Program Quality

Wagner Graduate Adolescent students preparing to meet their cooperating teachers as part of their year-long internship at Port Richmond High School

  • KEY Assessments - PORTALS 
  • Program Quality Indicators 

Overview – Program Coherence and Departmental Learning Outcomes 

All of the courses in our licensure programs are informed by international, city, state, and professional organization standards and incorporate learning outcomes and respective domains. Our courses provide strong theoretical information and connections to practical experiences to support candidates’ understanding related to ways theory can inform practice. The Education Department’s Learning Outcomes guide programmatic course and field experience design, inform assessments, and provide a framework to guide students’ reflections and development on their journey to become professional educators.  The Learning Outcomes incorporate three specific domains:  Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions. 

Ongoing collaborative practices are supported and encouraged by professors and community partners, and critical reflection is at the heart of all we do. We encourage candidates to be action-oriented practitioners/researchers, focusing on ways in which international and national perspectives impact current issues in education and their practice. Candidates work closely with community organizations, families, and providers to engage in in-depth studies related to the profession. Faculty work closely with teacher candidates to provide ongoing support. As a result, candidates become reflective practitioners and engage in additional professional development opportunities. Many of our candidates and completers from our advanced program are now publishing and disseminating their work. 

Because our licensure programs are divided into three portals – foundational-novice-core, methods-concentration, professional-clinical/research, we are able to incorporate ongoing sequential checkpoints to ensure the success of all candidates. The utilization of portals enables faculty to access an array of key assessments that are systematically spaced throughout the program. This yields assessment data from each portal and, accordingly, addresses candidates’ developmental progress at predetermined program checkpoints/intervals. At planned end-of-semester sessions, advisors, together with candidates, complete written advisory forms outlining action plans to be initiated at the start of the subsequent semester to ensure that candidates receive the necessary support as they move through their program. 

All data is systematically reviewed and utilized for pedagogical decision-making and to support the inclusion of innovative programming. 

In addition to our quality assurance system, we rely on a national, outside accreditor to monitor our progress towards our goals and to make additional recommendations for improvement, the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation, which has awarded our programs with full accreditation through June 30, 2027. For details, visit the announcement in our newsfeed. Our choice to work with AAQEP comes from our shared commitment to (1) continuous improvement, (2) quality assurance, (3) credibility in the field, (4) equity in education and (5) a strong foundation of research-based, data-driven decision making. 


Employer Satisfaction with Wagner’s Education Graduates

Measure: Satisfaction Survey, sent in the spring, 2018 to four schools (Port Richmond High School, PS 278, Lavelle Prep, and New World Prep) which have been our partner schools and have hired multiple Wagner graduates.  

Results: 100% of employers rate Wagner students as equal to or better than teachers from other institutions on five key measures of teacher effectiveness; of the five measures, Wagner students are rated best at implementing instruction. Three-quarters of school administrators are extremely satisfied with Wagner’s graduates who are teaching in their schools.

Employer Satisfaction with Wagner Education Graduates

Source: School administrators’ ratings from survey.

Wagner’s Education Department Graduation Rates

Measure: College graduation data

Results: The number of our possible graduation candidates has remained stable over the past three years, from 38-41.  The percentage of on-time graduates has decreased slightly, primarily due to delayed graduation. Wagner counsels out a small number of students, from 1-3 each year.  

Wagner’s Education Department Graduation Rates

Source: CARS, Wagner’s Registrar Database; Taskstream and Title II reports.

Wagner’s Students’ and Graduates’ Ability to Meet New York State (NYS) Licensing and Certification Requirements

Measure: Internal department tracking of certification information

Results:  Over the past three years, 100% of graduates (aside from a few pending) who applied for New York State teaching certification were successful in obtaining certification.

Source: New York State’s TEACH website

Measure: New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSCTE)

Results: On most New York State required certification exams, Wagner students perform very well, with 75-100% passing.  Their average performance is generally comparable to the performance of students statewide.

Passing Rates on NYS Certification Exams

Wagner’s Graduates’ Employment in Education Positions

Measures: Graduates’ reports to New York State’s TEACH website; and Wagner’s Satisfaction Survey, sent in the spring, 2018, to graduates from 2016 and 2017.

Results: Most Wagner graduates who report their employment experience–either to the state or to Wagner via a survey–report teaching in their license area and teaching in public schools.  

Employment in Education Positions 

Source: New York State’s TEACH website data; Satisfaction Survey data

Consumer Information Related to Wagner’s Education Programs

Measure: Wagner costs

Results: The average tuition is $45,380, but net cost per year to attend Wagner is $27,217  (ranges from $23, 396 to $30,856 depending on family income.)

Consumer Financial Information

Source: National Center for Education Statistics,

Measure: Current average starting salaries in New York City, New York State, and New Jersey

Results: Average teacher starting salaries in areas that Wagner students tend to teach in range from $43,839 in New York State to $54,000 at the New York City Department of Education.

Consumer Financial Information

Source New York City Department of Education website,;;

Measure: US Department of Education (USDOE) FAFSA data

Results: Our student default rates are low, in the 2-4% range over the three-year period 2012-2014.  

Consumer Financial Information

Source USDOE FAFSA table for FY2012, 2013, 2014