Relay Teaching Residency: Houston

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How 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. Applicants must receive an official offer from KIPP Houston Public Schools to join the KIPP Houston Graduate Teaching Fellowship to be eligible to apply to the Relay Houston Teaching Residency Program.

Applicants who are invited to apply to the Relay  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, whom Relay will contact;
  • A score report showing a passing score on the appropriate TExES Pre-Admissions Content Test (PACT), or proof of Texas or out-of-state certification;
  • Official 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

Please ensure that Relay receives your completed application, which includes degree-conferred transcript(s) and recommendations. 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, 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.
  • Login 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. Houston: 2-Year M.A.T. Degree with Certification Option

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

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 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 hard copy, degree-conferred undergraduate transcripts, TExES score reports (if applicable), 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, hard copy, 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 (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); and
  • 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 – Three credits hours each in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies
      • Core Subjects 4-8 – Three 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
    • A score report showing a passing score on the appropriate TExES content exam.

Certification Requirements

Graduate students who successfully complete the first year of the Relay Houston Teacher Residency Program will be recommended for a probationary certificate. Graduate students who obtain employment as a full-time teacher of record, complete an internship of 180 days, or one academic year, and successfully complete all program requirements in the second year will be recommended for a Texas standard certificate.

To be eligible for a Texas standard certificate, residents must:

  • Pass the appropriate TExES Pre-Admissions Content Test (PACT);
  • Meet all program requirements including completion of 300 hours of coursework and training specifically designated as certification coursework;
  • Pass the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) EC-12 exam;
  • Create an online account with the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS), pay fees, submit fingerprints for a national criminal history background check and apply for the probationary certificate for which the candidate is recommended;
  • Obtain a teaching position as a full-time teacher of record (teaching internship) in the grade level and subject area of the target certificate and teach for 180 days (one academic year); and
  • Apply online for the standard certificate for which the candidate is recommended, and pay applicable fees.

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.