The doctoral degree requires a minimum of 90 graduate credits. These are credits earned after the bachelor’s degree. The categories for study in the doctoral program in mathematics education follow.

Doctoral students must complete a minimum of 12 credits to meet the college-wide requirements for preparation in research methodology. The courses will be selected from the approved College of Education’s approved list of research courses in consultation with your adviser. It is expected that most students will take some combination of quantitative and qualitative methodology courses to satisfy this requirement. The purpose of this is to familiarize students with various methodologies often applied in an educational setting.

Please Note (see Category 4): Doctoral Students in Statistics Education are strongly encouraged to pursue a Minor in Quantitative Research Methodology as part of their program. If you are entering with a M.S. in Statistics it is likely that graduate statistics courses may be transferred into the program to satisfy the introductory quantitative courses (e.g., EDF 6400, EDF 6402).

The planned program must include 13-15 hours of upper level (6000-7000) graduate coursework in the areas of Curriculum, Instruction, and doctoral seminars. Furthermore, all 13-15 of these hours should consist of courses/seminars taken in the School of Teaching & Learning as follows:

  • 3 credits: Orientation to Doctoral Study Seminar (often identified as Graduate Colloquium)
  • 6 credits: Doctoral seminars or upper level graduate courses in the areas of curriculum or instruction. These seminars should be completed prior to candidacy.
  • 6 credits: Doctoral seminars in statistics education

Statistics education as an area of specialization requires 12-24 hours of coursework (exclusive of seminars taken to satisfy Category 2) specifically related to mathematics and/or statistics education. Some of these credits may be gained by enrolling in independent study, supervised research or other similar titles under the supervision of a statistics education faculty member.

Doctoral Students in Statistics Education are strongly encouraged to pursue a Minor in Quantitative Research Methodology as part of their program. If a formal minor is declared, a member of the Graduate Faculty from the minor department must serve on the supervisory committee and identify appropriate coursework.

Student may choose to complete a 12-15 hour cognate (e.g., technology) within the School of Teaching & Learning.

A minimum of 12 hours of EDG 7980: Dissertation Research should be completed when conducting dissertation research and writing the dissertation. A student’s supervisory committee may require additional dissertation research hours.


Doctoral Committee

Upon acceptance into the doctoral program, a student is assigned a temporary advisor for the purpose of familiarizing the student to the university, college, and school system providing course guidance until such time the student selects faculty for the doctoral committee. The Graduate School publishes a deadline for the formal selection of the doctoral committee. Currently, students are required to have a minimum of four faculty on the doctoral committee with one faculty member serving as chair or two professors serving as co-chairs. There must also be one faculty member serving as the external member from outside of the School of Teaching & Learning.

Qualifying Examination

Once coursework is completed, students are required to pass a rigorous and broadly developed, but focused, qualifying examination to become a candidate for the doctoral degree. The standard qualifying examination has a written and oral component and is evaluated by all members of the doctoral committee.

Dissertation Defense

Upon completion of the dissertation, the student must defend the dissertation via an oral presentation and examination before the doctoral committee and other invited persons.