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How to Apply to Relay


Apply for Residency (School) Placement

Ready to change lives? Need a school placement to achieve your goal?

Apply to the Residency Placement Programs for school year 2018-19. This is the best process if you are looking to make an impact but haven't yet been hired by a school as a teaching resident. 

Start your application here.  The next application deadline is April 9, 2018.

If you would like to learn more about this process, you can start the application and share information about your college and academic history.  We’ll share more information with you and reach out.

If you have already secured an instructional role for the 2018-2019 school year, please skip this step and move on to Step 2.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for talented, and committed teachers from diverse backgrounds who seek to make a positive impact teaching ALL kids, particularly in communities that have been most often denied educational opportunity.  The skills and  mindsets we look for include:

  • Readiness for the rigor of the Relay Teaching Residency Program
  • Committment
  • Coachability
  • Ability to build relationships in diverse settings
  • Need to succeed

Note: Relay requires a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for the program.  If your GPA is between a 2.75 and 3.0, you can submit 2 recommendations to be considered.

What you will be asked to provide?

Of course, we want to learn as much as we can about you! Please be prepared to share the following:

  • Your resume
  • Answers to our 4 essay questions
  • Your unofficial transcript (to be shared once you submit the online application)
  • If you continue in our process, you will also be asked to submit a video interview


Ready to change lives? Already secured your school placement?

You will begin by providing personal and education information, a resume & essay, and recommendations. All applicants, including those who went through Relay’s Residency Placement Program, will also need to provide the following supplementary materials:

  • Official transcripts (including the transcripts showing your bachelor’s degree was conferred)
  • State-specific certification exam results

Once you have completed your admissions application, stay in close touch with the school where you will be working, monitor your application status, and communicate regularly with your Relay Campus to ensure that all materials have been received, and accept your offer, if admitted.

*Non-Matriculation Status: Generally, applicants whose degree-conferred undergraduate transcript reflects an undergraduate GPA of less than 2.75, but of at least a 2.5 will not be considered for regular admissions, but may be considered for non-matriculated status. Grade point average and non-matriculation requirements may vary by campus, so please visit your campus information page to confirm your requirements.



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

Relay Teaching Residency focuses on preparing a diverse cohort of committed teachers to make an academic and character impact for students in diverse, urban communities. Our program is designed specifically to help prepare and develop teachers who are committed to teaching in high need schools. Further, participants in our program find they are making an investment in their development by investing a year into honing the 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 (MAT) with Relay. In joining the Relay Teaching Residency you will be joining a national network of educators -- teachers and school leaders -- who invest in being the best educator possible, value meaningful feedback to improve, and believe in the power of a teacher and leader. You will be part of a pedagogical model to: learn teaching skills, practice those teaching skills, and then perform.

What does the first year of the Residency look like?

The Residency program includes:
-Five days of summer training before the school year starts
-Weekly 3-4 hour weekly session of intensive, deliberate practice
-Approximately 5 hours of weeknight sessions a month of Relay GSE core pedagogy instruction (2-4 times)
-One monthly 5-hour Saturday session per month for Relay GSE 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 GSE Dean and faculty

What is Deliberate Practice?

Like great athletes or artists, teachers become excellent at 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 all Relay programs, and especially the Relay Teaching Residency program.

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, you might practice responding to common student misconceptions. Then, you would receive expert feedback, apply that feedback, and do it again to build your skills.

When does the Relay Teacher Residency program begin?

The program begins with a two-week in-person summer session in July, although dates vary slightly by Relay campus. The official start of the summer term is July 3, 2017.

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 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 may also be considered by providing an additional letter of recommendation that explains their qualifications for admission to Relay, and applicants with a GPA of at least 2.5 may be considered for non-matriculated status at most campuses).
-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 most Relay campuses. 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 M.A.T. from a top teacher preparation program. check with your desired campus to see if this option is available to you and what steps may be required.

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

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. Learn more about certification requirements on Campus Information pages.

When should I apply to Relay Teaching Residency?

The application and selection process for placement in Relay Teaching Residency is highly competitive so we encourage all interested applicants to submit your 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 school placement that is the best fit for you in your assigned region, successfully pass requisite tests, and begin preparing for your transition.

Can I apply to multiple Relay campuses?

Relay Graduate School of Education is a growing national institution of higher education with campuses in nine states and counting. This provides applicants a wonderful opportunity to apply to Relay Teaching Residency and tell us where you would like to teach! We encourage you to 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 school partner need so we also urge you to strongly consider campuses where need is greatest. For the 2017-18 school year, those include San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Philadelphia & Camden.

When and how will I find my School Placement?

If you apply for School Placement and are selected, 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. Relay partners with 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 — and
the school partner is interested in hiring a resident in a subject area for which you are eligible, and you are interested in working at that school.

What is the tuition for Relay Teaching Residency?

Tuition for the two-year program is $35,000. Relay is committed to ensuring that our programs are affordable for teachers, especially those teaching in high-needs schools. The Relay Teaching Residency is an AmeriCorps program. All Residents are expected to apply for AmeriCorps regardless of prior AmeriCorps service. The cost to residents who submit AmeriCorps paperwork will not exceed $6,500 over two years.*

*NOTE: At newer Relay campuses, a resident’s total out-of-pocket cost may differ from this figure; 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, find a school placement, and you are 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 your school, and you will receive benefits through your school employment.