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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mathematics Education

The Ph.D. program emphasizes research and requires a written dissertation for completion. The program is individualized to meet the needs of graduate students. The student must develop, with the guidance from the major professor and committee, a program that is applicable to their background and interest. The average Ph.D. program requires 4-5 years beyond a master’s degree. The program is comprised of coursework in four major areas.

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I. Mathematics Education Courses (15 – 18 hours)

In mathematics education, students engage in courses that cover topics in the cognitive and cultural theories of learning and teaching mathematics, and the role of curriculum in mathematics education.

A three (3) course sequence is required that consists of:

  • EDCI 63500 – Goals and Content in Mathematics Education
  • EDCI 63600 – The Learning of Mathematics: Insights and Issues
  • EDCI 63700 – The Teaching of Mathematics: Insights and Issues

In addition, students are encouraged to take (6 – 9) hours of EDCI 620: Developing as a Mathematics Education Researcher

II. Mathematics Course Work (minimum 6 hours)

All students are required to take two graduate level mathematics courses at Purdue University. Students without a master’s level background in mathematics may be required to take more courses in mathematics. This will be determined by the student’s major professor and advisory committee.

III. Cognate (9 hours)

Students will take three graduate courses in a self-selected cognate area. Cognate area selection should be discussed with the student’s major professor and advisory committee. Possible cognate areas include: mathematics, psychology, philosophy, sociology, technology.

IV. Research Core Courses (15 hours)

All doctoral students in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction must complete five (5) courses from areas in research methodology and analysis before beginning their dissertation:

  • EDPS 53300 – Introduction to Research in Education
  • EDCI 61500 – Qualitative Research in Education
  • STAT 51100 – Introductory Statistics
  • Advance electives in either quantitative or qualitative methods

A list of specific courses and/or proficiency requirements may be obtained from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Office.


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Associate Professor Mathematics EducationCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 494-0491
Professor and Mary Endres Chair in Elementary Education Mathematics EducationCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 494-2354
Associate Professor Mathematics EducationCurriculum and Instruction
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Associate Professor Mathematics EducationCurriculum and Instruction
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Research Associate for CATALYST and Curriculum & Instruction Mathematics EducationCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 494-2357
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