Graduate Teaching Fellowship


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In partnership with the Relay Graduate School of Education, the KIPP Texas Public Schools Graduate Teaching Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for aspiring teachers to learn alongside mentor teachers, while earning a master’s degree in teaching and a Texas teaching certificate. This prestigious, paid, two-year fellowship immerses Fellows in intensive training through coursework and deliberate practice with a gradual on-ramp into teaching. Paired with master teachers during their first year, Fellows gradually take on more instructional responsibilities before stepping into the classroom full time their second year in the program.

KIPP Texas Public Schools Graduate Teaching Fellowship Overview

  • The fellowship is for those who are excited to earn a master’s degree while honing their teaching skills and craft.
  • Fellows are placed in elementary (grades PK-4) and secondary math, science, social studies and English language arts (grades 5-12) classrooms, in either Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio.
  • Relay Graduate School of Education classes meet several times a month and include an online component.
  • All applicants should hold a four-year degree by June 2020 with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  • The fellowship is designed as a pathway to a lead teaching position at KIPP Texas Public Schools.
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We are looking for people with a passion for education and a call to serve students from underserved communities. Candidates must meet the following requirements in order to apply:

  • Hold a four-year degree from an accredited university with a minimum 2.75 GPA by June 2020
  • Meet the following credit hour requirements (certification-seeking candidates only):
    • Elementary and middle school candidates: A total of 12 university credit hours from any of the following areas: math, English, science and/or social studies
    • High school math candidates: At least 15 university credit hours in math (i.e. calculus, algebra, statistics, etc. finance and engineering classes do not apply)
    • High school English candidates: At least 12 university credit hours in English or writing classes
    • High school science candidates: At least 15 university credit hours in core science classes
    • High school social studies candidates: At least 12 university credit hours in core social studies classes (history, government, economics, etc.)
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Application Process & Deadlines

  • Round Application Day Final Selection Day Offer Notification
  • Round: 1 Application Day: October 7, 2019 Final Selection Day: November 4, 2019 Offer Notification: November 5, 2019
  • Round: 2 Application Day: November 4, 2019 Final Selection Day: December 16, 2019 Offer Notification: December 17, 2019
  • Round: 3 Application Day: December 9, 2019 Final Selection Day: January 27, 2020 Offer Notification: January 28, 2020
  • Round: 4 Application Day: January 21, 2020 Final Selection Day: March 2, 2020 Offer Notification: March 4, 2020
  • Round: 5 Application Day: February 24, 2020 Final Selection Day: April 13, 2020 Offer Notification: April 14, 2020
  • Round: 6 Application Day: March 30, 2020 Final Selection Day: May 18, 2020 Offer Notification: May 19, 2020
  • Round: 7 Application Day: May 22, 2020 Final Selection Day: June 11, 2020 Offer Notification: June 12, 2020

Fellowship Benefits

There are many benefits to our Fellows who participate in the Graduate Teaching Fellowship, including:

  • A Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from the Relay Graduate School of Education
  • Texas teaching certificate (certification in Texas typically costs upwards of $4,000, but is wrapped into the cost of the program with the Fellowship)
  • A full-time, paid job both years with an opportunity to learn how to teach within KIPP
  • Extensive training to enter the classroom more prepared to be a highly effective teacher
  • Lead teaching job in the second year of the program
  • Enrollment in KIPP Texas benefits, including full medical, dental, and vision plans, in addition to many other perks including access to childcare

Fellows of this program will receive more than $100,000 in salary and tuition assistance over the two years:

  • Fellows of this program will receive more than $100,000 in salary and tuition assistance over the two years: $28,500
  • Year 1 Salary $30,000
  • Year 2 Salary $53,000 – $56,000
  • Fellow’s Contribution to Master's Degree (Paid in 2nd Year) -$8,000
  • Total Program Value $103,500 – $106,500

*Fellows will pay $8,000 and all out-of-pocket costs come in the second year. Financial aid packages vary by individual, but through scholarships and financial aid provided by Relay, KIPP, and other sources, all other program costs will be covered. Fellows are also eligible for loan deferment.

Relay Graduate School of Education

All KIPP Graduate Teaching Fellows enroll in the Relay Graduate School of Education to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching. Relay’s groundbreaking teacher preparation program offers a unique and powerful pathway for aspiring teachers to begin a long-term career in the classroom.

During the two-year program, Fellows experience a structured and gradual on-ramp into the profession, complete a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree, and, have the opportunity to earn a Texas teaching certificate. Required Relay graduate coursework includes:

  • A two week-long summer term before the first year and between the first and second year of the program.
  • Two weeknight session each month, for core instruction
  • One Saturday session each month OR two weeknights each month, for instruction specific to grade level/subject
  • Approximately 8-10 hours of online coursework monthly
  • Frequent observation of the Fellow in the classroom by Relay’s dean and other faculty

To learn more about the Relay Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum, click here.

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Additional Support in Year 1

Relay builds upon the M.A.T. experience by providing Fellows access to a high-level curriculum in addition to four elements proven to support aspiring educators.

Deliberate Practice

Practice is the most promising pathway to excellent teaching. Deliberate practice — that is, practice with a focus on the concrete and specific teaching skills that maximize impact in the classroom — is a cornerstone of the Fellowship experience. Each week Fellows are released from their teaching responsibilities for three-hour Deliberate Practice sessions to develop and refine their teaching skills.

Gradual On-Ramp to Teaching

The Fellowship provides Fellows with a carefully structured, gradual on-ramp to teaching as their skills and effectiveness increase during the first year. As they develop their skills and the school year progresses, Fellows teach more often and take on more responsibilities in the classroom.


Because Relay’s programs focus on performance, there are multiple performance assessments and several advancement “gateways” during the first year, which help Relay faculty determine if the Fellow is making adequate progress toward becoming a full-time teacher.

Support from Fellow Advisors

Each Fellow is paired with an Advisor on campus who mentors and supports them during the first year of the program. The Fellow Advisor provides a window into teaching and the curriculum and culture of the partner school while assisting Fellows’ development by modeling, co-teaching, and planning together.

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