Relay Teaching Residency: Chicago

Female graduate student in Relay class.

How To Apply

A priority deadline means that applications received by this date will be prioritized in the admissions process. If you are interested in applying to the program after the priority deadline has passed, please contact to find out if you are still eligible to apply.

At this time, Relay Chicago only accepts applications to the Teaching Residency program through partnerships with local district and 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 (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.

Applicants who attended an educational institution outside of the United States must submit an official hard copy transcript in the institution’s sealed envelope to Relay AND have  a course-by-course conversion of the international transcript translated into the American system by WES (, or another accredited Foreign Credential Evaluators (find a list here:

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

  • Prioritize submitting an 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 under "Supplemental Materials";
  • Look out for an email informing them that a decision has been rendered on their application; and
  • Log-in to their admissions portal to view their admissions decision. If extended an offer, 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 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 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 degree-conferred undergraduate transcripts showing that a baccalaureate degree was conferred 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 2017-2018 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, 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 participation.

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 Teaching Residency 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 licensure exams.

To pursue alternative educator licensure through the Relay Chicago Teaching Residency 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:
    • Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Test of Academic Proficiency*;
    • Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Content exam(s) in the subject of the M.A.T. specialization for which they are applying (e.g., mathematics);
  • 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 Teaching Residency program must pass the edTPA no later than the start of the Spring Term during their second year in the two-year program.

*Alternative educator licensure applicants can use the ACT or SAT scores in lieu of the Test of Academic Proficiency if they meet the minimum requirements

In order to seek certification at this campus, the state requires that you hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Search your undergraduate institution in the College Source Online database to determine if it is regionally accredited. If it is not, contact the Dean’s Office at your Relay campus for guidance.

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.