Tennessee

In Tennessee, Relay offers Master of Arts in Teaching programs with the option to pursue certification, as well as a non-degree licensure program. Relay students teaching across Tennessee enroll in Relay Memphis or Relay Nashville. 

Join our diverse community of practitioners focused on achievement, equity, and well-being of students and teachers.

Our Programs

Relay offers a variety of practice-based programs where aspiring and current teachers develop their skills to ensure that all students thrive.

Graduate Degree

Master of Arts in Teaching

  • Teaching Residency
  • MAT Degree
  • Licensure Option

Audience

Aspiring Teachers

Duration

2 years

Credits

32-39

Tuition & Fees

$12,000 per year
-$6,000 per year in Segal Americorps Education Awards or Relay Residency Scholarship

$6,000
estimated net cost per year

Learn more about financial aid options on the Types of Aid page

DEGREE PROGRAMS

Elementary 

Secondary ELA

Secondary Math

Secondary Sciences

Secondary Social Studies

Early Childhood Special Education

Special Education

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

LICENSURE ENDORSEMENT AREAS

TN Elementary Education K-5

TN English/Language Arts 6-8

TN English/Language Arts 6-12

TN Mathematics 6-8

TN Mathematics 6-10

TN Mathematics 6-12

TN Science 6-8

TN Biology 6-12

TN Chemistry 6-12

TN Physics 6-12

TN Earth Science 6-12

TN Social Studies 6-8

TN History 6-12

TN Government 6-12

TN Geography 6-12

TN Economics 6-12

TN Psychology 9-12

TN Sociology 9-12

TN Special Education Interventionist K-8

TN Integrated Early Childhood Education Pre-K-3

TN Special Education Interventionist 6-12

TN English as a Second Language Pre-K-12

Graduate Degree

Master of Arts in Teaching

  • MAT Degree
  • Licensure Option

Audience

For current teachers

Duration

2 years

Credits

32-39

Tuition & Fees

$11,500
per year

Learn more about eligibility criteria, financial aid options, and payment plans on the Types of Aid page

DEGREE PROGRAMS

Elementary 

Secondary ELA

Secondary Math

Secondary Sciences

Secondary Social Studies

Early Childhood Special Education

Special Education

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

LICENSURE ENDORSEMENT AREAS

TN Elementary Education K-5

TN English/Language Arts 6-8

TN English/Language Arts 6-12

TN Mathematics 6-8

TN Mathematics 6-10

TN Mathematics 6-12

TN Science 6-8

TN Biology 6-12

TN Chemistry 6-12

TN Physics 6-12

TN Earth Science 6-12

TN Social Studies 6-8

TN History 6-12

TN Government 6-12

TN Geography 6-12

TN Economics 6-12

TN Psychology 9-12

TN Sociology 9-12

TN Special Education Interventionist K-8

TN Integrated Early Childhood Education Pre-K-3

TN Special Education Interventionist 6-12

TN English as a Second Language Pre-K-12

Alternative Certification

Tennessee Job-Embedded Licensure Program

  • Licensure

Audience

current teachers

Duration

1 year (3 or 4 terms)

Credits

18-24

Tuition & Fees

$11,500
per year

Learn more about financial aid options on the Types of Aid page

PROGRAMS

Elementary 

Secondary ELA

Secondary Math

Secondary Sciences

Secondary Social Studies

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

LICENSURE ENDORSEMENT AREAS

TN Elementary Education K-5

TN English/Language Arts 6-8

TN English/Language Arts 6-12

TN Mathematics 6-8

TN Mathematics 6-10

TN Mathematics 6-12

TN Science 6-8

TN Biology 6-12

TN Chemistry 6-12

TN Physics 6-12

TN Earth Science 6-12

TN Social Studies 6-8

TN History 6-12

TN Government 6-12

TN Geography 6-12

TN Economics 6-12

TN Psychology 9-12

TN Sociology 9-12

TN English as a Second Language Pre-K-12

The Relay Approach

Relay is honored to partner with Tennessee’s largest school districts in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville, as well many public charter school networks, and we are eager to continue working in collaboration with schools and districts on their long-term strategy for teacher recruitment and development. Our work in Tennessee launched with the founding of our Memphis campus in 2015, expanded with the launch of our Nashville campus in 2016, and starting in 2022 will expand to Knoxville. According to the Tennessee State Board of Education’s Teacher Prep Report Card, Relay is one of the top producers in the state of diverse educators and educators working in high-need subject areas, including Math, Science, Special Education, and English as a Second Language. 

Faculty

Relay has nearly 200 experienced, supportive faculty across our campuses. Here is one example of a faculty member who teaches and advises our Tennessee students:

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“ ‘Only the educated are free.’- Epictetus. This philosophy fuels my passion and purpose for teaching graduate students. As teachers, we can influence or inhibit the liberation of the young minds we meet in our classrooms. When I see this philosophy take root in my graduate students, I am encouraged by the work they will do on behalf of the children we serve.”

- Lequite Manning, Department Chair of Clinical Practice

Lequite Manning is the Department Chair of Clinical Practice and Residency for Relay Graduate School of Education and will serve as the Clinical Practice Director for the state of Tennessee. Her expertise ranges from elementary teacher, principal, and Instructional Leadership Director specializing in coaching principals, building positive school and organizational cultures, and change management. She will graduate with an Ed.D in Leadership in School Reform in December 2022.

School and District Partners

Relay partners with over 25 public school districts and systems across Tennessee. Here is just a sample:

  • Memphis-Shelby County Schools
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Knox County Schools
  • Freedom Preparatory Academy
  • Promise Academy
  • KIPP Nashville
  • LEAD Public Schools
  • Valor Collegiate Academies
Teacher Recruitment Partners

Man Up Teacher Fellowship

Relay partners with Man Up Teacher Fellowship to support and develop male teachers of color looking to become excellent educators for their students. Learn more.

Teach For America - Nashville 

Relay partners with Teach For America - Nashville to provide high quality training, coaching, and support to TFA corps members through Relay's Alternative Licensure and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs. Learn more.

Regulations and Policies Specific To Tennessee

Credits earned at the Relay Graduate School of Education (Relay) may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by Relay. You should obtain confirmation that Relay will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at Relay to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at Relay prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from Relay to another educational institution may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at Relay if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of Relay and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at Relay before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.

You may access the full Tennessee Transferability of Credits disclosure here.

Contact Details
Memphis

Relay Memphis

1350 Concourse Ave, Suite 434

Memphis, TN 38104

Executive Director: Arik Shur

Email: Memphis@relay.edu

Nashville

Relay Nashville

1108 McKennie Avenue

Nashville, TN 37206

Executive Director: Arik Shur

Email: Nashville@relay.edu

For School or School System Leaders

Relay can help you develop your aspiring and current teachers to gain the vital skills and credentials needed to transform student lives.

See the Contact Us tab for how to connect with Relay in Tennessee.

For Aspiring or Current Teachers

Interested in finding out more about Relay’s programs? Learn more about the process by filling out this interest form. A team member will reach out to you!