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Option in Mathematics Education

The PhD in Education, option in Mathematics Education is designed for those who want to conduct research on teaching and learning mathematics at the P-12 level and beyond. The goal of our program is to prepare educators to address critical issues in mathematics education by engaging students in reflective teaching, deepening their mathematical knowledge and developing analytical perspectives for research. Our graduates are equipped for successful careers in academia and work within educational institutions, government agencies or other informal learning environments.


Our coursework offers flexibility so you can tailor your studies to reach your career goals. Successful degree completion requires a minimum of 69-credit hours past the master’s degree, including 15 hours of dissertation. 


Coursework typically includes: 

  • Mathematics Education research in learning, teaching, critical issues and affective issues
  • Graduate-level study in a mathematics field
  • Qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods 
  • Other supporting coursework (e.g., Diversity & Equity and Theoretical Foundations of Inquiry)

Course information

Learn more about our science and mathematics education graduate programs


Research and Faculty

You will be mentored and taught by faculty who have classroom teaching experience and who are committed to supporting your research endeavors. We will work closely with you to develop skills necessary to make original and important scholarly contributions and provide opportunities to co-present or publish research-based practices alongside our faculty. Research may focus on a variety of aspects of mathematical teaching, learning and thinking and employ a wide range of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.


Meet our faculty

Randall and Carol White Reading and Mathematics Center

College research initiatives



Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with the following deadlines:

  • Fall Priority — September 15 | Fall Final — July 1 
  • Spring Priority Spring Priority — January 15  | Spring Final — December 1

Please note that priority application deadlines must be met in order to be considered for scholarships, fellowships and assistantships. 


To apply to the PhD in Education, option in Mathematics Education program, complete the following:

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum graduate GPA required)
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Current resume/vita
  • Personal and career goal statement (1000 words)
  • Academic or scholarly writing sample
  • Analytic writing prompt
  • In-person interview may be required for admission

Graduate student resources for the science and mathematics education program

Graduate student resources for the College of Education and Human Sciences


Cost & Assistance

Grant-funded assistantships are available through the Center for Research on STEM Teaching and Learning (CRSTL) on a competitive basis. Please contact for more information. 


Currently enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences. 





Financing graduate school

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