Relay Teaching Residency: Nashville

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

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.

*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.

School Partners

Explore Community School
KIPP Nashville
LEAD Public Schools
Nashvulle Classical Charter School
Rocketship Public Schools

Available Majors

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-12)

Available Concentrations:
ESL (Grades PK-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. Graduate students enrolled in the ESL Concentration take 3 additional credit hours. 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 online coursework, teachers will attend regular in-person sessions, including:

  • A one-week summer term before the start of the school year;
  •  A one-week summer term between the first and second years of the program;
  • Two-to-four weeknight sessions each month for core teaching instruction;
  • One Saturday session each month OR two weeknights each more for instruction specific to grade levels and subjects;
  • Weekly deliberate practice sessions during fall and spring of the first year.
  • Graduate students enrolled in the ESL Concentration have additional in-person sessions.

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: Nashville program must meet the following campus-specific admissions and licensure requirements.

In order to seek licensure at Relay Nashville, 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.

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: Nashville program.

Contact Information


Relay Nashville
123 Douglas Avenue
Nashville, TN 37207

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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.