Teacher Residency through Relay


We are currently accepting applications for the 2024-2026 cohort of the Mastery Teaching Residency. APPLY BY JULY 1, 2024.

Jumpstart your career in education

The Mastery Teaching Residency offers an exciting opportunity for individuals looking for an innovative pathway into the teaching profession. We are seeking inspired and dynamic educators to join our team and provide a top-quality education for all of our students. Mastery Schools is known as the destination of choice for high-performing education professionals and offers dynamic education systems in which emerging educators can learn and grow as they serve students and families.

The multi-year program prepares aspiring educators, including recent college graduates and career changers, to provide top-quality instruction to diverse student populations through hands-on training and education. In year one, residents serve as full-time support teachers while receiving mentorship, a gradual on-ramp,  and professional development from school leaders, graduate school faculty partners, and central office-based coaches. In year two, Residents can advance to a lead teacher role if promotion-ready or continue to develop their skills as a support teacher. By the time the program ends, participants have earned invaluable experience, advanced degrees, and certifications to ensure their success in the profession.

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More about the program

All residents receive a full-time salary and benefits, extensive weekly training and real-time practice sessions on highly effective teaching techniques, actionable feedback, and the opportunity to engage with expert teachers to learn best practices. 

Successful participants int he program also have the opportunity to receive:

  • A full-time salary and benefits either as a support teacher or as a lead teacher
  • A Pennsylvania or New Jersey teaching certificate (Based on placement state and successful completion of the Praxis and Basic Skills tests) 
  • Tuition Reimbursement of up to $5,000 in year 1 and $1,000 in year 2
  • A master’s degree in education or teaching from one of our higher education partners

In exchange for Mastery’s financial assistance, residents are also expected to commit to teaching at Mastery Schools for at least two years after completing the program’s academic coursework. 

Residents are expected to: 

  • Provide small and whole-group academic instruction to students
  • Work with lead teachers to implement curriculum and utilize classroom procedures, analyze student assessment data to measure progress, build relationships and maintain consistent communication with families, and collaborate to discuss student work and ensure student mastery of standards
  • Attend practice sessions and evening academic content classes weekly 
  • Complete all Pennsylvania or New Jersey teacher certification requirements and program academic coursework
  • Be committed to teaching and serving Mastery’s school communities

To qualify for the Mastery Teaching Residency, candidates must: 

  • Have a bachelor’s degree with a record of personal, professional, and/or academic achievement and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (If you are slated to receive a conferred bachelor’s degree by June 2024, you meet the qualifications to apply.) 
  • Meet the minimum eligibility requirements for Pennsylvania or New Jersey teacher certification (For more information about the requirements for PA certification, click here, and for information about the requirements for NJ certification, click here.)
  • Be dedicated to working with underserved communities. (Experience working with children in this population is preferred)
  • Have a strong sense of professional responsibility, genuine interest, belief, and care for students’ personal and academic success
  • Be able to motivate, support, and challenge students in a student-centered, standards-driven classroom community
  • Commit to professional growth, self-reflection, being receptive to feedback, and personal improvement 

All applications should be submitted through Mastery’s Careers portal. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2024. Applicants should submit a resume and an official or unofficial transcript from their bachelor’s degree with their application. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and qualified applicants will be invited to complete a video or phone interview and, if advanced, a Virtual Selection Day. Candidates selected as finalists will then be invited to interview at a specific Mastery campus. 

For questions about the application process, please email [email protected].

Hear from past residents

Applications for the next Mastery Teaching Residency cohort are open. Check out this testimonial from Pickett Campus science teacher Maria White, a member of the 2018-2019 cohort with Relay Graduate School of Education, about her experience in the Residency program.


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