Note: This article is intended for graduate students entering the two-year Relay Teaching Residency program in Summer 2021. Graduate students in the one-year MAT for Experienced Teachers program are not eligible to apply for certification through Relay DC.
Welcome to the Relay Washington, DC Teaching Residency! While enrolled in this program, all Residents will be working towards both the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and Washington, DC teaching certification.
Please block approximately 30 mins to read through the information below about the certification process and how to get started with the process. Know that we will talk about certification regularly over the course of the program, and that you should email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. We are here to support you!
1. Why should I get certified?
Please read this document, which explains the importance of becoming certified.
2. What exams do I need to take to become certified?
You'll find your certification steps listed here. We strongly recommend that you make a copy of that template, update it regularly, and keep it close during your time with Relay! We'll ask you to review it with your advisors over your time with Relay.
3. How will I reach this goal? (What exam study resources are there? How will Relay faculty support me? How will I pay for the exams?)
You'll find study resources and information on financing your exams in the Certification Milestones document linked above. While your faculty advisor will check in with you regularly regarding the certification process, we strongly encourage you to proactively reach out with any questions about Praxis exams, making time to study, or anything else related to the certification process.