At Relay Graduate School of Education (Relay), we believe that becoming a great teacher or school leader is much like becoming a great musician or doctor. It takes continuous practice, feedback, and dedication. We give Relay students unparalleled opportunities not only to learn the techniques that will make them more effective but also to practice them with faculty and peers. The feedback they receive helps them refine their practice until they’re ready to perform with confidence in the classroom. Students emerge with the skills needed to embark on a career as a transformational educator and prepared to impact thousands of children.
Our approach to preparing teachers and school leaders is unique in the world of higher education. It begins with a curriculum rooted in pedagogical theory and grounded in evidence of what works best in schools. Our programs emphasize the specific teaching and instructional-leadership skills and mindsets that have the greatest impact on student learning and character development.
We also encourage teachers and principals to adopt a strong focus on personal character strengths and social and emotional learning skills that will help their students grow up to be happy, responsible citizens who show grit, love, integrity, and respect for others. Our programs are designed to help students support and reflect upon both academic and social-emotional measures of student growth.
To develop and lead our programs, Relay has turned to the teachers and school leaders who've enabled thousands of students to achieve exceptional academic and character growth. These passionate educators are driven by a desire to transform the lives of children. They share a deep commitment to bring out the best in their fellow teachers and principals. They are never far from PK–12 schools, and they’re our faculty members at Relay.
Relay’s mission is to teach teachers and school leaders to develop in all students the academic skills and strength of character needed to succeed in college and life. Our vision is to become the place where a new generation of continuously improving, mission-driven individuals can fulfill their destiny in the world’s greatest profession.
Relay was granted a charter by the New York State Board of Regents in 2011, becoming the first stand-alone graduate school of education to emerge in the state in more than eight decades.
Today, Relay is an accredited national nonprofit institution of higher education serving approximately 3,400 teachers and 500 school leaders across the United States. Our offerings include master’s degrees and certification programs for teachers, teaching Residents, and school leaders, fellowships for principals and school leaders, unique opportunities for college students to explore teaching, and online courses for members of the public.
Relay is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The Middle States Commission is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a regional accrediting agency for institutions of higher education. Relay also has programmatic accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the agency recognized by the United States Department of Education as the professional accrediting agency for teacher preparation programs.
State Authorization & Professional Licensure
Relay is authorized to operate as an institution of higher education and grant graduate-level degrees in Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Additionally, Relay offers approved educator preparation programs leading to teacher certification in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, D.C., and principal preparation programs in Pennsylvania and Texas. Please see State Authorization and Educator Preparation Approval for more information.