Relay Residency

In partnership with the Relay Graduate School of Education, the KIPP Texas Public Schools Relay Residency 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 residency immerses Residents in intensive clinical training through coursework and clinical practice with a gradual on-ramp into teaching. Paired with experienced  teachers during their first year, Residents gradually take on more instructional responsibilities before stepping into the classroom full time their second year in the program.

KIPP Texas Public Schools Relay Residency Overview

  • The residency is for those who are excited to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching while honing their teaching skills and craft.
  • Residents 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 virtually several times a month.
  • The residency is designed as a pathway to a lead teaching position at KIPP Texas Public Schools.


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:

  • Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a preferred GPA between 2.5 – 4.0 by July of current year.
  • If undergraduate GPA is below 2.50, the applicant must have earned a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.00 or higher to be eligible for the residency program.
  • Meet the following credit hour requirements:
    • 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.)
teacher using whiteboard

Application Process & Deadlines

Online Application

First Round Interview

Second Round Interview *All Interviews will be virtual

Offer Notification

  • Application Deadline Interview Day Decision Day
  • Application Deadline: February 8, 2023 Interview Day: February 15, 2023 Decision Day: February 16, 2023
  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2023 Interview Day: March 22, 2023 Decision Day: March 23, 2023
  • Application Deadline: April 5, 2023 Interview Day: April 12, 2023 Decision Day: April 13, 2023
  • Application Deadline: Interview Day: Applications coming late fall 2023. Reference: 2022-23 timeline. Decision Day:
  • Application Deadline: Interview Day: Decision Day:

Residency Benefits

There are many benefits to our Residents who participate in the Relay Residency, including:

  • A Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from the Relay Graduate School of Education
  • Texas teaching certificate (most associated costs for certification are included in the program with the exception of costs for certification exams)
  • 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

Residents of this program will receive a salary and tuition assistance during the two years in the program:

  • Residents Receive Full Salary and Benefits as a Full Time KIPP Texas Employee:
  • Year 1 Resident Salary $40,000
  • Year 2 Lead Teacher Salary $53,000 – $56,000
  • KIPP Texas contributes to Residents’ first year tuition costs, interest free, to limit out of pocket expenses in first year of the program
  • Resident’s contribution to Master’s Degree $27,200 total or $14,210 total (including tuition and fees and after earning AmeriCorps Segal Award and applying award towards Relay tuition)
  • As a student in a grant-degree bearing program, you are eligible to receive additional aid (i.e. Direct Loans or TEACH grants) to lower your tuition

*Contingent on eligibility and enrollment with Americorps, some restrictions may apply.

**Residents will pay $12,000* out-of-pocket tuition costs over the duration the program. 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. Residents are also eligible for loan deferment.


 *Tuition cost pending final approval from Relay Graduate School of Education.


Relay Graduate School of Education

The KIPP Texas Relay Residency is designed for new teachers to gain first hand teaching experience and to obtain their masters degree from Relay Graduate School of Education. Any offers for this role are contingent on applicant’s acceptance and enrollment into Relay’s graduate school.

During the two-year program, Residents 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 summer term taking place during July and August before the first year and between the first and second year of the program
  • Classes each month for core instruction and instruction specific to grade level/subject. Some sessions held during the day and others held on a weeknight.
  • Approximately 8-10 hours of online coursework monthly
  • Frequent observation of the Resident in the classroom by faculty Relay faculty.
  • Relay is one of the largest and most diverse educator preparation programs in the United States.75% of of Relay residents self-identify as BIPOC. We offer practice-based and equity-centered programs to educators at every stage of their development. Together with our alumni base of over 10,000, Relay is reaching over one million PK-12 students nationwide.
  • 92 % of Relay Alumni agree or strongly agree that Relay successfully prepared them to strengthen their schools’ teaching and learning systems and practices.
  • The 100% online format allows you the flexibility to maximize your time and engage in a high-quality program.

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

teacher talking

Additional Support in Year 1

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

Clinical Practice

Practice is the most promising pathway to excellent teaching. Clinical 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 Residency experience. Each week Residents are released from their teaching responsibilities for three-hour Clinical Practice sessions to develop and refine their teaching skills.

Gradual On-Ramp to Teaching

The Residency provides Residents 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, Residents 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 Resident is making adequate progress toward becoming a full-time teacher.

Support from Resident Advisors

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