Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Mathematics Education

The PhD concentration in Mathematics Education requires a minimum of 60 credit hours including 30 credit hours of dissertation. The degree requirement will be accomplished on full-time basis where students can complete the program in about 3.5 academic years. The main objective of Mathematics Education concentration is to develop educators with an understanding of mathematics and its teaching and learning, and to prepare them to work as researchers or policy professionals. Additionally, doctoral candidates will demonstrate expertise in designing and implementing curriculum and instructional interventions that accommodate ALL students. Throughout this program, doctoral students will be involved in a broad range of experiences that focus on learning and teaching, understanding, mathematical communication, technology as well as participating in designing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 60 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements All courses in Group 1 and 9 credits from Group 2. (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR701Curriculum Theory and Practice3.000
FOED702Organizational theory in educational leadership3.000
SPED704Teaching Children from Culturally and Linguistically Divers Background3.000

Group 2 (Research Methodologies): Any 9 credits of the following courses (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR701Curriculum Theory and Practice3.000
CURR712Advanced Data Analysis in Quantitative Research3.000
CURR713Qualitative Research Methods in Education 3.000
CURR715Mixed Methods Research in Education3.000


Part 2: Concentration Requirements (9 credits)

Any 9 credits of the following courses: (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR702Theory and research on learning and teaching3.000
CURR740Theory and Research in Mathematical Thinking and Learning3.000
CURR742Theory and Research in Mathematics Teacher Education3.000
CURR743Integration of Technology into Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction3.000
CURR751Clinical Interviewing and Assessment in Mathematics Education3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements A 3-credit CURR 7xx level course approved by the Advisory Committee. (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR800Comprehensive Examination0.000
CURR810Research Proposal0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR900Dissertation Research0.000 - 9.000
CURR910Dissertation Defense0.000