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:

  • mathematical proof;
  • equity issues;
  • rational numbers;
  • mathematical agency;
  • problem solving and problem posing;
  • mathematical representations;
  • instructional strategies;
  • collaborative learning with technology;
  • professional development; and
  • affect and engagement in mathematics learning.

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 click here for program requirements.

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.

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 Mejia-Ramos.