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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 training through coursework and deliberate 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 2.75 – 4.0 by July 2022.
- 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.)
Application Process & Deadlines
First Round Interview
Second Round Interview *All Interviews will be virtual
- Application Deadline Interview Day Decision Day
- Application Deadline: October 29, 2021 Interview Day: November 10, 2021 Decision Day: November 11, 2021
- Application Deadline: November 30, 2021 Interview Day: December 8, 2021 Decision Day: December 9, 2021
- Application Deadline: December 7, 2021 Interview Day: December 15, 2021 Decision Day: December 16, 2021
- Application Deadline: February 23, 2022 Interview Day: March 9, 2022 Decision Day: March 10, 2022
- Application Deadline: March 31, 2022 Interview Day: April 13, 2022 Decision Day: April 14, 2022
- Application Deadline: May 13, 2022 Interview Day: May 25, 2022 Decision Day: May 26, 2022
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 more than $100,000 in salary and tuition assistance during the two years in the program:
- Residents of this program will receive more than $100,000 in salary and tuition assistance throughout the two years: $28,500
- Year 1 Salary $40,000
- Year 2 Salary $53,000 – $56,000
- Resident's Contribution to Master's Degree (Paid in 2nd Year) -$9,000
- Total Program Value $103,500 – $106,500
*Residents will pay $10,000* out-of-pocket tuition costs during the second year of 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
All KIPP Relay Residents 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, 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.
To learn more about the Relay Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum, click here.
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.
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 Residency experience. Each week Residents 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 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.