Relay Teaching Residency: Chicago

Female graduate student in Relay class.

The Relay Teaching Residency is a groundbreaking teacher-preparation program that offers a unique and powerful pathway for aspiring teachers to begin a long-term career in the classroom.

Two graduate students work together during Relay class.

During the two-year program, teaching residents experience a structured and gradual on-ramp into the profession and complete a master’s degree. The Residency experience combines a rigorous, purposeful curriculum with instruction from outstanding educational faculty. It focuses on concrete skills that lead to significant improvements in urban classrooms, and it allows our students to practice those skills until they can execute them with confidence. Relay Residents develop pedagogical experience in specific grade levels and content areas, including elementary, secondary, middle grades, and special education.


In their first year, residents immerse themselves in their schools, working directly with students under the close supervision of a mentor teacher. Residents simultaneously enroll in Relay, where they take classes on core teaching techniques and content-specific instruction, then rehearse those techniques and receive expert feedback during weekly practice sessions with faculty and classmates. Successful first-year residents transition into lead teaching roles in the second year of the program, when they complete their master’s degrees at Relay.

Upon completion, teaching residents have a portfolio of professional achievements, a toolkit of practical teaching strategies, and two years of full-time work experience in a supportive urban public school.

Relay works closely with some of the strongest public schools and charter networks in the United States, including the Noble Network of Charter Schools, to place residents in dynamic and supportive public schools across Chicago. We’re particularly interested in applicants who graduated from Chicago schools and want to teach at their alma maters.

Acknowledgement of Support

The Relay Teaching Residency is an AmeriCorps program. All Teaching Residents will have the opportunity to serve as AmeriCorps members and will complete the AmeriCorps application process. For more information on AmeriCorps at Relay, please email