Ph.D. LCID Specialization in Mathematics Education | Graduate School of Education

Ph.D. LCID Specialization in Mathematics Education

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Mathematics Education
Associated Degree:
  • Ph.D.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Doctoral
Program Type:
  • Degree


The specialization in Mathematics Education within the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration prepares students to:

  • conduct basic research on the learning and teaching of mathematics;
  • understand how people at all ages learn mathematics;
  • understand how teachers can facilitate mathematics learning; and
  • articulate between mathematicians and mathematics educators (via a strong background in both mathematics and mathematics education).

Among the research topics of faculty and doctoral students are:

  • problem solving and problem posing;
  • mathematical representations;
  • instructional strategies;
  • collaborative learning with technology;
  • professional development; and
  • affect and attitudes of learners.

The specialization faculty have diverse backgrounds in disciplines such as: mathematics, mathematics education, cognitive psychology, physics, physics education, statistics, and computer science. Interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.


Please visit to apply. (Online applications are required.)

Applications are due by December 1 for fall admission.

Students applying to this program will need:

  • Transcripts from their undergraduate program and for any other degree they have received.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement that describes why you are interested in studying education at Rutgers. We are especially interested in knowing what your research interests are and with which faculty members you would like to work.
  • GRE scores (from within the last five years) -verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing are necessary. For more information on the GRE, please go to

Please refer to the GSE website for details about programs, faculty, admissions criteria, financial aid, and tuition. Questions about admissions procedures are answered by Graduate and Professional Admissions at the website listed above.


Proseminars (6 credits)
Required Research (6 credits)
Methodology (12 credits) Concentration (18 Credits)
Cognate Courses (6 Credits) Dissertation (24 credits)


Dan Battey Eugenia Etkina
Rick Falk Rochel Gelman
Gerald A. Goldin Carolyn A. Maher
Juan Pablo Mejía-Ramos Naftala Minsky
Arthur Powell Fred Roberts
Joseph G. Rosenstein Michael Saks
Roberta Schorr Keith Weber
Robert Wilson  

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. in Education requires 48 credits of coursework and 24 credits of dissertation research. All students in the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration take a common set of courses, accumulating 18 credits within the concentration, of which 6 credits must be classes within the concentration but outside the faculty adviser’s specialty. A complete listing of degree requirements is available  for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Juan Pablo Mejía-Ramos.