Relay Connecticut

Relay Connecticut was approved as an educator preparation program in the fall of 2016 by the Connecticut State Department of Education to operate an Alternate Route to Certification Program.  The Relay Connecticut Alternate Route to Certification program is a part-time, non-credit bearing residency program designed for non-certified staff members employed within partner schools across the state of Connecticut. As an approved educator preparation program, Relay provides content-specific coursework for the certification of endorsement area(s). 

During year one of the program, candidates complete Relay coursework, and Relay provides robust support to aid our students in passing the various certification assessments (Praxis II, Foundations of Reading). During the second year of the program, candidates receive additional instructional coaching and support with completing edTPA, a robust portfolio assessment required by the state of Connecticut. 

Relay currently operates 18 campuses and serves teachers, school and systems leaders in 25 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, reaching nearly 5,000 educators.

  • Government/Nonprofit organization
  • New Haven, CT
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Relay Alternate Route to Certification Program
19 months
Program Duration
Program duration can vary based on the number of courses taken per semester, summer semester enrollment, as well as other factors
Program Format
Combination of In-person and online lessons
Aug. 01, 2020
Application Deadline
Program Info

Relay’s mission is to empower 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.

The Relay Connecticut Alternate Route to Certification program is a part time non-degree, non-credit bearing program designed for non-certified staff members employed with partner schools. Relay offers certification in Elementary Education (Grades 1-6), Secondary Math (Grades 7-12), Secondary Sciences (Grades 7-12) and Secondary English Language Arts (Grades 7-12).  Candidates who successfully complete the program will be eligible for a Connecticut Temporary Teaching Certificate and, upon successful completion the edTPA portfolio, candidates will be eligible to apply for their Initial Educators certificate.

The Program is designed to accommodate the demanding schedules of full-time non-certified staff members. In total, 40% of the coursework can be completed online at your own convenience and skill level. Weekly in-person classes focus on deepening an aspiring educator's understanding through deliberate practice with a group of passionate, dedicated peers. In addition to online coursework, teachers will attend regular in-person sessions. 

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Tuition & Fees
In State Tuition
Out of State Tuition
Application Fee
Cost Offsets
Students at Relay Connecticut have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with Relay Connecticut to see if you can, too!
$11,500 or more
Grants, Stipends, Scholarships

The tuition at Relay is $17,500 per year. While this is our published price, Relay is committed to ensuring that our programs are affordable for teachers, especially those teaching in high-needs schools. After institutional aid from Relay and/or AmeriCorps, the cost of Relay Connecticut program will not exceed $6,000 over the course of the 19 month program. 

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Grade Level
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
Subject Area(s)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English/Language Arts
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Science

Program Overview

This is a typical coursework scope and sequence for the Relay Teaching Residency program

  • Summer 1
  • Fall 1
  • Spring 1
  • Summer 2
  • First Year Lead Teaching

Program Hallmarks

  • Hands-On Experience
  • Preparation for Diverse Populations
  • Mentoring & Coaching
  • Commitment to Improvement
Total Enrollment
Entry GPA Min Grad Eligibility
Entry GPA Med
Program Completers
Acceptance Rate
  • Male
  • Female
  • 22%
  • 78%
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Asian
  • Black
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Two or more races
  • 0%
  • 4%
  • 41%
  • 14%
  • 0%
  • 33%
  • 8%
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