Program Quality

The Education Department uses every means possible to ensure our teacher and leader candidates have excellent pre-service learning opportunities.

Program Quality Indicators

  • The program is fully accredited through 2019 by NCATE and pursues annual continuing accreditation through the nation's newest, most prestigious accrediting organization: CAEP.
  • Each of our individual programs is accredited by national professional associations:

Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
International Reading Association (IRA)
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

  • All programs include deeply embedded and planned field experiences for candidates to apply their course learning to practice.
  • Faculty hold doctorates in their areas of expertise and are active as national leaders in their professional organizations.
  • Students benefit from a range of grant-supported faculty work in the field, from placements in early childhood family settings to civic engagement efforts.
  • Over 60% of our courses are taught by full-time faculty.
  • The program conducts annual surveys of graduates seeking feedback about how to improve programs and incorporate new ideas and experiences into candidates' degree programs.
  • Faculty meet regularly to discuss program improvements and candidate supports to ensure a continuous cycle of improvement.

Candidate Performance Indicators

In spring of 2012, we received notification that the NCATE Review Team report recommended the unit have its accreditation renewed, noting no areas for improvement.  In the exit interview with faculty, the Review Team commended faculty and the quality of our programs, adding that Wagner's students were the "diamonds" of our efforts.  We couldn't agree more.

  • Principals and other educational leaders  also recognize our graduates' strengths:  Our most recent survey of graduates indicates that 90% of students have jobs in the education sector after graduation.
  • Candidates all pursue or possess a complementary major in a liberal arts or sciences discipline to ensure their deep understanding of a field of study that can inform their teaching.
  • Candidates are required to hold a minimum GPA of 3.0 in both their education and  liberal arts or sciences studies.  Current students have an average GPA of 3.7.
  • Graduates overwhelmingly report that Wagner College has strong programs on a range of indicators, including providing rich field experiences, preparing future teachers with effective strategies for instruction and classroom management, and helping future teachers understand how to work with diverse students and families.
  • On State accreditation exams, Wagner graduates do exceptionally well, as our pass rates testify.
Pass Rate on New York State Teacher Certification Exams
2012-13 93%
2013-14 98%
2014-15 *                                           *New certification tests, first round 76%*