Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital is a dynamic center of history and politics.
Picture of the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial
Dean Brooke James
Students in class
Students engaged in class

About Relay Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is the dynamic heart of the nation. Washington, D.C. is not only an ideal destination for history buffs, political junkies, and activists, but the District has a strong dedication to providing a great education to all students.

Relay Washington, D.C., currently offers the following programs: Relay Teaching Residency and Master of Arts in Teaching.





RESIDENT SALARY RANGE: $30,000 – $40,000 (varies by school partner and role)


Relay Teaching Residency
Master of Arts in Teaching

To review program-specific admissions requirements for this campus, click here.
To review requirements for certification programs at this campus, click here.


Certification Requirements

There are two types of teaching certificates in Washington, D.C.: the Initial Credential and Standard Credential. Relay Washington, DC staff and faculty work with Relay Teaching Residents to gain the Standard Credential. The requirements to become certificated in Washington, DC are listed below. The certification process is housed under the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in D.C.

1. Pass the Praxis CORE exam, or prove exemption with a qualifying ACT, SAT, or GRE score. Exempting scores listed here.  
2. Pass the Praxis Content exam in application teaching subject.
3. Pass the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching exam in applicable grade band.
4. Submit application with OSSE. More details found here.


Special Education
Christine Eisenhauer

Dean Christine Eisenhauer

Eisenhauer oversees Relay’s campuses in Delaware and Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Relay, Eisenhauer served as the managing director of academics at KIPP Philadelphia Schools, where she worked with regional and school-based teams to create effective network-wide systems for curricular alignment. Before joining KIPP, Eisenhauer worked with schools in Wilmington, Delaware, and on staff with Teach For America as a program director in Newark, New Jersey. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education, and her B.A., in political science and Asian studies, from Furman University in Greenville, SC.

City Highlights

Get to know Washington, D.C.

City Population: 702,455

City Fun

Washington, D.C. offers everything that you remember from your middle school field trip, and a lot more.

The National Mall is a 2 mile-long greenway spanned by museums and monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum are classic favorites, while the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Museum of African American History and Culture provide powerful windows into human history.

For those looking to get away from the main tourist spots, head west to catch a show at the majestic Kennedy Center on the Potomac, and continue on to Georgetown to walk the historic, cobblestone streets and do a little shopping. Pop into a bar during a State of the Union address to experience a town that takes politics as seriously as it does sports.

Getting Around

In addition to being a very walkable and bike-friendly city, Washington, D.C. has a highly regarded subway system called Metro and bus routes that span the District, Maryland, and Virginia. A car is not needed to get around. Learn more.

Contact Information

Relay DC


Relay Graduate School of Education, Washington, D.C.
1140 3rd Street, NE, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002