PhD in Mathematics Education

The PhD program in Mathematics Education at UMass Dartmouth is the result of many years of research and development originally pioneered by Professor James Kaput. Its goals and mission are synergistic with the operation of the James J. Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education, namely, to foster the spirit of innovation. It is this essence that we wish our doctoral students to be part of and learn from in their educational experience at UMass Dartmouth.

Over the last 10 years, UMass Dartmouth has focused on building faculty strength in Mathematics Education in order to develop a core research area and provide the basis for a signature doctoral program capable of advancing mathematics education as a field of inquiry and addressing the acute shortage of highly qualified mathematics education researchers in our higher education institutions and relevant knowledge-based industries.

The program will be offered by faculty in the STEM Education and Teacher Development department. The Kaput Center will provide a rich infrastructure of resources, research projects and advisors where students can engage in authentic research in local schools, higher education departments and other informal learning settings.

The goals and purposes of the PhD program in Mathematics Education are firmly in line with the mission of the University: "The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant public university actively engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research, and acting as an intellectual catalyst for regional and global economic, social, and cultural development." It advances the university's mission by creating an environment to conduct research through collaboration with industry, research and academic institutions, and practitioners of innovative mathematics education research at the national and international level by utilizing best teaching practices in educating its students.

The Vision Statement for UMass Dartmouth includes an aspiration: "UMass Dartmouth aspires to create additional Masters and Doctoral programs, with commensurate support, in addition to enhanced technological capabilities for the delivery of our educational and outreach programs." In its doctoral emphasis, its research basis that brings substantial support, and its innovative interest in pedagogy and instructional methodology, the PhD program in Mathematics Education contributes substantively to accomplishing this vision. Furthermore, the educational approach of the program is founded in the high principles envisioned in the opening paragraph of the university's Vision Statement: "Within a climate that is inclusive, open, and diverse, UMass Dartmouth will be the university of choice for students seeking high quality liberal arts and science programs as well as professional academic programs that build a foundation for civic responsibility, individual skills, and professional success."

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