Relay Teaching Residency

Earn while you learn on the job.

Program Overview

Relay Teaching Residency is a teacher preparation program for graduate students that allows you to earn compensation, a teaching credential, and a master’s degree in teaching — while learning from the most successful teachers and school leaders.

Work with an experienced mentor teacher who will guide you through the learning process.
Earn a master’s degree and teaching certificate while putting learning into action.
Make a difference in your community through the world’s most important profession.

Program Details

  • New York, New York
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • New Haven, Connecticut
  • Wilmington, Delaware
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Houston, Texas
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania & Camden, New Jersey
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
Program Content

In this unique teacher residency program, you’ll excel while working in diverse classrooms alongside peers and successful mentors. You’ll be challenged, guided, and supported toward a career in teaching, while completing a master's degree and earning a teaching certificate.


You must have earned a bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater by May 2018. You must submit a completed application with all supplementary materials by the deadline.


The Relay Teaching Residency is an AmeriCorps program. With the support of AmeriCorps awards, Residents will not pay more than $6,500 (over two years) for this two-year, master’s degree program. You will be paid a salary by your school as a teacher-in-residence during the first year of the program, and as a full-time teacher during the second year of the program.


Upon completion of this program you will be eligible to receive a teaching credential (state certification/licensure) and will earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree (M.A.T.).


You will receive a campus assignment based on the preferences you provide in your application. Learn more about our high-priority campuses: San AntonioDallas-Fort Worth, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Philadelphia & Camden. These cities have an urgent need for diverse teachers, and qualified candidates who select these locations in the application process will have a high chance of being accepted and receiving a job offer. 


step 1

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Eligible applicants for Relay Teaching Residency (see eligibility requirements above) should submit an interest form to indicate that you wish to be considered for school year 2018-2019. If you are interested in teaching in the Dallas-Fort Worth or New Orleans regions you can complete an application for the 2016-17 school year here: Application for Dallas-Fort Worth Residency

step 2
Submit an Application Next Year

Applications for Relay Teaching Residency will be available Fall 2017. 

“The Teaching Residency has allowed me to develop as a teacher and person.”
Alexis Canty
Relay Teaching Residency, Houston 2018


General Questions

+ How is Relay Teaching Residency different from other teacher preparation programs?

Relay Teaching Residency prepares a diverse cohort of committed teachers to impact the academic performance and character of students in diverse, urban, high-need communities.

Further, participants in our program make an investment in their own personal development by spending a year honing their teaching craft and working alongside a mentor teacher (Resident Advisor, or RA) at one of our school partners. You will learn and train at your job placement, while working toward your teacher certification and Master of Arts in Teaching degree (M.A.T.) with Relay.  

By joining the Relay Teaching Residency, you’re joining a national network of educators — teachers and school leaders — who invest in becoming the best educators possible. They value meaningful feedback and believe in the power of teachers and leaders. You will be part of a pedagogical model to learn teaching skills, practice, and then perform.

+ What does that first residency year look like?

The Residency program will include:

  • Five days of summer training before the school year starts
  • Weekly, 3-to-4-hour sessions of intensive, deliberate practice
  • Approximately 5 hours of weeknight sessions per month for up to 4 months of Relay core pedagogy instruction
  • One 5-hour Saturday session per month for Relay content pedagogy coursework
  • Online instruction (8-10 hours per month)
  • Aligned Relay assessments that require Residents to demonstrate mastery of key teaching skills
  • Regular observations of Residents by the Relay Dean and faculty 

+ What is Deliberate Practice?

Like great athletes or artists, teachers become excellent in their craft through experience and practice. Deliberate practice — a focus on the concrete and specific teaching skills necessary to maximize impact in the classroom — is a cornerstone of the Resident training experience.

Residents participate in weekly 3-to-4-hour practice sessions to develop and perfect their teaching skills. These practice sessions complement and support Relay master’s classes. For example, in conjunction with Relay classroom management modules, Residents practice responding to common classroom management scenarios by applying techniques and strategies they learn in their coursework. They receive expert feedback, apply that feedback, and do it again to build their management toolboxes, muscle memory, and effectiveness as classroom managers over time.

+ When does the Relay Teacher Residency program begin?

The program begins with a 2-week, in-person summer session in July. The official dates of the summer term are released in the spring of 2017, and dates vary slightly by Relay campus.

Residency Placement Eligibility

+ What are the basic eligibility requirements for Relay Teaching Residency?

Applicants for Relay Teaching Residency must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education (earned before summer 2017)
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale (applicants with a GPA of at least 2.5 may be considered in certain circumstances)
  • Able to successfully pass a background check
  • Be a United States citizen or have authorization to work in the United States
  • Will need to be able to pass appropriate state tests (e.g. TExEs, Praxis) 

+ If I already have a teaching certificate, can I still apply to Relay Teaching Residency?

If you already hold a standard certificate in the state where you wish to teach, or you are planning to transfer your certification from out-of-state, you can still be a Relay Teaching Resident and pursue your Master of Arts in Teaching at Relay.  

This may be a good option if you want to receive a supportive on-ramp and continually learn as you begin your teaching profession.  This is also a good option if you want to earn your MAT from a top teacher preparation program.

+ I applied to one of Relay’s school partners. Should I still apply to Relay Teaching Residency?

If you have applied to the specific charter school where you would like to complete Relay Teaching Residency, you do not need to submit an additional application. If you would like to be considered for multiple campuses/regions, you can submit an application through Relay Teacher Pathways. (If you elect to do this, we ask that you notify the charter school partner where you have already applied.)

+ I am enrolled in another teacher preparation program. Will this be an issue? Can I transfer my credits?

Teacher certification requirements differ by state, and teacher preparation programs vary significantly. If you decide to pursue a career in teaching through the Relay Teaching Residency, we will need to review your individual circumstances before we can determine whether any of the program that you have completed to date can be transferred. In many cases, certification hours or requirements completed in another program will not transfer to Relay.

Please email with individualized questions and we can work to give you more detailed information about your specific circumstances.

+ As a current teacher, can I apply for the residency program?

Yes, as a teacher you can apply for the residency program. This option would be a good fit if you want to earn your M.A.T. and you are looking to re-enter the teaching profession with a more gradual on-ramp. 

+ Do I need to take a GRE? What test(s) do I need to take before being accepted to Relay?

You are not required to take the GRE to be considered for admission at most Relay campuses. However, the GRE IS required for admission to Relay New York*.  You will be required to take and pass state-specific exams for the certification. In some cases, you may be required to provide proof of having passed those exams before you can be enrolled at Relay. If successful in the Relay Teaching Residency selection process, you will receive more detailed information about testing requirements

*Please note:  Relay is not currently able to assist applicants with finding a residency placement at our Relay New York location. If you are interested in joining the Relay Teaching Residency in New York, you must first secure a full-time teaching role with one of our partner schools.

Residency Placement Selection Process

+ When should I apply to Relay Teaching Residency?

The application and selection process for placement in Relay Teaching Residency is highly competitive. We encourage all interested applicants to submit their online application as early as possible. If you apply by one of our earlier priority deadlines, you will have more time and opportunity to find the best school placement, successfully pass requisite tests, and begin preparing for your transition.  

+ Can I apply to multiple Relay campuses?

Yes. Relay Graduate School of Education is a growing national institution of higher education with campuses in nine states and 12 cities. This provides applicants a wonderful opportunity to apply to the Relay Teaching Residency and tell us where they would like to teach. Be as flexible as possible when providing us with your campus preferences on the application. If it aligns with your interests, please select “I am flexible and open to all Relay campuses” on the application.

The number of residency slots available in a given region is determined by the needs of our school partners, so we also encourage you to strongly consider campuses where need is greatest. For the 2017-18 school year, those include San AntonioDallas-Fort Worth, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Philadelphia/Camden.

Please Note: If you are interested in joining the Relay Teaching Residency program at our campuses in New York, Delaware, or Connecticut, you must first secure a full-time teaching role with one of our partner schools. Relay is not currently able to assist applicants with finding a residency placement at these three campus locations. Once you have been hired by a school partner, you may then complete the Residency admissions application on You do not need to complete the residency placement application on this website (  

+ When will I hear back after I submit my application?

You can expect to hear from us with an update on the status of your application to the Relay Teacher Residency within 1–2 weeks of submitting all application materials (including an online application, resume, and any supplemental materials). 

+ When and how will I find my school placement?

Once selected for Relay Teaching Residency, you will be assigned to one of Relay’s campuses. Campus staff will share information with you about local school partners who will be receiving your resume and profile information from Relay. School partners may include traditional school districts and charter school networks. Specific need will vary by partner, so you will not necessarily hear from all partners in your assigned region. The process of finding your school placement should be one of mutual fit — the school partner is interested in hiring a Resident in a subject area for which you are eligible, and you should be interested in working at that school.

Please Note: If you are interested in joining the Relay Teaching Residency program at our campuses in New YorkDelaware, or Connecticut, you must first secure a full-time teaching role with one of our partner schools. Relay is not currently able to assist applicants with finding a residency placement at these three campus locations. Once you have been hired by a school partner, you may then complete the Residency admissions application on You do not need to complete the residency placement application on this website (  

Residency Program Logistics

+ What is the tuition for Relay Teaching Residency?

The Relay Teaching Residency is an AmeriCorps program. The cost to residents who submit AmeriCorps paperwork will not exceed $6,500 over two years. * All Residents are expected to apply for AmeriCorps, regardless of prior AmeriCorps service.

NOTE: *The full cost of tuition for the two-year program, without scholarships and AmeriCorps awards, is $35,000.  At newer Relay campuses, a resident’s total out-of-pocket cost may differ slightly from $6,500. Please consult campus staff about this once you have received your campus assignment.

+ Is there financial aid to help me pay tuition?

Payment plans are available for all students. Relay also offers federal student loans and TEACH grants to eligible students in approved programs. Once you are selected, secure a school placement, and begin the process of completing your enrollment at Relay Graduate School of Education, you will be asked to submit more information, and you will receive more details about your financial package. 

+ Are relocation stipends provided for residents?

Relay Graduate School of Education does not provide relocation stipends for residents.

+ I have scholarship funds. Can I use them to pay my Relay tuition?

Relay Graduate School of Education is a nationally accredited institution of higher education that is able to accept third-party scholarship funds from students as payment for tuition. If you have been awarded scholarship funds, or have access to education funding through family or military benefits, please confirm with your scholarship or benefits provider that your Relay program meets all requirements for disbursement.

+ Will I have access to health benefits as a Relay resident?

As a Resident, you will have a job placement at a school, and you will receive benefits through your school employer. 

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