PhD in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum with Emphasis in Mathematics Education

The MU Ph.D. program with an emphasis in Mathematics Education is designed to prepare individuals for careers in higher education and leadership positions in a variety of educational settings. The program aims to enhance student knowledge about the field of mathematics education and develop expertise in conceptualizing, conducting and reporting research studies. Programs of study are individually planned with a faculty committee, and are based upon candidate's background, experiences, and professional goals. The majority of our graduates take positions in Colleges of Education or Departments of Mathematics at universities or colleges. However, some graduates move into administrative and supervisory roles at district or state levels.

Degree Requirements

The PhD program is designed to require about four years of study, which consists of a minimum of 72 hours of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree, participation in a variety of research and teaching internships, and the design and implementation of a dissertation study focused on original research.

Mathematics Education (about 30 credit hours)
Core Courses:
LTC 8860Mathematics Curriculum3
LTC 8870Studying Mathematics Teaching in Schools3
LTC 8879Mathematical Thinking and Learning3
LTC 8900Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (Research on Equity and Diversity in Mathematics Education)1-3
LTC 9860Research in Mathematics Education1
Other Recommended Courses:
LTC (minimum of 9 credit hours)
Required Courses:
LTC 9060Theories of Learning and Implications for Education3
LTC 9050Curriculum Theories 3
Choose one of the following courses:
LTC 9070Philosophical Perspectives in Education Research3
LTC 9040Curriculum Theories
Outside Emphasis Area (minimum of 12 credit hours)
Students identify an outside emphasis area related to mathematics education such as mathematics, statistics, psychology, or educational leadership.
Educational Research (minimum of 12 credit hours)
Required Courses:
ESC_PS 8830Quantitative Analysis in Educational Research
ESC_PS 8957Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I3
ESC_PS 9620Qualitative Methods in Educational Research II3
At least one additional course in quantitative methods such as:
ESC_PS 7170Introduction to Applied Statistics3
ESC_PS 8020Overview of Research Methods3
ESC_PS 8087Seminar in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology1-3
Experiences in Research, College Teaching, Design, Teacher Development (in consultation with advisor)
It is expected that doctoral students will have a range of "beyond-course" experiences, including:
- Completing a second-year study
- Teaching mathematics teaching methods course(s)
- Supervising and working with student teachers
- Preparing grant proposals
- Design
- Planning and facilitating professional development for teachers
- Formulating and delivering presentations at professional meetings
- Critiquing submissions to mathematics education journals or professional conferences
Dissertation (12 semester hours)
LTC 9090Research in Curriculum and Instruction12

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Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the PhD in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School. Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process. Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

The LTC graduate program cannot assure admission to all applicants who meet minimum standards specified for the degree program. Resource constraints do not permit the admission of all qualified applicants.
A committee of faculty reviews the credentials of each applicant. It is the responsibility of this committee to exercise professional judgment related to the criteria that applicants must meet in order to be considered for admission to the program.

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