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Mathematics Education, Ph.D.

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University rank #1001 (WUR) San Marcos, TX, United States
Offered through the Department of Mathematics at Texas State, this Ph.D. program has a particular strength in the number of courses required in mathematics to complement courses in the teaching and learning of mathematics: Doctoral graduates will have completed a substantial mathematics core in addition to the mathematics education core, thus opening a wide variety of employment opportunities.
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The program is designed for people whose career goals will take them into professional leadership roles involving mathematics education within the United States or internationally. Graduates of the program will be prepared for positions as mathematicians or mathematics-education faculty in colleges and universities; as decision makers in state or local education agencies; as researchers in think tanks, corporations, or not-for-profit organizations; as high-ranking staff in foundations or international organizations; or decision-makers within a national ministry of education.

Students beginning the program are expected to have an undergraduate degree in mathematics, mathematics education, or a related field. Students, especially those with a degree in a related field other than mathematics or mathematics education, may need to take background leveling courses. This would be decided on a case by case basis by the appropriate advisor and would be articulated at the time of admission.

Educational Goal

The educational objectives of the program in mathematics education are:

  • To develop a well-balanced foundation in mathematics content including in-depth understanding of basic principles.
  • To understand the mathematics needed for our rapidly changing technological society.
  • To link mathematics content to pedagogy for effective teaching that addresses educational needs through the entire P-20 continuum.
  • To understand how to design best and most effective curriculum and ways to deliver this curriculum.
  • To contribute to the knowledge in mathematics education by original research.
  • To produce Ph.D. graduates who can become the leaders in the state and the nation's educational community concerning the teaching of mathematics appropriate for the demands of the 21st century.
  • To produce high-quality teachers of mathematics at all levels.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • History of Mathematics
  • Analysis 
  • Current Research in Math Education
  • Algebra 
  • Topology 
  • Curriculum Design & Analysis
  • Statistics 
  • Instructional Techniques & Assessment

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • completed online application
  • $55 nonrefundable application fee or
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials
  • baccalaureate degree or higher (or the equivalent thereof) in mathematics, mathematics education, or a related field from a regionally accredited university
  • official transcripts from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • effective spring 2020, GRE is not required
  • interview with faculty
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose (500 words) 
  • three letters of recommendation
  • two years of teaching experience 

Tuition Fee

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    15440 USD/year
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  • National

    15440 USD/year
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  • In-State

    7880 USD/year
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Living costs for San Marcos

  • 921 - 1710 USD/month
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