Relay Teaching Residency: Memphis

The Relay Teaching Residency: Memphis is a two-year program that includes an apprentice year, a master’s degree, and recommendation for a Tennessee practitioner's license.



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. Some partner schools also provide tuition assistance; please contact your school to inquire.

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

*The Relay Teaching Residency is an AmeriCorps program. Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards further reduces 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 $7,000.

Note: For students seeking licensure, there are also costs for certification exams. Contact to get more information about expenses you can expect depending on your certification area and when these expenses will occur.


Achievement Schools
Aspire Public Schools
Aurora Collegiate School
Believe Memphis Academy
Freedom Prep Academy
Gestalt Community Schools
KIPP Memphis
Libertas School of Memphis
Memphis Business Academy
Memphis College Prep
Memphis Delta Prep
Memphis Scholars
Promise Academy
Shelby County Schools
Vision Prep

Available Majors

Early Childhood Education (PK-3)
Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
Secondary English Language Arts (Grades 6-12)
Secondary Mathematics (Grades 6-12)
Secondary Science (Grades 6-12)
Secondary Social Studies (Grades 6-12)
Special Education (Grades K-8 or 6-12)


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. During the first year of the program, a weekly session of deliberate practice with Relay Memphis faculty, in which residents have additional time to rehearse core techniques they are learning in the program.


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

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

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

Graduate students enrolled in a Special Education major will have a schedule that looks different in the second year of the program.


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

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

In order to seek certification at Relay Memphis, the State of Tennessee 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 Memphis 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: Memphis program.

Contact Information


Relay Memphis
1350 Concourse Ave, Suite 434
Memphis, TN 38104

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The following Transferability of Credits Disclosure is pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. Section 49-7-144 (2008). Credits earned at Relay Graduate School of Education may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by Relay Graduate School of Education. You should obtain confirmation that Relay Graduate School of Education will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at Relay Graduate School of Education to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at Relay Graduate School of Education prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from Relay Graduate School of Education to another educational institution may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at Relay Graduate School of Education if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of Relay Graduate School of Education and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at Relay Graduate School of Education before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.