A person applying for the doctoral program in mathematics education must have already acquired a master’s degree from an accredited college or university, except in certain cases such as admission requests made through fellowship applications such as the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship. The admission committee will consider various master’s degrees (e.g., science, arts, education), however, the committee expects the nature of the coursework and other experiences associated with the degree to provide preparation of doctoral study.
Transfer of Credit
The Graduate School publishes an up-to-date maximum number of credits that can be transferred tot he University of Florida from another accredited college or university. The doctoral committee makes the decision regarding the acceptable transfer or specific courses. Courses to be transferred may bin in education, mathematics education, or a related mathematical field (e.g., statistics).
In the event that an applicant’s previous degree is in mathematics education or general education, the applicant must have a strong mathematics content background as evidenced by mathematics courses listed on the applicant’s transcript. Without such background, the applicant should be prepared to build this mathematics content background as part of the doctoral program. In the event that the degree is in mathematics or a related mathematical field, the applicant must have a strong education background as evidenced by education courses listed on the applicant’s transcript. Without such background, the applicant should be prepared to build this education background as part of the doctoral program.
The applicant whose focus is teacher preparation should have documentation for 2-3 years of successful teaching experience at the elementary, middle, or high school level.