Relay Teaching Residency: Houston

Relay professor leads a class session for graduate students.

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.

Relay professor teaches a small group of graduate students.

During the two-year program, teaching residents experience a structured and gradual on-ramp into the profession, complete a master’s degree, earn a Texas standard certificate (if qualified) and obtain a full-time teaching position at a charter or district school in Houston.

In their first year, teaching residents immerse themselves in their schools, working directly with students under the close supervision of a Resident Advisor. 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 and earn their teaching certificate at Relay.

Upon completion, teaching residents will 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. Successful residents emerge from the program with a Texas standard certificate and Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

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


Acknowledgement of Support

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

Two graduate students work with manipulative during a Relay class.