointment At Each Level:

For Teacher 2: New York State provisional/initial/conditional initial certification in the appropriate specialty;
For Teacher 3: New York State permanent/professional certification in the appropriate specialty;
For Teacher 4: New York State permanent/professional certification in the appropriate specialty and two years of post-certification (conditional initial/provisional/initial or permanent/professional) teaching experience in that same specialty.

Requirements For Continued Employment: Possession of a permanent/professional or provisional/ initial/conditional initial New York State certificate in the appropriate specialty is necessary for continued employment. Loss of certification will result in termination of employment.


  1. If you are considered for appointment to a Spanish Language position, you must demonstrate proficiency in the Spanish Language. Proficiency must be at a level which will allow you to perform the duties of the position properly.
  2. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  3. Applicants should clearly indicate the number of hours worked per week for either part-time, full-time, substitute teaching, or volunteer work. This will ensure an accurate calculation of time worked in each position that is listed on your application form.
  4. You will be appointed at the level for which you meet the requirements at the time of your appointment. When you meet the requirements for a higher level in your specialty, you will be eligible for promotion to that level without further examination.
  5. You may apply for any number of the teaching specialties for which you are qualified. Be sure to enter the examination number for each specialty on your application form.
  6. Anyone appointed to one of these positions must serve a probationary period ranging in length from one year to three years. While on probation, you may be promoted to a higher level upon completion of additional requirements. You would not, however, be required to serve an additional probation at the higher level once you have satisfactorily completed the original probationary period.

How to Obtain Teacher Certification

Inquiries regarding teacher certification should be addressed to the New York State Education Department, Office of Teaching Initiatives, Albany, New York 12234.

The Positions

These positions exist in New York State government in various facilities of the Department of Correctional Services, the Office of Children and Family Services, and the Office of Mental Health. The positions are in a variety of settings ranging from institutional settings, where teachers may be required to function in a security-oriented environment, to community-based settings. Currently there are vacancies at various locations throughout the state. Agencies have the latitude to determine which teaching specialty best addresses the needs of the population served and may, therefore, fill vacant positions from several different teacher eligible lists.

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Teachers 2, 3, and 4, under general supervision and with considerable independence of judgment and action, teach elementary, secondary, or special subjects. The duties include preparing course and unit outlines, lesson plans, educational progress reports, individual education plans, and acting as advisor to student groups and organizations.

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Subject of Examination

There will be no written test. If you meet the Minimum Qualifications your education and experience will be evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position. Be sure to indicate your teaching specialty, type of certification, and dates of validity. You should also be sure to describe carefully the types of classes, students and clients, or inmates that you have taught. It is essential that you describe your education and experience as completely as possible on the NYS-APP Open Competitive Examination Application form. Ambiguity, vagueness or omissions will not be decided in your favor. Do NOT send resumes. If you need more space, attach additional 8½ x 11” sheets, following the same format used on the application form. Additional unsolicited information will not be accepted after the last day for filing.

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How To Apply

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State agencies have an ongoing need for persons qualified for appointment to these positions. Therefore, the Department of Civil Service accepts applications at any time and will rate applications on a periodic basis. Applications received after a rating period will be retained for the next scheduled rating. For information about this examination, write to the NYS Department of Civil Service, c/o Staffing Section 1 or call (518) 473-9725.

Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to enjoy equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their applications. Further information is available from the Special Arrangements Unit of the Department of Civil Service at 518-457-2487 [press 2, then press 2] in the Albany area, toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 2], or via TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) at 518-457-8480.

New York State Residence Is Not Required For Most Positions

However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.

Continuous Recruitment/Eligible Lists

Candidates who meet the qualification and pass this examination will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. Generally, the names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for two years. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.

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Reissued: 8/10

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