IDEA Relay Teaching Residency

Our instructional teams exemplify our unwavering belief that a college education is possible for all children.

About the Program

The IDEA Relay Teaching Residency is an amazing opportunity for individuals entering the education field and interested in becoming game-changing educators with IDEA Public Schools. The residency takes place on an IDEA campus and prepares individuals to be successful lead teachers for the following school year.

In year one of the residency, individuals are full-time co-teachers while also attending regular classes with the Relay School of Education (Relay GSE) to gain a teaching certification and a master of arts in teaching. They will receive mentorship from one of IDEA’s most successful teachers while gaining hands-on experience in the classroom.

In year two, if all requirements are met, Residents will apply to become lead teachers on an IDEA campus and continue evening classes with Relay to complete the master’s degree. 

A few of our benefits include:

Competitive Salaries

Comprehensive Health Benefits

Unparalleled Mentorship

Paid Teacher Certification and Master’s Degree


All residents must have an undergraduate GPA above a 2.5 (3.0 or higher is preferred) and a completed undergraduate degree by July. Teaching experience or a background in education is not required, however, experience tutoring or working with children can make an applicant more competitive. All residents must have a passion for education, strong time management, and a desire to receive feedback.

IDEA Relay Residents assume responsibilities as a full-time instructional staff member, typically arriving at school at 7:00 AM and leaving around 5:00pm. In the first year, residents will attend an evening class once a week, as well as occasional Saturday school. Additionally, first year residents will be excused once a week for a half-day Deliberate Practice session ran by Relay focusing on building first-year teaching skills. In year two, residents will have occasional evening and Saturday classes, as well as after-hour duties required of lead IDEA teachers such as tutoring and lesson planning. Residents will be responsible for staying up to date with all IDEA responsibilities, as well as Relay coursework throughout their two years.

The IDEA Relay Residency will begin in early July kicking off with Relay and IDEA trainings that continue until the first day of school. Each established IDEA region will host a varying number of first and second year residents based on the size and needs of that IDEA region. To see existing IDEA regions and schools visit

Housing and relocation financial support will not be provided for residents.

In order to be offered a lead teaching role at IDEA, residents must be in good standing with Relay and have their IDEA manager recommendation. In year two, residents must teach in a grade and content that meets the requirements of their teaching certification and master’s degree. The needs of the IDEA region, the capacity of the IDEA school, and the preferences of the resident will be taken into consideration when placing residents for their second year. In most cases, residents are offered teaching roles on the campus they were hosted during their first year.

Residents in their first year will receive a co-teaching salary of $30,000. Residents in their second year will receive a lead teaching salary based on the regional pay scale. Additionally, individuals will receive comprehensive health benefits and IDEA will cover the cost of the programming for residents to gain a teaching certification and Master’s of Arts in Teaching.

Where do you see yourself at IDEA?



Our instructional teams exemplify our unwavering, organization belief that a college education is possible for all children.



We believe that passionate, disciplined leaders make all the difference in the success of our students and the teams they manage.



Whether you work at HQ in Weslaco, TX, our offices across IDEA’s regions or remotely, a position on the HQ team is important and rewarding.



It takes hundreds of people working hard behind the scenes to make sure that our students, teachers and school leaders are successful.

Open Positions

Please click below to view all current vacancies and for the 2022-23 school year. Within the application, you can indicate if you want to be considered for the current school year as well. These positions will be updated weekly. We recommend reading each job description carefully to ensure you are applying for the role you are best suited for.