The PhD in Mathematics - Mathematics Education Specialization is designed for candidates with research interests focused on the teaching and learning of school mathematics. This includes mathematics curriculum, instruction, assessment, teacher preparation, and professional development in the K-12 education system. Graduates of this program generally seek employment in a university Mathematics Department.

Preferred Academic Requirements and Experience

  • A masters degree in mathematics, statistics, or mathematics education
  • Certification to teach secondary mathematics OR the ability to earn the equivalent provisional licensure
  • One of the following:
    • Two years K-12 teaching experience
    • Two years college teaching experience

Note: Exceptional undergraduate applicants may be considered for an extended pathway program. Advanced undergraduate mathematics coursework is required (e.g., Advanced Calculus, Abstract Algebra, Analysis).

A Written Personal Statement Is Required

  • Summarizing the applicant’s educational and mathematical background
  • Describing relevant teaching experiences and research interests
  • Discussing the applicant’s strengths and goals as a mathematics teacher educator and education researcher

Official entrance examination, GRE is required.

International Applicants Must Meet One of the Following

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (minimum of 93 to qualify to Graduate Teaching Assistantship)
  • A minimum IELTS score of 7
  • Other document are required – please see the MSU Graduate School website for details

Note: This PhD program emphasizes the standards and practices of the K-12 education system in the United States. International applicants must submit a personal statement describing how their experiences and interests in teaching and research align with this emphasis on U.S. education.


Updated on: 10/29/2014.