Relay is a national, accredited, nonprofit institution of higher education serving 1,400 graduate students across eight campuses in Chicago, Delaware, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, New York City, Newark, NJ, and Philadelphia & Camden.
In the fall of 2007, leaders from three charter school networks partnered with Hunter College, in New York, to create Teacher U. As the precursor to Relay, Teacher U began with three dozen graduate students and grew into a master’s degree program training 250 district and charter public teachers.
In 2011, Teacher U was renamed Relay Graduate School of Education, earned its independence, 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.
As an institution of higher education, Relay maintains strong relationships with other graduate schools that both seek our guidance and lend invaluable insight to our own work. These partnerships help us refine our approach, expand our reach and collaborate on important research.
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.
Relay is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA, 19104-2680, Phone: 267-284-5000. The Middle States Commission is recognized by the United States Department of Education as an accrediting agency for institutions of higher education.
Relay also has programmatic 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.
Relay has received authorization to operate as an institution of higher education and grant graduate-level degree and certification programs in Illinois, Delaware, Tennessee, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, 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.
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.