Relay Teaching Residency: Chicago

Female graduate student in Relay class.

How To Apply

At this time, Relay Chicago only accepts applications to the Teaching Residency program through partnerships with local charter networks. Applicants must receive an official offer from one of our partner schools in order to be eligible to apply to the Relay Chicago Teaching Residency

Applicants invited to apply to the Relay Chicago Teaching Residency must submit a completed Admissions application and provide additional supporting materials. The Relay Admissions application (called: "ADMISSIONS Application for Teachers seeking an M.A.T. and/or Teacher Certification") includes the following components:

  • Personal, educational and employment information;
  • An essay;
  • A resume;
  • Contact information for at least one recommender, whom Relay will contact;
  • Official college and university transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (even where a degree was not earned).

Relay accepts electronic and hard copy official transcripts. Electronic transcripts must meet all the following criteria:

  • Sent via a third-party website to enrollment@relay.edu (Relay’s Enrollment Services) with instructions for accessing the transcript via a secure username and password; 
  • Verified official by a third-party agency; and
  • From a U.S.-based institution.

Hard copy transcripts must arrive in a sealed, unopened institutional envelope, addressed to:

Relay Graduate School of Education
Office of Enrollment Services
40 West 20th Street, Floor 7
New York, NY 10011

Relay Chicago does not require any standardized tests for admission to the Teaching Residency program. Please ensure that Relay receives your completed application, including transcript(s) and recommendation forms, by the deadline. The Office of Enrollment Services is unable to evaluate incomplete applications.

Upon submitting the online portion of the application, applicants must:

  • Prioritize submitting a hard copy, official undergraduate transcript demonstrating that a baccalaureate degree was conferred;
  • Follow up with recommenders to ensure they respond to Relay's online prompt;
  • Monitor their most up-to-date application status, including receipt of transcripts and recommendations, by logging into their admissions portal and clicking onto their Admissions Checklist;
  • Look out for an email informing them that a decision has been rendered on their application; and
  • Log-in to their admissions portal and click "Accept" to their offer of admissions and the terms of their admissions agreement in order to enroll.

Please note: The first section of the online admissions application will ask questions about your intended Relay program. It’s very important that you answer those questions accurately, as follows:

Q. Select the option below that BEST describes your intended academic and certification pathway.
A. Chicago: 2-Year M.A.T. Degree

Q.  Which Relay campus would you like to apply to?
A. Chicago

Q. Are you applying to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree through Relay?
A. Yes

Q. Are you applying to Relay's Teaching Residency program?
A. Yes

Admissions Criteria

Admission to Relay is on a rolling basis, so we strongly recommend applicants complete their admissions application as soon as possible. Relay must receive complete applications, including hard-copy, degree-conferred undergraduate transcripts and recommendations.  Please read the information below carefully before submitting an application.

To be considered for admission to the Relay Teaching Residency program, applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Full-time employment as a teacher-in-residence at a Relay Chicago partner school in the 2016-2017 school year. If employment is terminated, graduate students have one month to regain employment as a P-12 teacher before he or she is at risk of being administratively withdrawn from the program;
  • An official, hard copy, degree-conferred undergraduate transcript that shows proof of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education; and
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (although applicants with a G.P.A. lower than 3.0 but at least 2.75 may be considered for admission by submitting an additional letter of recommendation that explains their qualifications for admission to Relay).

Applicants seeking alternative educator licensure through the Relay Teaching Residency program must meet additional admissions criteria determined by the Illinois State Board of Education’s educator licensure eligibility requirements. Please see below for additional information.

Non-Matriculation Status: Applicants whose degree-conferred undergraduate transcript reflects a G.P.A. of less than 2.75, but of at least a 2.5, will not be considered for regular admissions, but may be considered for non-matriculated enrollment.

Certification Requirements

Eligible applicants who are not licensed as teachers in Illinois may elect to pursue alternative educator licensure through the two-year Relay Chicago M.A.T. program. Graduate students pursuing alternative educator licensure complete the same coursework as those not pursuing licensure, but they must also meet additional requirements, including passing required standardized licensure exams.

To pursue alternative educator licensure through the Relay Chicago M.A.T. program, applicants must meet the minimum admissions criteria listed above, as well as additional requirements related to eligibility for an Illinois educator license. Licensure-seeking applicants must:

  • Pass the following exams:
  • Demonstrate a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent on another scale (applicants with a cumulative G.P.A. of less than 3.0 are ineligible for alternative educator licensure in Illinois); and
  • Show proof of an academic concentration or major — or a total of at least 32 credits earned — in the subject of the M.A.T. specialization for which they are applying (e.g., mathematics).

Additionally, graduate students pursuing alternative educator licensure through the Relay Chicago M.A.T. program must pass the edTPA before beginning the second year of the two-year program.

*Alternative educator licensure applicants can use the ACT Plus Writing (minimum composite score of 22 and minimum combined English/Writing score of 19) or the SAT (minimum composite of 1030 on the critical reading and mathematics sections and minimum score of 450 on the writing section) in lieu of the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency if the ACT Plus Writing or SAT was taken during the past 10 years.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Relay is committed to a policy of actively supporting equality for all persons. Relay does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, disability or any other criterion specified by federal, state or local laws, in the administration of its admissions, employment and educational policies or scholarship, loan, and other school-administered programs. Rather, Relay affirms that it admits students, and selects employees regardless of their race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, disability or any other criterion specified by federal, state or local laws and thereafter accords them all the rights and privileges generally made available to students or employees at the school.