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What you need to know if you received a DOE email about a title change and civil service test

Nov. 24, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing about an email you should have received from the Department of Education regarding the planned consolidation of the titles of education officers and associate education officers and the announcement of the civil service test for the new consolidated title.

If you have not received this email, which would have been sent to your DOE email address, please let us know right away by emailing us at

Here is what you need to know about the title change and exam:

  • The city Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has decided to change the two titles of education officer and associate education officer into one title with two levels.
  • The DOE plans to enact this change prior to Dec. 31 of this year.
  • If you are currently an education officer, you will become education officer, level 1. If you are an associate education officer, you will become education officer, level 2.
  • The change in title will have no effect on your salary or health and welfare fund benefits.
  • DCAS has scheduled a civil service exam for this new, two-level education officer title. Everyone who now serves as an education officer or associate education officer and is currently a provisional civil service employee will need to take the exam to have the opportunity to attain permanent civil service status in the new titles.
  • The filing period for this exam will open on Feb. 4, 2015 and close on Feb. 24, 2015 It is very important that you file for the exam during this period.
  • Only by taking and passing the exam will you have the opportunity to attain permanent status under the new title. If you don’t take the exam, you will lose the chance to have your name placed on the civil service list that will be created based on the exam. If you do not take and pass the exam, you risk losing your position as an education officer or associate education officer.
  • You will receive reminders about the exam filing period once it opens.

The UFT will support you through every step of this process. We will send more details soon. We will also post the information in this email and other information as we get it to your chapter’s website. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us by email at


LeRoy Barr and Ellie Engler
UFT Staff Directors