Relay Teaching Residency: New York

A Relay professor points to board during 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.

Male Teacing Resident shares a response during class.

During the two-year program, teaching residents experience a structured and gradual on-ramp into the profession, complete a master’s degree and become qualified for a full-time teaching position at a high-performing public school in New York City. In their first year, teaching residents immerse themselves in their schools, working directly with students under the close supervision of a master Resident Advisor 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 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 New York state teaching certificate and Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

Relay works closely with some of the strongest public schools, charter networks and other educational organizations in the United States — including Achievement First, KIPP NYC and Blue Engine — to place residents in dynamic and supportive public schools in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx. We’re particularly interested in applicants who graduated from New York 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

Teaching Residents practice their teching during a Deliberate Practice session.