Relay Teaching Residency: Denver

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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 Denver only accepts applications to the Teaching Residency program through partnerships with local schools. Applicants must accept an official offer from one of our partner schools in order to be eligible to apply to the Relay Denver Teaching Residency.

Applicants invited to apply to the Relay Denver Teaching Residency 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:

  • Applicant information, including education and employment information;
  • A resume;
  • An essay;
  • Contact information for at least one recommender, whom Relay will contact;
  • 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 (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

Graduate students who wish to pursue alternative licensure will have to demonstrate content knowledge during the admissions process. 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.

Applicants who attended an educational institution outside of the United States must submit an official hard copy transcript in the institution’s sealed envelope to Relay AND have  a course-by-course conversion of the international transcript translated into the American system by WES (, or another accredited Foreign Credential Evaluators (find a list here:

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

  • Prioritize sending a copy of an official undergraduate transcript demonstrating that a baccalaureate degree was conferred;
  • Follow up with recommenders to ensure they complete Relay’s online prompt;
  • Monitor their application status, including Relay's receipt of transcripts and recommendations, by logging into the admissions portal and visiting the Admissions Checklist under "Supplemental Materials;"
  • Look for an email informing them of our admissions decision; and, if admitted, log in to the admissions portal and accept our offer of admissions and the terms of their admissions agreement.

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. Denver: 2-Year M.A.T. Degree

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

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

Admissions Criteria

To be considered for admission to the Relay Teaching Residency program, applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Full-time employment as a teacher-in-residence at a Relay Denver partner school in the 2016-2017 school year. If employment is terminated, graduate students have one month to regain employment as a K-12 teacher before he or she is at risk of being administratively withdrawn from the program;
  • An official, hard or electronic, degree-conferred undergraduate transcript that shows proof of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education; and
  • 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).*
  • Robust content knowledge, as demonstrated by one of the following criteria: 
    • A major in, or closely related to, the intended teaching field. OR
    • A passing score on the appropriate PLACE or Praxis II Content test. If the applicant has not yet taken the PLACE or Praxis II, he or she can provide an upcoming test date. OR
    • 24 content hours in the field, pursuant to CDE content area worksheet requirements.

*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 participationenrollment. For more information, please view our non-matric policy & FAQ.

Certification Requirements

Relay Teaching Residents will be eligible to apply for a Colorado Initial Teacher License after successful completion of Year 1 coursework (inclusive of the Summer 2 term).

In order to seek certification at this campus, the state requires that you hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Search your undergraduate institution in the College Source Online database to determine if it is regionally accredited. If it is not, contact the Dean’s Office at your Relay campus for guidance.

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.