Texas

In Texas, Relay offers Master of Arts in Teaching programs with the option to pursue teacher certification, as well as a non-degree alternative certification program. Relay students teaching in Texas enroll in our Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, or San Antonio locations. Relay’s online programs for students outside of these metro regions are served by Relay San Antonio.

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
  • Certification Option

Audience

Aspiring Teachers

Duration

2 years

Credits

32-33

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 Education (32 credits)

Middle Grades Education (32 credits)

English Language Arts Education (32 credits)

Mathematics Education (32 credits)

Science Education (32 credits)

Social Studies Education (32 credits)

Certification ENDORSEMENT AREAS

TX Core Subjects with STR Grades (EC-6)

TX Core Subjects with STR Grades (4-8)

TX English Language Arts and Reading/ Social Studies with STR Grades (4-8)

TX Mathematics/Science Grades (4-8)

TX English Language Arts and Reading with STR Grades (4-8)

TX Mathematics Grades (4-8) 

TX Science Grades (4-8)

TX Social Studies Grades (4-8) 

TX English Language Arts and Reading with STR Grades (4-8)

TX English Language Arts and Reading Grades (7-12)

TX Mathematics Grades (4-8)

TX Mathematics Grades (7-12)

TX Science Grades (4-8)

TX Science Grades (7-12)

TX Social Studies Grades (4-8)

TX Social Studies Grades (7-12)

TX English as a Second Language Supplemental (+1 credit; 33 total)

Graduate Degree

Master of Arts in Teaching

  • MAT Degree
  • Certification option

Audience

For current teachers

Duration

2 years

Credits

18-32

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 Education (32 credits)

Middle Grades Education (32 credits)

English Language Arts Education (32 credits)

Mathematics Education (32 credits)

Science Education (32 credits)

Social Studies Education (32 credits)

Certification ENDORSEMENT AREAS

TX Core Subjects with STR Grades (EC-6)

TX Core Subjects with STR Grades (4-8)

TX English Language Arts and Reading/ Social Studies with STR Grades (4-8)

TX Mathematics/Science Grades (4-8)

TX English Language Arts and Reading with STR Grades (4-8)

TX Mathematics Grades (4-8) 

TX Science Grades (4-8)

TX Social Studies Grades (4-8) 

TX English Language Arts and Reading with STR Grades (4-8)

TX English Language Arts and Reading Grades (7-12)

TX Mathematics Grades (4-8)

TX Mathematics Grades (7-12)

TX Science Grades (4-8)

TX Science Grades (7-12)

TX Social Studies Grades (4-8)

TX Social Studies Grades (7-12)

TX English as a Second Language Supplemental (+1 credit; 33 total)

Alternative Certification

Texas Alternative Certification

  • Certification

Audience

Teach for America Corps Members

Duration

1 Year

Credits

18-20

Tuition & Fees

$11,500 in total 

-$4,500 Relay institutional aid

-$6,495 per year in Segal Americorps Education Awards or Relay Residency Scholarship

$550
estimated net cost per year

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

PROGRAMS

Elementary Education (18 credits)

Elementary Education + ESL Supplemental (20 credits)

Middle Grades Education (18 credits)

Middle Grades Education + ESL Supplemental (20 credits)

English Language Arts Education (18 credits)

English Language Arts Education + ESL Supplemental (20 credits)

Mathematics Education (18 credits)

Mathematics Education + ESL Supplemental (20 credits)

Science Education (18 credits)

Science Education + ESL Supplemental (20 credits)

Social Studies Education (18 credits)

Social Studies Education + ESL Supplemental (20 credits)

Certification ENDORSEMENT AREAS

TX Core Subjects with STR Grades (EC-6)

TX Core Subjects with STR Grades (4-8)

TX English Language Arts and Reading/ Social Studies with STR Grades (4-8)

TX Mathematics/Science Grades (4-8)

TX English Language Arts and Reading with STR Grades (4-8)

TX Mathematics Grades (4-8) 

TX Science Grades (4-8) 

TX Social Studies Grades (4-8)

TX English Language Arts and Reading with STR Grades (4-8)

TX English Language Arts and Reading Grades (7-12)

TX Mathematics Grades (4-8)

TX Mathematics Grades (7-12)

TX Science Grades (4-8)

TX Science Grades (7-12)

TX Social Studies Grades (4-8)

TX Social Studies Grades (7-12)

TX English as a Second Language Supplemental

The Relay Approach

After opening a campus in Houston in 2014, Relay Texas has expanded to Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and other surrounding areas, graduating over 600 students from every part of Texas including the metro areas, Permian Basin, El Paso, and Rio Grande Valley. The Relay Teaching Residency is the blueprint for a practice-based residency model, hosting the first residency symposium in Texas. Former Relay Texas residents are now resident advisors who are supporting and training new cohorts of residents.

Faculty

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

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“I love teaching future and new teachers because they just bring a freshness to teaching. They are excited and joyful about the teaching profession and have an unwavering love for PK-12 students. It is great taking this love, excitement, passion and freshness and centering on what really matters: equity in education of all learners. It is a tremendous honor to teach the next generation of teachers and I am lucky to be able to do this every single day.”

- Maria Faqier, Program Director for Texas

Maria Faqier is the Program Director for Texas. Before joining Relay, she served as a middle school teacher, high school teacher and high school administrator for 18 years. She holds a degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Our Lady of the Lake University, a degree in teaching with a concentration in math and science from the University of the Incarnate Word, and a degree in educational administration from Texas A&M San Antonio. Additionally, she is a Texas certified educator with certification in the following areas: Composite Science 8-12, Secondary Biology 6-12, ESL 6-12, Principal EC-12 and Superintendent EC-12. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her partner, her six grown children and her six Siberian huskies. She also serves in various community partnerships including the Si Se Puede School Board and My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio.

School and District Partners

Relay partners with over 10 public school systems and schools across Texas. Here is just a sample:

Houston
  • Aldine Independent School District
  • Alief Independent School District
  • KIPP Texas
  • Spring Branch Independent School District
  • YES Prep Public Schools
Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Chapel Hill - Lena Pope
  • IDEA Public Schools
  • KIPP Texas
  • Uplift Education Partners
San Antonio
  • IDEA Public Schools
  • Compass Rose Academies
  • KIPP Texas
  • Promesa Academy
  • San Antonio Preparatory Schools
Teacher Recruitment Partners

Teach for America

Relay partners with Teach For America - San Antonio to provide high-quality training, coaching, and support to TFA Corps Members. Corps Members can choose to enroll in Relay's Alternative Certification or Master's (with certification) programs.

TEACH for Houston 

Our partner, TEACH for Houston, is a program that provides free support to anyone who’s thinking about becoming a teacher. When you sign up, you get perks like 1-on-1 coaching, up to $100 back in fee reimbursements (including certification exam costs) and a chance to win a regional $1,000 scholarship.

To capitalize on the application fee reimbursement, you just have to create a TEACH for Houston account here before you apply to Relay. Once you have subscribed to TEACH for Houston and applied to Relay, you can submit your application fee reimbursement and apply for the TEACH for Houston scholarship!

Regulations and Policies Specific to Texas

Visit the Texas Policies page for information about:

  • Admissions Requirements
  • Program Completion Requirements
  • Criminal History Background Checks
  • EPP Performance
  • Supply and Demand for Educators in Texas
  • Grievance Policy & Complaints Process
  • Calendar of Program Activities
  • Transfer Credit
  • Credit for Military Service Member or Military Veteran Teacher Candidates
Contact Details
Houston

Relay Houston

7447 Harwin Dr., Suite 260A

Houston, TX 77036

Executive Director: Helen Hailemariam

Email: Houston@relay.edu 

Dallas-Fort Worth

Relay Dallas-Fort Worth

1600 E. Pioneer Parkway, Suite 500

Arlington, TX 76010

Executive Director: Helen Hailemariam

Email: DFW@relay.edu 

San Antonio

Relay San Antonio

1520 W Contour Dr.

San Antonio, TX 78212

Executive Director: Helen Hailemariam

Email: SanAntonio@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 Texas.

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!