Doctor of Philosophy


Teacher Education


The Mathematics Education track in the Education PhD program prepares mathematics educators for careers in postsecondary teaching, research and leadership in mathematics education. The track provides them with the mentorship, experiences and resources important for success in their professional aspirations. In this track, students have the opportunity to participate in research activities with faculty, engage in innovative undergraduate teaching, become involved in internal and external interdisciplinary partnerships and grants, and interact with the nationally acclaimed Lockheed Martin/UCF Teaching Academy for Mathematics and Science. This program is designed to prepare educators for faculty positions in higher education as well as leadership roles in K-12 settings and mathematics education leadership.

Program Details

  • The Mathematics Education track requires a minimum of 63 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Students must complete 24 credit hours of core courses, nine credit hours of specialization courses, 12 credit hours of electives, three credit hours of internship, and a minimum of 15 credit hours of dissertation. All students must also complete the candidacy examination.
  • Mathematics Education faculty members:
    • Take an active role in mentoring doctoral students through research, teaching, service, leadership and professional learning.
    • Have dedicated involvement in national as well as state professional organizations and schools and districts, which provides various opportunities for students during and upon completion of the doctoral program.
    • Share a strong collective dedication to equitable, just and inclusive mathematics education for each and every student PK-16.
    • Serve as career mentors, sponsors and advocates for doctoral students, providing them with networking and professional opportunities to become fully immersed in the field.
  • Mathematics Education doctoral students:
    • Learn from and collaborate with faculty with a strong national presence who specialize in mathematics education and have diverse research and scholarship interests.
    • Have opportunities to both lead research and work as part of collaborative teams in environments spanning K-12 schools, on campus and across higher-education institutions.
  • The program’s graduates hold positions as mathematics education faculty members in higher education across the U.S. and internationally, as well as serve in K-12 mathematics school and district-level leadership positions.