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Ph.D. Mathematics Education

The Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Mathematics Education (EMAT) program requires students to successfully complete 81 credit hours. Applicants must already have a master's degree and three years of teaching experience in addition to completing EDRE 5530 - Introduction to Research or an equivalent course prior to entering the program. All Courses are delivered online and in person with a required one semester on-campus residency.



Required Courses (81 credit hours)

Program Knowledge Base
Select 9 credit hours from the below list.

  • PRST 5610 – Intro to Doc Studies (3 credit hours)
  • PRST 5070 – Intro to College Teaching (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5600 - Diversity in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5730 - Learning and Cognition (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 5720 - Educational Leader as Change Agent (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5810 – Writing for Professional Publications (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5660 - Proposal Writing (3 credit hours)

Advanced Research Courses
Select 12 credit hours from the below list. Coursework in both qualitative and quantitative research is required and courses can be taken outside the College of Education. Course selection is subject to doctoral committee approval.

  • EDRE 5550 – Action Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5600 - Ed Research 1: Descriptive (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5610 - Ed Research 2: Group Comparison (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5620 - Ed Research 3: Correlational (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5630 - Ed Research 4: Multivariate (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5640 - Intro to Qualitative Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5645 - Phenomenology, Case Study, and Grounded Theory in Qualitative Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5655 - Ethnography & Narrative Inquiry in Qualitative Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5670 - Mixed Methods Research (3 credit hours)
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Mathematics
Select 9 credit hours from the below list. Course selection is subject to doctoral committee approval.

  • EMAT 5160 - High School Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective (3 credit hours)
  • NASC 5140 - Numbers and Operations (3 credit hours)
  • MATH 5170 Connecting Geometry (3 credit hours)
  • NASC 5185 – Analysis of Data (3 credit hours)
  • NASC 5190 - Mathematics of Change (3 credit hours)
  • MATH 5090 – Topics in the Foundations of Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • MATH 5320 – Mathematical Modeling Processes (3 credit hours)
  • MATH 5400 – Methods of Applied Mathematics I (3 credit hours)

Mathematics Education Specialization
Select 18 credit hours from the below list. Course selection is subject to doctoral committee approval.

  • EMAT 5100 - Theory & Research in Learning & Development (3 credit hours)
  • EMAT 5150 - Elementary and Middle School Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective (3 credit hours)
  • EMAT 5200 - Advanced Math Curriculum, Assessment & Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • EMAT 5300 - Theory & Practice in Mathematics Teaching & Teacher Education (3 credit hours)
  • EMAT 5400 - Analysis & Critique of Research in Mathematics Education (3 credit hours)
  • EMAT 5600 - Quantitative Reasoning & Modeling in Mathematics & Science Education (3 credit hours)
  • EMAT 5800 - Culture, Power & Identity in Mathematics Education (3 credit hours)

Electives
Students should work with their advisor to select 21 credit hours to complete the elective requirement. Note that some or all of the elective courses are courses completed as part of the master’s degree.)

Dissertation
Students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours.

  • EMAT 5980 - Dissertation Research (1-12 credit hours)

Other Requirements

After coursework is completed, you mush satisfy the below requirements before completing your program and gaining your doctoral credential.

  • Preliminary Exam - After completing your coursework you will need to take a preliminary exam.
  • Program Outcomes - You must submit written demonstration to show you have met the learning outcomes determined by your program, department, or committee.
  • Dissertation - After your preliminary exam, you will present and defend your doctoral dissertation.

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