Relay Teaching Residency: New York

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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 New York only accepts applications to the Relay Teaching Residency program through our partnerships with other education organizations (including Achievement First, Ascend, Blue Engine, Brooklyn Lab, Coney Island Prep, Democracy Prep, Great Oaks Charter School, Harlem Children’s Zone, KIPP, and Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School). Applicants must receive an official offer from one of those partners in order to be eligible to apply to the Relay New York Teaching Residency. Relay New York is not currently able to assist applicants with finding a residency placement. Please contact the partners listed above to learn more about applying for a residency position.

Applicants who are invited to apply to Relay must submit a completed Admissions application (called: “ADMISSIONS Application for Teachers seeking an M.A.T. and/or Teacher Certification”), which includes the following components:

  • Applicant information, including education and employment information;
  • Upload MMR immunization records;
  • Answer questions about meningitis history; 
  • A resume;
  • An essay;
  • Contact information for at least one recommender, whom Relay will contact;
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (even if a degree was not earned from all of them)

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, which includes degree-conferred transcript(s) and recommendations. The Office of Enrollment Services will evaluate only completed applications. Applicants must officially accept their offer of admissions to enroll.

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 complete 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.

After candidates accept their admissions offer and enroll at Relay, they must then complete the following additional steps in order to maintain enrollment at Relay:

  • DUE OCTOBER 1, 2017
    • Upload a valid GRE score report (reference the ETS website to know if your score report is valid).
  • DUE JANUARY 20, 2018, on the "NY MAT Certification and Immunization Profile
    • ​Proof of completing NY state exams and workshops (see full list of exams and workshops in "ADMISSIONS CRITERIA" section below)

The “NY M.A.T. Certification and Immunization Profile" includes immunization history and proof of passing exams and workshops.  It can be found on Relay’s admissions portal here.

Applicants must register for and take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (using Relay School of Education ETS code RA 7889). Applicants should save their official score report as a PDF for reporting. It generally takes 4 weeks to receive test scores. Please take this reporting time into account when registering for the GRE. We strongly encourage applicants to take the GRE by the application deadline on July 1. If we do not receive GRE scores by October 1, 2017, students may go on a hold.

Step-by-Step Application Guide

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. New York: 2-Year M.A.T. and Transitional B Certification

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

Q. Are you applying to pursue state certification through Relay?
A. Yes

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

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

To be considered for admissions into the Relay New York Teaching Residency program, applicants must have:

  • Secured a full-time teacher-in-residence position at a partner New York City public school for the 2016-17 school year;
  • Maintained 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);
  • An official, hard copy, degree-conferred undergraduate transcript that shows proof of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education;
  • Be eligible to hold a Transitional B teaching certificate in a pathway that matches their program of study at Relay and teaching placement (Relay's Certification Highlights Guide shows how Relay majors align to certification areas and teaching placements); and
  • Adhere to New York State Education Department’s credit requirements for certification (Relay's Certification Highlights Guide shows credit requirements for each Relay program and certification area):
    • All students must demonstrate a distribution of liberal arts requirements prior to graduation from Relay (3 credits in each of the following: English, Math, Science, and Social Sciences).
      • Students in the Adolescent Teaching Exceptional Learners (SPED) program must demonstrate 5, rather than 3, credits in in each of the following: English, Math, Science, and Social Sciences).
    • To enroll in a subject-specific grades 5-9 or grades 7-12 program, applicants must show proof of 30 credits in that subject (12 of those credits can be for coursework that applies the subject).
      • If applicants have at least 15 credits in that subject, they can be admitted on the condition that they fulfill remaining credit before graduating from Relay.
      • If applicants do not have at least 15 credits in that subject or do not want to make up for those credits, they should consider the grades 5-9 Generalist program.
      • Students in the grades 5-9 Generalist program are eligible for a grades 5-9 Generalist certificate and concentrate in a subject at Relay (either in Math, ELA, Science or Social Studies) that matches their teaching placement.

By November 1, Relay will review transcripts submitted with the application process and notify students of deficiencies they must satisfy before graduating. Students with credit deficiencies should reference Relay’s credit guide (here and also available to enrolled students on GEN-101 on the Course Platform), which contains resources for satisfying credit. Students submit proof of earning credit outside of their Relay program to Relay to graduate.

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

Certification Requirements

In order to enroll at Relay and to teach in New York State, residents must hold a Transitional B certificate that corresponds to their major at Relay and teaching placement.

Learn more about teacher certification and Relay by reviewing Relay's Certification Highlights Guide and visiting our corresponding Transitional B FAQ page, which includes details on exams and workshops, setting up a TEACH account, program codes, and fingerprint clearance.

Failure to submit required documents to Relay and New York State Education Department (NYSED) will result in Relay account holds and potential loss of employment. Account holds block access to Relay’s Course Platform, which prevents students from completing coursework and place students in danger of dismissal. Individuals with additional questions about the certification process should contact their K-12 school leaders or New York State at 518-474-3901 (press 5 to speak with a representative) for additional support.


In order to maintain enrollment at Relay and avoid an account hold, students must submit the following documentation using Relay’s certification profile (called “NY MAT Certification and Immunization Profile"):

Using New York State’s TEACH website, students must then complete the following:

  • Create an account on New York State’s TEACH website;
  • Apply for  Transitional B certificate(s) that matches Relay major and teaching placement; and
  • Receive fingerprint clearance.

Upon graduation, pending completion of other state requirements, like certification exams, students are qualified to apply for a New York State Initial or Professional teaching certificate.

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.