Before you were accepted as a Relay Teaching Resident, a Relay staff member reviewed your transcript and compared your undergraduate class hours to the state requirements for teaching to determine the grade and content that you are eligible to teach. Your teaching eligibility combined with the needs of school partners at your campus are what determine the subject(s) and grade level(s) that you may be placed in.
While we acknowledge that you indicated your grade and content preferences, we also have to ensure that you are hired in a grade and content area that you are eligible to teach and meet the needs of our school partners and their students. We will work to meet your preferences, but ask that you are mindful of your teaching qualifications and flexible in being the best teacher you can be in some of our highest-needs schools.
Let’s use a candidate named John Doe as an example to explain this process.
If John Doe were interested in teaching in Atlanta, a Relay staff member would review his transcript, count how many credit hours he has in math, science, English, etc. and compare it to the Georgia state teaching content requirements. As a liberal arts major, John Doe may have taken 12 hours of math, 9 hours of English, 6 hours of biology, and 12 hours of history, along with a suite of other courses. However, because he does not meet the Georgia state requirement of 32 hours of history to teach high school content, he would not be eligible to teach secondary social studies. To that end, after careful review of his transcript, the Relay staff member will determine that John is eligible to teach elementary school and select middle school courses (such as 7th grade social studies).