Relay is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) (3624 Market Street, Suite 2 West, Philadelphia, PA 19104). MSCHE is recognized by the United States Department of Education as an institutional accrediting agency for institutions of higher education. Relay was initially accredited in 2012, and in 2017 MSCHE acted to reaffirm its accreditation status and commend the institution on its self-study process. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025–2026.
Relay is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th St NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 223-0077,http://www.caepnet.org/. CAEP is a programmatic accrediting agency for educator preparation programs and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Relay was granted full accreditation for its initial and advanced-level programs with CAEP in 2020 with no stipulations or areas for improvement.
Relay was granted a charter in 2011 by the Board of Regents in the state of New York for its postsecondary education programs at its New York City campus. New York also serves as Relay’s home state for participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) as outlined in the subsequent section.
State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
Relay was approved to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) on May 31, 2018, by the New York State Education Department, which acts as the SARA State Portal Entity for the state of New York. SARA is a voluntary, interstate reciprocity agreement that establishes comparable standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education. As a result of Relay’s participation in SARA, Relay may offer distance education programs in SARA member states. SARA only applies to distance education and does not cover instruction provided on the ground at any Relay campus.
Relay Graduate School of Education is not required to be authorized by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to enroll California residents into its online programs pursuant to California Education Code (CEC) section 94801.5(c).
Relay is authorized to operate and grant degrees in the state of Colorado by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
Relay is authorized to operate as an institution of higher learning in the state of Connecticut by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education.
Relay has full approval for degree-granting authority by the Delaware Department of Education and to offer courses, programs of courses and/or degrees in the state of Delaware.
District of Columbia
Relay is licensed by the District of Columbia Higher Education Learning Commission to offer courses or instruction leading to the award of certificates, diplomas, or degrees in the District of Columbia.
Relay Graduate School of Education is authorized under the nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990.
Relay Graduate School of Education is authorized to operate as a post-secondary educational institution by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, IL 62701-1377, www.ibhe.org
Relay is authorized to operate in the state of Indiana by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education (101 W Ohio Street, Suite 670, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984).
Relay is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the state of Louisiana. Licenses are renewed by the state Board of Regents every two years. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.
Relay is licensed by the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education to offer programs in New Jersey.
Relay is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation of minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.
Relay is legally authorized to operate and grant degrees in Texas by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
For more information about Relay’s authorizations, see Appendix A. To review accreditation and authorization documentation or to request information on contacting any agency that regulates the institution, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educator Preparation Program Approvals
Relay offers state-approved educator preparation programs (EPPs) in the following states: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and the District of Columbia. Students located in a state not listed may be able to enroll in and complete a Relay educator preparation program as an out-of-state certification/licensure candidate. See Professional Licensure Disclosures for information on Relay programs that meet educational requirements for licensure and Certification/Licensure Pathways for information on out-of-state program completion and out-of-state certification/licensure reciprocity.