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Ph. D. Mathematics Education

Program Description

The Mathematics Education Doctoral Program in the School of Education focuses on original research, preparing students for research and teaching in a context that is rigorous, collegial, and cooperative.

The following are guidelines for the creation of a Program of Study for the Mathematics Education doctoral degree. These guidelines comprise only a portion of the requirements necessary to earn a doctoral degree in Mathematics Education.

Concentration (24+ credit hours)

Required Mathematics Education courses:

  • Critical Analysis of Mathematics Education Research (EDCI 5784)
  • Modeling Mathematical Knowledge & Learning (MATH 5624)
  • Advanced Topics in Mathematics Education (EDCI 5784)
  • Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (MATH 5634)

Additional courses in Teaching and Learning (e.g., EDCI) will be decided upon in consultation with your advisor. Past favorites have been:

  • Exploring Teacher Education Curriculum (EDCI 5784)
  • STEM Education Foundations (EDCI 5804)
  • STEM Education Pedagogy (EDCI 5814)
  • STEM Education Trends & Issues (EDCI 5824)

Foundations of Education (12+ credit hours)

Required courses:

  • Constructivism and Education (EDEP 6224)
  • Learning & Cognition (EDEP 5114)

Additional courses in Foundations (e.g., EDEP) will be decided upon in consultation with your advisor. Past favorites have been:

  • Schooling in American Society (EDCI 5104)
  • The Analysis of Educational Concepts (EDCI 6024)
  • Motivation and Cognition (EDEP 6444)
  • Cognitive Processes (EDEP 6114)

Research Methods (18+ credit hours)

Required courses:

  • Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I & II (EDRE 6504, 6524)
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Education I & II (EDRE 6605, 6606)

Additional courses in Educational Research (e.g., EDRE) will be decided upon in consultation with your advisor. Past favorites have been:

  • Foundations of Educational Research and Evaluation (EDRE 5404)
  • Introduction to Mixed Methods (EDRE 5674)
  • Advanced Statistics for Education (EDRE 6634/STAT 6634)
  • Hierarchical Linear Modeling (EDRE 6694)
  • Multivariate Statistics for Applications to Educational Problems (EDRE 6654)

Mathematical Content Courses (6+ credit hours)

Courses in Mathematics (MATH) or Statistics (STAT) will be decided upon in consultation with your advisor. Past favorites have been:

  • Mathematics for Secondary Teachers I (MATH 4625)
  • Mathematics for Secondary Teachers II (MATH 4626)
  • Secondary School Mathematics With Technology (MATH 4644)

Research & Dissertation (EDCI 7994, 30+ hours)

Admission Information

To be considered for the doctoral program in Mathematics Education, a student must:

  • Possess a master's degree
  • Qualify for admission to the Graduate School
  • 3.0 Grade Point Average (from undergraduate or graduate degrees)
  • Submit GRE scores
  • Submit 3 letters of reference
  • Complete an interview with the Mathematics Education program faculty
  • Submit a current vita
  • Submit a writing sample of scholarly work

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Jay Wilkins

wilkins@vt.edu