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If you have already secured a placement/teaching role, please skip to step 5 and apply.  For all other applicants, please read and follow all steps provided below.

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
  • Commitment
  • 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.

How to Apply to Relay


Submit your online application by April 9th!

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

Your application must be complete to be considered for admission. Our special deadline for the following campuses is May 7th:

  • Baton Rouge
  • Dallas Fort-Wirth
  • Newark
  • New Orleans
  • San Antonio

We will also consider applications submitted from the following campuses through May 7th:

  • Atlanta
  • Delaware
  • Memphis
  • Nashville
  • New York
  • Washington DC

You will receive an email confirmation from us once you have completed your submission.  


Submit your video interview responses.

Applicants invited to complete a video interview will have 1 week to complete and submit. In addition to your video interview, applicants will also submit unofficial transcripts for all institutions of higher education attended, a sample teach lesson plan (completed for the video interview), and 1-2 recommendations (contact information for recommenders is submitted in the application) in order to receive a decision.


Confirm your offer for the Residency Placement Program, if accepted.

Applicants will receive notification regarding their application status within 10-12 days after the video interview deadline; accepted applicants will also be notified of their Relay campus assignment. Offers will only be extended to applicants who have submitted all required materials (see above); if you are not able to submit required materials for any reason, you will be placed on hold.


Prepare for and interview with partners to secure a residency placement, complete other certification requirements.

Confirmed candidates will receive interview & placement support, as well as specific direction regarding applicable certification requirements (these will differ by state and eligible subject areas/grade levels). The specific timeline for your placement process may vary for different campuses/candidates.


Complete and submit your Relay admissions materials & information once you secure a placement.

If you secured a placement on your own, you can now begin and submit your application.

If you secured your placement through our Residency Placement Program described in steps 1-4 above, you will answer a few additional questions via the Post Placement Application Form to continue the admissions process. You will also be asked to submit official transcripts and any other required materials.

Recommended Deadlines & Cut Off Dates

The recommended deadlines above help ensure applicants receive a decision before the first day of summer coursework. We have found that students who submit all their application materials before these deadlines are better set up for a successful first term at Relay. However, most programs accept applications after the recommended deadline from individuals who are hired later in the summer. Admissions is offered on a rolling basis and Relay can only review complete applications. Applicants can expect to receive a decision approximately four to six weeks after submitting a complete application.

Admissions for each program closes no later than the first day of in-person class. For more information on your program’s admissions requirements, visit your campus page.

Relay Residency Placement

Learn more about the Relay Residency Placement Selection process!