Relay Teaching Residency: Houston

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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 Houston only accepts applications to the Teaching Residency Program through a partnership with KIPP Houston Public Schools' Graduate Teaching Fellowship Program and A+ Unlimited Potential (A+UP). Applicants must receive an official offer from KIPP Houston Public Schools to join the KIPP Houston Graduate Teaching Fellowship or from A+UP to be eligible to apply to the Relay Houston Teaching Residency Program.

Applicants who are invited to apply to Relay Houston 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 other background information;
  • A résumé;
  • An essay;
  • Contact information for at least one recommender, who Relay will contact;
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (even where a degree was not earned).

Transcript Information

Applicants must submit a degee-conferred undergraduate transcript from an accredited institution of higher education. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) provides a list of recognized accrediting agencies.

Applicants who attended any educational institutions outside of the United States must submit an official hard copy transcript in the institution’s sealed envelope to Relay AND submit a course-by-course conversion of the international transcript translated into the American system by a foreign credential evaluation service recognized by the Texas Education Authority (TEA). The TEA provides a list of recognized evaluators on their website. Download the out-of-country guide for additional information on documentation required for applicants with degrees from foreign countries.

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

Please ensure that Relay receives your completed application. The Office of Enrollment Services will only evaluate completed applications submitted by the deadline.

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

  • Prioritize submitting a hard copy or electronic official undergraduate transcript demonstrating that a baccalaureate degree was conferred from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • 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.
  • Login 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. Houston: 2-Year M.A.T. Degree with Certification 

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

Q. Are you applying to pursue state certification through Relay?
A. If you are already certified in any state, select No.  If you are not already certified in any state, select Yes.

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

Q. Which one of these teacher prep programs applies to your status for the 2016-17 school year?
A. None

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 and recommendations. Please read the information below carefully before submitting an application.

To be considered for admission into the Relay Houston Teacher Residency Program, applicants must have:

  • Secured a full-time position as a teaching resident with a partnering charter network or district
  • An official, degree-conferred undergraduate transcript that shows proof of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • Applicants with a GPA 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 with a GPA lower than 2.75 but of at least 2.5 may be considered on a case-by-case basis for non-matriculated enrollment* by demonstrating evidence of exceptional circumstances or achievement. Contact the Houston Dean’s office at to determine eligibility for the program.
  • Met the transcript and exam requirements listed below (unless able to demonstrate proof of holding a Texas standard certificate or out-of-state equivalent):
    • Transcripts demonstrating evidence of  meeting the following minimum credit hour requirements:
      • Core Subjects EC-6 and Core Subjects 4-8 – Twelve credits hours each in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies
      • English Language Arts & Reading 7-12 – Twelve credit hours in English
      • Mathematics 7-12 – Fifteen credit hours in Mathematics
      • Science 7-12 – Fifteen credit hours in Science

*Non-Matriculation Status: Applicants whose degree-conferred undergraduate transcript reflects a GPA 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 enrollment. For more information, please view our non-matric policy & FAQ.


Certification Requirements

​Eligible graduate students will pursue certification through Relay Graduate School of Education’s Texas Alternative Certification Program. View a detailed timeline for earning your Texas standard certificate. 


The Relay Graduate School of Education Texas Alternative Certification Program was approved by the State Board for Educator Certification on August 4, 2014 and was granted a status of “Accredited - Approved” for the 2015-16 reporting year. Additional information can be found on the TEA Consumer Information about Educator Preparation Programs webpage. 

Available reports:

Texas Education Code 21.044 requires that Educator Preparation Programs share information with potential applicants regarding the the effect of supply and demand forces on the educator workforce in this state. View the information provided by the Texas Education Agency

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.