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Mathematics Education Doctorate

Ohio University offers a PhD in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in mathematics education. This program develops scholars who study teaching, learning, curriculum, and assessment in mathematics—kindergarten through college. The program prepares these scholars to act as stewards of the field of mathematics education, with all its complexity and diversity. See program details.

A key strength of the program is its ability to provide individualized programs of study for scholars with a wide variety of interests who seek to serve as leaders in various facets of mathematics education. The program has produced 42 PhDs, 16 since 2010—placing OU among the top 10 programs nationally in this high need area. The Morton Professorship, the OHIO Center for Equity in Mathematics and Science (OCEMS), and the Stevens Literacy Center support the overall program and give it distinction within the state and across the nation.

Doctoral students Reuben Asempapa, Derek Sturgill, and Ahmad Alhammouri.The program participants conduct research in curriculum, instruction, learning, assessment, professional development, teacher beliefs, and student attitudes. Recent dissertations have investigated teacher knowledge in Saudi middle schools, perceptions of high school mathematics teachers regarding Turkish curriculum reform, and how disposition and intellectual development influence U.S. elementary school teacher candidates’ mathematics content learning, as well as the relationship between high school mathematics courses taken and the need for remedial postsecondary courses, the effects of STEM camps on career choices of middle school girls, and the use of intuition and analysis by undergraduate students when performing proof-related tasks.

The professors in the program embrace their teaching and service roles in mathematics and mathematics education along with research related to teacher preparation, teacher professional development, student learning, and school and college curriculum and instruction. Students in the PhD program not only learn how to conduct such research but also serve in apprenticeship roles in teacher preparation and professional development to prepare them for university faculty positions and other leadership roles in mathematics education.

The PhD program in Mathematics Education is built on a common foundation of learning theory, social and cultural contexts of education, curriculum and instruction theory, ethics, technology, and quantitative and qualitative research methods, which is then extended to a profound understanding in mathematics and mathematics education. For each individual scholar, this foundation plus specialization serves as the basis for investigating a signifcant educational issue that will advance the field of mathematics education and prepare the scholar for future research. A typical program consists of the following components:

  • Teacher Education Core (18 semester-hour minimum)
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (18 semester-hour minimum)
  • Mathematics (9 semester-hour minimum)
  • Mathematics Education (12 semester-hour minimum)
  • Dissertation (10 semester-hour minimum)

For further details, contact:
Gregory D. Foley, Ph.D.
Robert L. Morton Professor of Mathematics Education
321D McCracken Hall
Ohio University
Athens OH 45701
Phone: (740) 593-4430