Location 255 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604
Certificates Initial Certificate
Transitional B Certificate
Website relay.edu

Relay’s approach to training teachers and principals 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 that have the greatest impact on student learning and development.

Take your teaching to the next level with the Relay Master of Arts in Teaching program. Whether you are a novice teacher just entering the classroom or a veteran teacher with years of experience, the Relay MAT will enable you to advance your skills. Grounded in the practices of successful teachers and schools, the Relay MAT combines dynamic online and in-person learning with unmatched opportunities to apply new strategies. During this two-year master’s degree and state certification program*, you will gain the practical skills needed to support PK-12 student learning, while joining a cohort of outstanding peers and accelerating your career.

The Relay Teaching Residency is a two-year master’s degree program for talented, mission-driven people eager to launch a social justice career in teaching. Through the Residency, you earn a salary, master’s degree, certification, mentorship, and a diverse network of peers.


Teacher Candidates




Annual Master’s Tuition


Annual Residency

Scholarships and tuition assistance available include:

Financial aid comes in the form of institutional aid that Relay provides students and federal aid. Learn more here.


Relay practices a culturally responsive advisement model, getting to know each graduate student as an individuals. Academic advisors work one-on-one with advisees to apply, enroll, make programming decisions and navigate the NY state certification process. Advisors also work closely with school based mentors & support clinical supervision.

Support for Teachers of Color

Relay GSE highly values diversity and creates a cohort experience that is built around equity and inclusivity. Relay’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team designs and facilitates ongoing discussions and professional development sessions for faculty & staff. Additionally, the DEI Team works to review and revise all graduate coursework and curriculum through a DEI lens, including our focus on culturally responsive pedagogy. Relay also actively works to create a pipeline of diverse teacher candidates, with more that 60% of the graduate student body self-identifying as people of color.


Relay partners with Uncommon Schools, Renaissance School of the Arts & Vertus High School. We are looking to build out our Rochester CSD partnership in the future.