Relay Teaching Residency: Denver

The Relay Teaching Residency: Denver is a two-year program that includes an apprentice year, a master’s degree, and recommendation for a Colorado Initial Teaching License. Relay Denver offers qualified applicants support finding a local PK-12 school position through the Residency School Placement program.

Priority Application Deadline

A priority deadline means that applications received by this date will be prioritized in the admissions process. If you are interested in applying to the program after the priority deadline has passed, please contact to find out if you are still eligible to apply.
We are now accepting applications for the 2018-19 School Year. Go to the "Apply" section to access the application.


TUITION & FEES: $6,500

Relay is committed to ensuring that the Relay Teaching Residency is affordable for aspiring teachers, especially those teaching in high-needs public schools. The cost to residents for the two-year master’s degree and licensure program (after AmeriCorps Segal awards and Relay institutional aid) is $6,500*.

Payment plans are available for all students, and Relay also offers federal student loans. Please contact Student Financial Services for further details about tuition.

The cost of licensure exams is determined by the State of Colorado. Download the Colorado Licensure Highlights Guide for an overview of certification requirements and costs.

*The full cost of tuition and fees for the two-year Relay Teaching Residency is $35,000. Relay offers institutional aid to graduate students teaching in high-needs schools and at select partner schools in the amount of $17,000. The Relay Teaching Residency is an AmeriCorps program. Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards further reduce the out-of-pocket cost of tuition for residents. All residents are expected to apply for AmeriCorps, regardless of prior AmeriCorps service. Residents must submit all paperwork to be eligible for the discounted tuition price of $6,500.


DSST Public Schools
Denver Math & Literacy Fellows
STRIVE Preparatory Schools
Rocky Mountain Prep
University Prep
KIPP Colorado Schools
Roots Elementary
Ashley Elementary
Cole Arts and Sciences
Bear Valley International School
McAuliffe Manual Middle School
Goldrick Elementary
Cheltenham Elementary

Available Majors

Elementary (K-6)
Secondary English (Grades 7-12)
Secondary Mathematics (7-12)
Secondary Science (7-12)
Secondary Social Studies (7-12)


The Relay Teaching Residency is a 36 credit hour program. Relay’s academic calendar and program structure are designed to accommodate the demanding schedules of graduate students who hold full-time positions in schools. We deliver about 40% of the content online and 60% in person so that graduate students have flexibility to complete large portions of the coursework when it is most convenient for their schedules.


In addition to online coursework, teachers will attend regular in-person sessions, including:

  • A weekly session of deliberate practice with Relay Denver faculty, in which residents have additional time to rehearse core techniques they are learning in the program;
  • One 2.5-hour evening session per week;
  • Approximately three Saturday sessions per term;
  • A one-week summer session before the first year of the program; and
  • A two-week summer session between the first and second years of the program.

Relay has three terms each year (summer, fall, and spring). 


In addition to the standard Relay Teaching Residency admissions and certification requirements, participants in the Relay Teaching Residency: Denver program must meet the following campus-specific admissions and licensure requirements.

Relay Denver works closely with some of the strongest public district schools and charter networks in Denver to support teaching residents. We’re particularly interested in applicants who graduated from Denver schools and want to teach at their alma maters. Relay Denver participates in the Residency School Placement program, working with Relay’s national recruiters to help qualified applicants find resident positions at partner PK-12 Denver schools. Learn more about the Residency School Placement program.

The Relay Teaching Residency: Denver program provides a pathway for alternate route licensure. Eligible applicants may receive a Colorado Initial Teaching License by completing this program and satisfying additional licensure requirements.

In order to seek certification at Relay Denver, the State of Colorado requires that you hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Search your undergraduate institution in the College Source Online database to determine if it is regionally accredited. If it is not, contact for guidance.

Download the Colorado Licensure Highlights Guide for information about licensure requirements and a timeline of key milestones.

Please note that licensure steps occur prior to admission, during the program, and upon completion of the program. This information is important! Failure to pass licensure exams and meet other licensure criteria may result in loss of your teaching position and/or removal from the Relay Teaching Residency: Denver program.

Contact Information


Relay Denver
4130 Navajo Street
Denver, CO 80211

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Relay Denver holds provisional authorization from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.