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2 - New York Eligibility and Admissions Requirements
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In order to apply to a program at Relay, prospective students must complete Relay’s admissions process.  Admission to Relay includes the following requirements:




Applicants who intend to seek certification in New York through Relay must also meet the New York GPA requirements for admission to an educator preparation program: 


Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all coursework previously attempted at an accredited institution of higher education from which the bachelor’s or graduate degree was conferred.


Applicants may apply to be admitted to Relay’s New York educator preparation programs via exception to Relay New York’s 3.00 GPA policy who have:

  • Earned a 3.0 GPA in their last 60 credit hours of their undergraduate program, or

  • Provide a personal statement via the application essay describing how they will contribute positively to the teaching profession.


Relay may admit up to 50% of applicants per program who meet the Relay institutional minimum GPA of 2.50 with an undergraduate or graduate GPA below the state minimum of 3.00. In addition to their GPA, Relay will evaluate the applicant’s admissions essay to determine eligibility for admission to Relay. 


Applicants who do not meet the above criteria and whose undergraduate GPA falls below Relay’s minimum GPA for admission of 2.50 may be prompted to have a secondary recommendation submitted that will be used to evaluate their eligibility for admission to Relay. Please Note: Relay can only admit a small number of students via this second recommendation exception. As of June 11, 2024, all GPA exceptions for applicants with a GPA under 2.50 have been distributed for New York applicants.


Bachelor's Degree


Applicants must provide Relay with transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including an official bachelor's degree-conferred transcript. Click here to read more about submitting transcripts to Relay.


Program-Aligned Instructional Role


Applicants must secure a program-aligned instructional role with one of our partners (see below).  If you have questions about whether or not your teaching position meets the criteria for admission to Relay, please reach out to [email protected].



Applicants must submit all application materials, including:

  • An up-to-date and polished resume;

  • A short essay on your commitment to teaching;

  • Contact information for one recommender, to whom Relay will reach out

Admissions Checklist(s)

Applicants must satisfy all admissions requirements listed on their Admissions Checklist(s).


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