Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education

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84 credit hours (minimum of 51 credit hours of coursework)
Qualifying exam within the first two years of Ph.D. study

  • Composed of five position statements (ranked by faculty)
  • Top three ranked must be defended orally and in writing

Oral comprehensive exam with the student’s graduate committee (the dissertation proposal is presented orally as part of the comprehensive examination)
Oral dissertation defense, involving the final thesis exam

The objective of the Ph.D. program is to provide students with advanced education in the teaching and learning of mathematics. These advanced studies will enable graduates to conduct theoretical and practical research in mathematics education; develop and evaluate curriculum; prepare future teachers; provide professional development to in-service teachers; or become a leader in public school education at the state or local levels.


Required Courses (30)
MSED 545Statistics for Educators I3
MSED 546Statistics for Educators II3
MSED 550Clinical Supervision in Science/Mathematics3
MSED 552Assessment and Evaluation3
MSED 555Middle and Secondary Level Mathematics Curriculum3
MSED 580Adolescent Psychology3
MSED 601Critical Analysis in Quantitative Research3
MSED 602Quantitative Research Design and Practicum3
MSED 603Critical Analysis in Qualitative Research3
MSED 604Qualitative Research Design and Praticum3
Electives (29)
Select a minimum of 9 credit hours from the following:9
Advanced Strategies: Mathematics3
Teacher Education/Professional Development in Mathematics3
Inquiry and Problem Solving3
Informal Education Practicum3
Research and Evaluation3
Action Research I1-3
Problem Solving and Nature of Mathematics3
Special Projects1-6
Special Problems1-9
Up to 8 credit hours from discipline-specific graduate coursework8
12 credit hours of select coursework from discipline-specific mathematics courses/related fields12
Ph.D. Research (25)
MSED 691Ph.D. Thesis Research (minimum 25 credit hours)25
Total Credit Hours84

42 maximum transfer of graduate credit hours from master’s (24 credit hours from coursework/8 credit hours from research)