Program of Study

Learning Objectives

The program is designed to attract and educate students of diverse backgrounds for employment in a variety of educational and scientific institutions, industries, and federal agencies. It focuses on interdisciplinary perspectives within mathematics education research. Our graduates will be highly competitive in today's marketplace for educational scholars within a wide range of employment classifications. Furthermore, our Ph.D. students and candidates will enjoy multiple opportunities for enhancing traditional scholarly training through participation in such practical academic endeavors as publishing and organizing lectures and colloquia.

The doctoral program will provide students with the knowledge and skills to:

  1. re-construct, appropriate, and develop knowledge of the field of mathematics education,
  2. explore different approaches that emerge from the study of the research literature in the field of mathematics education and related disciplines, and
  3. write original research that represents their own contribution to knowledge.

Graduates of the program will produce original research reflecting deep social and cultural commitments. It is expected that they will become independent, creative thinkers. The Ph.D. program is designed to build the intellectual skills that our graduates will need to utilize new and future technologies and communication infrastructures and to develop these into knowledge environments. In so doing, graduates will formulate and design solutions to complex educational problems in our world today. The Ph.D. program aims to offer a global education.

The Ph.D. in Mathematics Education is also designed to create a focused track of study over 4 years to build skills in the following critical areas:

  1. the nature of scientific inquiry in mathematics education and related disciplines,
  2. appropriate methods of research design regarding data collection and analysis, particularly focused on contemporary qualitative and quantitative methods (e.g., HLM, discourse analysis, micro-analytical video analysis),
  3. the production of new researchable questions, especially on the boundaries of particular disciplines (e.g., learning sciences), and
  4. the ability to design and conduct a research study with unique findings to advance the field of mathematics education.

This experience will involve a continual and iterative research process beginning in the first year of study that culminates in a Ph.D. dissertation at the end of 4 years.