Relay Teaching Residency: Chicago

Female graduate student in Relay class.

Tuition & Aid

Relay is committed to ensuring that our programs are affordable for teachers, especially those teaching in high-needs public schools. The cost to residents for the two-year master’s degree and certification program (after AmeriCorps Segal awards and Relay institutional aid) is $6,500*.

Payment plans are available for all students, and Relay also offers federal student loans. Please contact Student Financial Services for further details about tuition.

*The full cost of tuition and fees for a two-year Relay M.A.T. degree is $35,000. Relay offers institutional aid to graduate students teaching in high-needs schools and at select partner schools in the amount of $17,000. The Relay Teaching Residency is an AmeriCorps program. Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards further reduce the out-of-pocket cost of tuition for Residents. All Residents are expected to apply for AmeriCorps, regardless of prior AmeriCorps service. Residents must submit all paperwork to be eligible for the discounted tuition price of $6,500.

Schedule Info

Relay Chicago Teaching Residents work full-time in Chicago partner schools — first as a teacher-in-residence and ultimately as a lead teacher — to ensure they are practicing the techniques and strategies they are learning. Relay Chicago’s academic calendar and program structure are conducive to and designed to support the demanding schedule of a full-time educator and a part-time graduate student.

We deliver about 40 percent of the program’s content online, so residents have flexibility to complete coursework when it is most convenient for their schedule. In addition to online coursework, residents attend regular in-person sessions, including:

  • A weekly session of deliberate practice with Relay Chicago faculty, in which residents have additional time to rehearse core techniques they are learning in the program; 
  • Two weeknight sessions each month for core instruction;
  • One Saturday session each month for subject-specific instruction;
  • A two-week summer session before the first year of the program; and
  • A two-week summer session between the first and second years of the program.

The Relay Chicago Teaching Residency program has three terms each year: summer, fall, and spring. The summer term runs from approximately July to August, the fall term runs from approximately September to January, and the spring term runs from approximately February to June. 


NNST/Relay Chicago
1 N. State St., 6M
Chicago, IL 60602
United States

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