DOCTORAL

Mathematics Education

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Mathematics education is an area where the educational community is both creating exciting opportunities and facing intense challenges. On one hand, scholars, designers, and practitioners have produced marvelous new developments in research, curriculum, and assessment; developed new standards for instruction and curriculum; and expanded international discourse. On the other hand, mathematics education has been the target of rigorous criticism and debate among different stakeholders and communities.

The energy and attention directed toward the field creates a high demand for valuable leaders, creative scholars, and teachers who are well-versed in the issues surrounding it. The doctoral degree in Mathematics Education will help prepare you to tackle critical problems in our field by examining mathematics education through learning and practice across interdisciplinary domains:

  • Mathematics as a discipline;
  • Considerations of teaching and teacher learning;
  • The design, implementation and effects of curriculum and instructional interventions;
  • Contemporary developments in learning theories and technologies;
  • Issues of equity and social justice;
  • Framing and enacting educational policies.
The concentration in Mathematics Education will prepare you to work as a researcher, expert practitioner, or policy professional with a special focus on the teaching and learning of mathematics. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work on any portion of the pre-kindergarten through college span, focusing on mathematics as encountered in or out of school.

In this concentration, you will learn from and work with faculty who are leaders in the mathematics education field and are engaged in a wide variety of projects within the school, as well as nationally and internationally. As a student in the Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies: Mathematics Education program, you will gain professional understanding and tools through myriad opportunities for involvement in these projects. Some current or recent examples include:

Additional Certificate and Endorsement Opportunities
Learning Experience Design Certificate

Requirements

Students in Mathematics Education take a common set of core courses, dealing with curriculum, learning, teaching, and research in mathematics education and take elective courses from other areas. Many opportunities are provided for students to work collaboratively with each other and with faculty, but students are encouraged and expected to develop and examine their own research questions and emphases.

Total Credit Hours Required
60

Core credits

19

Students complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 790 – Foundations of Schooling (3 credits)
  • EDUC 791 – Foundations of Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
  • EDUC 792 – Methods of Educational Research: Qualitative (3 credits)
  • EDUC 793 – Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Educational Research (3 credits)
  • EDUC 898 – Professional Development Seminar (1 credit); need 4 credits total
  • An advanced research methods course (3 credits)

Concentration credits

12

Students complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 711 – Research in Mathematics Education (3 credits)
  • EDUC 781 – The Study of Mathematics Instruction (3 credits)  
  • EDUC 782 – The Study of Mathematical Thinking and Learning (3 credits)  
  • EDUC 783 – Mathematics Curriculum: Research and Development (3 credits)

Elective credits

12

Cognate credits

6

Cognates are defined as graduate, non-Education courses. Cross-listed, meet-together courses with Education can be elected to fulfill the cognate requirement. With advisor approval, students may choose Higher Education courses.

Apprenticeship credits

2–6

Students complete a minimum of one and up to three credits in each of the following apprenticeships:

  • EDUC 789 – Research Apprenticeship
    • Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) Position or Apprenticeship to Faculty Member
  • EDUC 798 – Teaching Apprenticeship
    • Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Position or Apprenticeship to Faculty Member

Preliminary exam credits

2–6

Students complete a minimum of one and up to three credits in each of the following courses:

  • EDUC 991 – Prelims Part A (1 credit minimum) (may be elected more than once) 
  • EDUC 992 – Prelims Part B (1 credit minimum) (may be elected more than once)

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Associated Faculty

Arthur F Thurnau Professor; William H Payne Collegiate Professor of Education; Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

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Professor, School of Education; Samuel Eilenberg Distinguished University Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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Assistant Professor

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Professor of Education; Professor of Mathematics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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Associate Research Scientist

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Professor of Education; Professor of Mathematics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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Associate Dean
Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies; William A. Brownell Collegiate Professor of Education; Professor of Mathematics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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Contact

Phone: (734) 763-9497
Master's: edstudiesma.info@umich.edu 
Doctoral: edstudiesphd.info@umich.edu  

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Room 4218
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Application Deadline

Educational Studies is suspending admissions to its PhD program for the fall of 2021. We are doing this to ensure that we can continue to provide the support needed by our current students at this uncertain time. However, we are engaged in an exciting redesign of our PhD program and look forward to welcoming your applications in the fall of 2021 for the fall of 2022. Please check in (at this site) for updates regarding our redesign efforts.

Quick Facts

GRE general exam required

Yes

Financial aid available

Yes

Starting term

Fall term only

Connect with ES

Contact

Phone: (734) 763-9497
Master's: edstudiesma.info@umich.edu 
Doctoral: edstudiesphd.info@umich.edu  

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Room 4218
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Careers

100%

of known graduates found full time employment in education

100%

of known graduates found employment within 12 months

$60–65K

average first year salary
Graduates typically go into these industries
  • Educational leadership
  • Higher education research
  • Independent research organizations
  • Policy communities at the local, state, and national levels
  • Reform and innovation communities within and beyond K–12 governance

 

Graduates often work as

Researchers, expert practitioners, or policy professionals with a special focus on the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Internships

Although no internship is required, students must satisfy the apprenticeship requirement by completing a minimum of one and up to three credits in each of the following apprenticeships:

  • EDUC 789 – Research Apprenticeship
    • Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Position or Apprenticeship to Faculty Member
  • EDUC 798 – Teaching Apprenticeship
    • Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) Position or Apprenticeship to Faculty Member