Becoming a Principal

Interested in School Leadership?

In order to gain access to view and apply for principal positions in New York City Schools, all candidates must be in the Principal Candidate Pool (PCP).

You do not need to be in the Principal Candidate Pool in order to apply for AP positions.

For more information: Openings for Assistant Principals

NOTE: If you left the system and were a principal in NYCDOE before 2008, you are required to be in the pool to apply for current principal vacancies.

What is the Principal Candidate Pool?

The Principal Candidate Pool (PCP) is the selective screening process for all aspiring principals for New York City Schools as outlined in the Chancellor’s C-30 Regulation. Chancellor’s Regulation C-30 governs the selection, assignment, and appointment of all principals. Learn more: Chancellor's Regulation C-30

The PCP process ensures consistent, standards-based criteria for hiring decisions citywide by:

  • Aligning the screening process to clear, high standards consistent with the expectations for which principals will be held accountable. Learn more: Education Law 3012c
  • Offering a unique opportunity to engage every prospective school leader in high-quality professional development about the NYCDOE’s expectations of principals
  • Providing hiring managers with multi-dimensional information to help enhance strategic placement and hiring decisions for principal vacancies

PCP Series

The Principal Candidate Pool (PCP) conducts approximately 16 Series each year at different school-based locations around the City. A series includes in-person professional conversations and activities as well as time-bound online performance assessments.

Eligibility Requirements

New York State Administrative License

  • School Administrator and Supervisor (SAS) - historical license
  • School District Administrator (SDA) - historical license
  • School Building Leader (SBL)
  • Seven or more years of pedagogical experience as outlined in Chancellor’s Regulation C-30

NOTE: The SDL certification does not meet the requirements for PCP or school building leader positions

Learn more: NYSED School Leader Certification

Principal Candidate Pool Application and Registration

Eligible candidates must complete and submit the School Leader Candidate Profile in Teacher Support Network (TSN)

NOTE: Candidates must submit the application and receive a confirmation email from supvpool@schools.nyc.gov to be eligible to register for a series.

Online application: Apply for PCP

Series Registration

Eligible applicants receive an email invitation to register for a series. The invitation includes dates, time and location of a series. Invitation is based on the queue of applicants and the capacity of upcoming series. After successful registration for a series, candidates receive a confirmation email with next steps from principalcandidatepool@schools.nyc.gov.

Series Participation

Candidates are expected to attend all in-person sessions and submit all online assessments within the given timeframe for successful completion of the PCP process.

Next Steps

After candidates complete the Principal Candidate Pool process, they receive a Candidate Profile Report and are assigned to the pool. At that time, candidates are able to view and apply for principal vacancy postings.

To learn more about applying to school-specific principal positions: Openings for Principals

For all communication regarding the Principal Candidate Pool, contact: principalcandidatepool@schools.nyc.gov

Preparation Programs and Supports for Aspiring Principals

To learn more about what NYCDOE and the Office of Leadership have to offer for aspiring school leaders:

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