Relay Teaching Residency: Nashville

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.

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During the two-year program, residents experience a structured and gradual on-ramp into the profession, complete the master’s degree, and become qualified for a full-time teaching position in Nashville.

In their first year, residents immerse themselves in their schools, working directly with students under the close supervision of a Resident Advisor. Residents simultaneously enroll at Relay, where they take classes on core teaching techniques and content-specific instruction, and then rehearse those techniques and receive expert feedback during weekly Deliberate Practice sessions. Successful first-year residents transition into lead teaching roles in the second year of the program, when they complete a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Relay.

Upon completion of the program, 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 public school. Successful residents emerge from the program with a Tennessee teaching certificate and Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

Relay works closely with some of the strongest district schools, public charter networks, and other educational organizations in the United States to place residents in dynamic and supportive public schools in Nashville. We’re particularly interested in applicants who graduated from Metro Nashville schools. Prospective students who have not yet secured a position at a Nashville partner school are encouraged to apply for the Relay Teaching Residency placement pilot.


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