Empire State Teacher Residency Program

Funding to Subsidize Master’s Degree Programs for Graduate Level 7-12 Teacher Candidates

Wagner College has partnered with the New York State Department of Labor for the Empire State Teacher Residency Program to enhance the New York City teaching experience.

Through the New York State Department of Labor, this groundbreaking initiative provides residents with a $30,000 annual stipend while completing 1,000 hours of clinical experience over one school year. Aspiring educators should apply to Wagner’s one-year graduate 7-12 Adolescent & Students with Disabilities residency education program. 

  • Program Details 
  • Application Process 
  • Stipend Details 
  • Application Support 
Master of Science in Education – Adolescent Education & Students with Disabilities (7–12)
Nationally accredited by AAQEP, Wagner’s one-year program leads to dual initial certification in a selected content area and special education. 
Residency Program:
  • Support: Gain a full year of clinical experience, supported by a mentor educator who provides guidance and oversees your hands-on teaching experience.
  • Collaboration: Immerse yourself in an educational environment where you’ll build knowledge, skills, and confidence through close collaboration with seasoned educators.
  • Flexibility: Bridge the gap between theory and practice by attending evening classes in a cohort model.
  • Hands-on: Experience a learning journey where classroom learning seamlessly integrates with real-world teaching experience.
Please note that students not receiving funding through Empire State can still participate in our competitive residency program. 
  • Application Deadline: Aspiring teachers should apply to Wagner by May 28.
  • Program Selection: Select the one-year graduate 7-12 Adolescent & Students with Disabilities education program with the residency option.
  • Prerequisite: A bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite for program participation. Students with a Bachelors by June 2024 in the following are encouraged to apply:
    • Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Spanish

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  • Stipend Coverage:  A selected group of students will receive a $30,000 stipend, which covers the entirety of Wagner’s one-year graduate 7-12 education program.
    • Stipend Commitment: Candidates receiving the stipend must commit to a two-year teaching stint in NYC Public Schools following their residency experience.
Wagner College is committed to an expedited application review process for this cohort. Applicants with completed submissions can anticipate a swift response. 
  • Application Fee Waiver: Wagner will offer waivers for the standard $60 application fee.
  • Guidance Available: Professor González and Jim Plunkett, Assistant Vice-President for Enrollment, are available to address inquiries and guide applicants through the process.

Ready to learn more?
Upcoming Graduate Information Sessions for our residency and non-residency programs:

Katia Gonzalez

Professor/Chair, Education Department

718-420-4082 katia.gonzalez@wagner.edu Campus Hall 332

Expertise in culturally responsive pedagogy, intercultural communication, curriculum, special education, effective partnerships.

James Plunkett

Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management, Admissions

718-390-3458 james.plunkett@wagner.edu Pape Admissions House