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. 

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Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Relay is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), recognized by the United States Department of Education as an accrediting agency for institutions of higher education (public contact information: 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA, 19104-2680, Phone: 267-284-5000).


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National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Relay also has accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which is the agency recognized by the United States Department of Education as the professional accrediting agency for teacher preparation programs.

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Programs in Nine States, and Growing

Relay has received authorization to operate as an institution of higher education and grant graduate-level degree and certification programs in Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania (certification only), Tennessee, and Texas. We are excited to open additional Relay campuses in the coming years to serve more P-12 teachers and principals around the United States.

Higher Education Community

From our very beginnings, we’ve cultivated relationships with other institutions of higher education that share our vision for exceptional, innovative training for educators. These partnerships inform our programs and deepen our impact on our graduate students and the children they serve.

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Commitment to Transparency

Relay is dedicated to ensuring that our policies are easily accessible to graduate students and the general public. Below is a list of available public documents.

Student Resources
Relay Refund Program (administered by Tuition Management Systems) (PDF)
Relay Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (PDF)
Relay Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures (PDF)

Campus Safety
Relay Campus Safety Tips (PDF)
Relay Annual Campus Security Report 2016 (PDF)

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At Relay, research yields actionable insights. Collectively, our questions help us better understand how teachers and school leaders, in partnership with schools and communities, help students develop the knowledge, skills and mindsets associated with success in school and life. In pursuit of this agenda, we consider contemporary educational issues that have broad implications for how teachers and school leaders prepare for their work in schools and classrooms and that are of consequence to a diverse community of stakeholders. This research agenda also helps us investigate the quality and impact of our own programs. For more information about research at Relay, please email


The library promotes Relay’s academic goals by supporting our community’s learning, teaching, research and information needs. We provide quality materials and exemplary services that directly support Relay’s institutional vision of preparing results-focused teachers and school leaders who continuously improve their practice. Relay students, staff, and faculty can learn more about Relay’s library by viewing an introductory library module on our learning management system. It includes step-by-step instructions and videos for using the Relay Library. We also outline library policies that guide the use of the library and the reference services we provide. For more information about Relay’s library, please email