Relay Teaching Residency: New York

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

*The cost of certification exams is determined by the State of New York. Download the Relay New York Certification Highlights Guide for an overview of certification requirements and costs.

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

Achievement First
Ascend Prep
Blue Engine
Brooklyn Lab
Coney Island Prep
Democracy Prep
Ember Charter School
Great Oaks Charter School
Harlem Children’s Zone
Unity Prep

Available Majors

Childhood (Grades 1-6)
Early Childhood (Grades PK-2)
Middle Childhood Generalist (Grades 5-9) with a concentration in ELA, Math, Science or Social Studies
Middle Childhood Science Biology (Grades 5-9)
Adolescent Education Biology (Grades 7-12)
Middle Childhood Science Chemistry (Grades 5-9)
Adolescent Education Chemistry (Grades 7-12)
Middle Childhood Science Earth Science (Grades 5-9)
Middle Childhood Education ELA (Grades 5-9)
Adolescent Education ELA (Grades 7-12)
Middle Childhood Education Mathematics (Grades 5-9)
Adolescent Education Mathematics (Grades 7-12)
Middle Childhood Science Physics (Grades 5-9)
Adolescent Education Physics (Grades 7-12)
Middle Childhood Education Social Studies (Grades 5-9)
Adolescent Education Social Studies (Grades 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 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.


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

Relay New York works closely with some of the strongest public district schools and charter networks in New York City to support teaching residents. At this time, Relay New York only accepts applications to the Relay Teaching Residency program through our school partnerships with Achievement First, Ascend, Blue Engine, Brooklyn Lab, Coney Island Prep, Democracy Prep, Great Oaks Charter School, Harlem Children’s Zone, KIPP NYC, and Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School. Applicants must receive an official offer from one of those partners in order to be eligible to apply to the Relay Teaching Residency: New York. Relay New York is not currently able to assist applicants with finding a residency placement. Please contact the partners listed above to learn more about applying for a residency position.

The Relay Teaching Residency: New York Teaching program provides a pathway for alternate route licensure. Eligible applicants may receive an Initial Certificate by completing this program and satisfying additional certification requirements.

Download the New York Certification Highlights guide for high-level information about certification requirements and a timeline of key milestones. Read the Certification Chart and visit the Transitional B FAQ page for more detailed information about exams and workshops, setting up a TEACH account, program codes, and fingerprint clearance

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 licensure exams and meet other certification criteria may result in loss of your teaching position and/or removal from the Relay Teaching Residency: New York program.


Relay New York is excited to launch our Teaching Residency pilot program in a distance learning format in Rochester, NY. Our founding Rochester cohort will benefit from our unique program designed to provide new teachers the support they want and need as they enter the teaching profession. The Rochester Teaching Residency pilot program will blend our online graduate school programming with on the ground practice and support. The two-year program includes an apprentice year, a master’s degree, and recommendation for an Initial Certificate.

Contact Information


Relay New York
25 Broadway, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10004



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