Relay is a national, accredited, nonprofit institution of higher education serving 2,000 teachers and 400 school leaders across the United States.
In 2011, Relay Graduate School of Education was granted a charter by the New York State Board of Regents and became the first stand-alone graduate school of education to emerge in the State in more than eight decades.
Today, our programs have expanded to include master’s degrees for teachers and teaching residents, fellowships for experienced principals and a partnership with Coursera, a provider of online, open-enrollment courses that has allowed us to reach tens of thousands of educators around the world.
Our innovative approach to graduate-level education and our promising results have earned recognition from the White House, state education officials, and leaders of the nation’s most recognized district and charter public schools. More importantly, it has changed the lives of the countless children our students serve.
Teacher U, the precursor to Relay, was formed in 2007 when leaders from three charter school networks partnered with Hunter College to create a new kind of teacher preparation program. Teacher U began with three dozen graduate students and grew into a master’s degree program preparing 250 district and charter public teachers. In 2011, Teacher U was renamed Relay Graduate School of Education and earned its independence.