YES Prep Public Schools

Relay Teaching Residency

The Relay Teaching Residency is a two-year program that leads to state certification and a Master of Arts (MA) in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. 
During YEAR 1, the Relay Resident is employed as an apprentice and receives support from Relay and a Resident Advisor. In YEAR 2, the Relay Resident is hired in a teaching role, while completing coursework for their MA and certification​. 
Classwork and courses are scheduled to avoid school conflicts, with the exception of Deliberate Practices (every Thursday from 1 - 4 pm).
Relay Resident will also earn a full-time, salaried position plus benefits from YES Prep in your second year of the residency.

Application Process and Deadlines

To be considered for admission into the Relay Teaching Residency, applicants must:​

  • Secure a full-time resident position in a grade and subject that matches their intended Relay program of study for the upcoming school year
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or higher
  • Submit all transcripts, including an official degree-conferred undergraduate transcript that shows proof of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education (additional considerations for transcripts outside of the USA)
  • Meet the transcript and exam requirements
Relay Admission Process
  1. Apply on our YES Prep website and the Relay/GSE Graduate School of Education website 
  2. Complete the Teacher Programs Interest Form
  3. Complete an interview with the YES Prep and Relay hiring teams 
  4. Complete all requested documents, enroll in Relay's coursework and prepare for YES Prep Orientation

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To be considered for admission into the Relay Teaching Residency, applicants must:​

  1. Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale​
  2. Transcripts demonstrating evidence of minimum credit hours in:​
  • Core subjects EC-6 or core subjects 4-8: 12 credit hours in English, math, science and/or social studies​
  • ELA & reading 7-12: 12 credit hours in English​
  • Math 7-12: 15 credit hours in math​
  •  Science 7-12: 15 credit hours in science​
  • OR a score report showing a passing score on the appropriate TExES content test

3. For additional information, visit the Prospective Students - Texas page

Certification Categories 

  • Core Subjects EC-6 (must take STR)
  • Core Subjects 4-8 (must take STR)
  • All secondary content areas:
    • English Language Arts 4-8 (must take STR) and English Language Arts 7-12
    • Mathematics 4-8 and Mathematics 7-12
    • Science 4-8 and Science 7-12
    • Social Studies 4-8 and Social Studies 7-12


Research suggests that candidates who participate in a teaching residency are:​

  • More diverse​
  • More likely to teach hard-to-fill subjects​
  • More likely to stay in the classroom for at least five years (compared to other new teachers)​
  • Have a comparable (and sometimes greater) impact on student achievement
Residency Benefits for YES Prep
  • Will serve as a recruitment pipeline for highly trained teachers​
  • Creates an opportunity for our high-performing teachers to develop into leaders​
  • Residents will earn a Master of Arts in Teaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education and their Texas teacher certificate​
  • Residents will receive extensive training from Relay faculty and program 
Relay Residency

Year 1: Paid $30,000 with tuition support and housing stipend

Year 2: Full-time teacher with salary


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