Relay Teaching Residency: Houston

The Relay Teaching Residency: Houston is a two-year program that includes an apprentice year, a master’s degree, and recommendation for a Texas Standard Certificate. 



Students may qualify for additional institutional aid and federal aid toward total out of pocket tuition expense. Payment Plans also available. Please contact Student Financial Services with any questions or for more information.

*Relay GSE is an AmeriCorps partner. We strongly encourage you join the AmeriCorps program if you're eligible, as it aligns with Relay’s commitment to service and the work you do daily as a teacher. Participating students earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of a full service term that may be applied to reduce the out-of-pocket cost of tuition. Failure to participate in the AmeriCorps program if you’re eligible, means that you are fully aware that Relay will charge you the deferred tuition amount equivalent to the AmeriCorps Segal Education Award and you will be responsible for paying that amount in full.


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Alief Independent School District
Spring Branch Independent School District

Available Majors

Early Childhood Education (PreK-K)
Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
Secondary English Language Arts (Grades 5-12)
Secondary Mathematics (Grades 5-12)
Secondary Science (Grades 5-12)
Secondary Social Studies (Grades 5-12)


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 two-week summer session before the first year of the program;
  • A two-week summer session between the first and second years of the program;
  • Two weeknight sessions each month, for core instruction;
  • One Saturday session each month OR two weeknights each month, for instruction specific to grade levels and subjects; and
  • During the first year, a weekly 3-4 hour deliberate practice session with Relay faculty in which residents have additional time to rehearse core techniques they are learning in the program.

Relay has three terms each year (summer, fall, and spring). Download the Houston Academic Calendar for additional information.


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

Relay Houston works closely with some of the strongest public district schools and charter networks in Houston to support teaching residents.  Relay Houston participates in the Residency Placement program, working with Relay’s national recruiters to help qualified applicants find resident positions at partner PK-12 Houston schools. Learn more about the Residency School Placement program.


Applicants to the Relay Teaching Residency: Houston must submit a degree-conferred undergraduate transcript from an accredited institution of higher education. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) provides a list of recognized accrediting agencies.

Applicants who attended any educational institutions outside of the United States must submit an official hard copy transcript in the institution’s sealed envelope to Relay AND submit a course-by-course conversion of the international transcript translated into the American system by a foreign credential evaluation service recognized by the Texas Education Authority (TEA). The TEA provides a list of recognized evaluators on their website. Download the Out-of-Country Guide for additional information on documentation required for applicants with degrees from foreign countries.


Eligible graduate students will pursue certification through Relay Graduate School of Education’s Texas Alternative Certification Program. Eligible applicants may receive a Texas Standard Certificate by completing this program and satisfying additional certification requirements.

Download the Texas Certification Highlights Guide for information about certification requirements and key milestones. 

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) conducts a national criminal history check on all applicants for certification. Applicants for certification who have a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense may be ineligible for issuance of a certificate on completion of an educator preparation program. For further information please review the National Criminal History Checks – FAQs on the TEA website. Applicants and enrolled students who have questions about potential ineligibility for certification have the right to request a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from the Texas Education Agency for a non-refundable fee. For more information please review the Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation FAQs on the TEA website.

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

Contact Information


Relay Houston
7447 Harwin Dr. Ste 249
Houston, TX 77036

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accreditation information

The Relay Graduate School of Education Texas Alternative Certification Program was approved by the State Board for Educator Certification on August 4, 2014 and was granted a status of “Accredited - Approved” for the 2015-16 reporting year. Additional information can be found on the TEA Consumer Information about Educator Preparation Programs webpage.



Texas Education Code 21.044 requires that Educator Preparation Programs share information with potential applicants regarding the the effect of supply and demand forces on the educator workforce in this state. View the information provided by the Texas Education Agency.

complaint policy

Download the Texas Education Preparation Program Complaint Policy, posted in accordance with Texas Administrative Code Title 19 Chapter 228.70