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Welcome to Relay!

WeLCOME Prospective Students

We could not be more excited that you may be joining Relay Graduate School of Education this year! As an incoming prospective student you will be embarking on a journey of personal and professional development in order to make a difference in your classroom and your community. We are committed to creating a diverse and dedicated community of educators across the country, offering master's degree and certification programs directed at making a deep impact in our PK-12 schools, and look forward to welcoming you into that community.

Enrolling in one of Relay's programs will involve embracing multiple roles as graduate student, PK-12 teacher, AmeriCorps member (if applicable), and active member of your community. Juggling all of these roles takes determination, skill, and preparation. To help set you up for success, Relay students, alumni, faculty, and staff have developed a variety of resources & tips. We recommend you use this website as you prepare for Relay's programs and the teaching profession. If at any point, you cannot find the answer you are looking for, we recommend you visit the Relay Support Center to search for articles pertaining to your topic of interest. We look forward to advising and supporting you along the way!

News of the week

Week of May 10th:

"All ABout RELAY"

"All About Relay" Video Series

We need a "relay" of great educators to make a difference in the lives of our students. As you consider and before you apply to a program at Relay Graduate School of education, take time to watch this series of five short videos telling you all about Relay and how you can join a diverse community of educators who foster a nurturing, high-quality, and culturally-responsive education for PK-12 students across the country.

Start with this introductory video and work your way through the subsequent ones below.

Why Teach, Why Relay

Programs & Campuses

It Takes a Relay

How to Apply & Support

Website Content

Applying to Relay - Information on Relay's Admissions Requirements

Working with Relay's Partners - Resources to prepare you to secure a job placement

Preparing for Relay - Resources to prepare you for Relay, including programs, transition, tuition and finances, and certification

Connecting with Students & Alumni - Get to know current students and alumni and receive a wealth of advice

Professional Development - Interactive on-demand sessions to help you get ready

Inspiration - Links to stories and resources to match your passion and excitement for teaching

Contact Us - Contact information for the Prospective Student Advising team

Staff Profiles

Brittany Gibson

Director of Prospective Student Advising

Leading the Prospective Student Advising Team, Brittany is laser focused on the prospective student experience.

Alma Maters: University of Texas at Austin & University of Washington - Seattle

Years at Relay: 4

Pamela Garza

Manager of Prospective Student Advising

Like a pre-program advisor, Pamela is your point of contact between confirmation and program start, for prospective students in San Antonio & Texas Online.

Alma Maters: The University of Texas-Pan American & The University of Texas at San Antonio

Years at Relay: 3

Office Hours:

  • Tuesday: 5:30-6:30pm CT

  • Thursday: 2-4pm CT

Fatumata Bah

Senior Coordinator of Prospective Student Advising

With experience in Student Financial Services, Fatumata is your point of contact between confirmation and program start, for prospective students in Dallas/Fort Worth & Houston.

Alma Mater: Stony Brook University

Years at Relay: 1

Office Hours:

  • Tuesday: 4:30-5:30pm CT

  • Friday: 9-11am CT

Lionel Thomas

Senior Coordinator of Prospective Student Advising

Expert in Relay policies and admissions support, Lionel is here to help prospective students across the country.

Alma Mater: Fashion Institute of Technology

Years at Relay: 3

Office Hours:

  • Monday: 10am-12pm & 2-4pm CT

  • Wednesday: 2-3pm & 4-5pm CT

  • Thursday: 2-4pm CT

Prospective Student Advising

At Relay, we approach our prospective student support through an advising model, building relationships full of empathy, cultural awareness, empowerment, and support. We are here to answer your questions and ensure you are on a pathway to success. Please sign up for our virtual office hours at or email us at We can't wait to connect with you!

Advisors can assist you on all things admissions experience. If you have a technical issue with the application or admissions checklist, please allow us 3-5 business days to resolve your issue.

Calendar Of Events

Key Terms

Placement - You are hired by a Relay school partner. Relay coordinates this process for prospective students in Texas.

Self-Placement - You independently apply directly to school partners.

Admissions - Process of assessing application qualifications, ensuring you meet the admissions requirements to enter Relay.

Enrollment - Process of you securing an offer of admissions and having signed the enrollment agreement.

Program Preparation - Certification, transition, and financial prep activities and information shared prior to Summer I.

Transition - The time and process between admission and program start that includes logistical and financial preparation.

Orientation - Activities and information shared at Summer I to orient students to Relay and their program.

Can't find the answers you're looking for? Visit the Relay Support Center.