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Math Education Program (EdD)

Math Education (EdD)


To prepare a cadre of teachers and administrative staff who are capable of providing instructional leadership and who possess skills in curriculum development and in research in the teaching and learning of mathematics

To develop in participants a sensitivity to the characteristics and needs of urban students in general, and African-American students in particular, and to the peculiarities of urban environments and institutions, and the implications of these for the teaching and learning of mathematics in such settings

To effect positive changes in the teaching and learning of mathematics at all levels of educational systems


Applicants seeking entry to the program must have:

· A Master's degree in Mathematics or in Education. Applicants whose Master's degree is in Education must have earned at  least an undergraduate degree in Mathematics.

· Teacher certification is desirable.

· Scores on Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller's Analogy Test

· Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.6 and a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.0

• Classroom Teaching Experience: A minimum of 3 years of teaching experience is desirable.

General Requirements

Award of the degree is contingent upon completion of 63 credit hours of work inclusive of the Dissertation and the Practicum.
A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the program. Only courses in which a student has attained a grade of B or better will be counted towards the award of the degree. A student who receives a grade of C in more than 3 courses may be asked to discontinue the program.
Students holding part-time registration will be allowed to take a maximum of 9 credit hours of course work in any one semester.
Students holding full-time registration must take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester.
All candidates will be required to complete a practicum. The practicum will involve an intervention in some aspect of the teaching/ learning of mathematics at a selected educational level.
All candidates must pass written and oral comprehensive examinations. Candidates shall become eligible to write the comprehensive examinations upon successful completion of 42 credit hours of course work, 8 credit hours of which should be mathematics content courses. Additionally, students must have removed any "I" or "F" grades in order to be eligible to write the comprehensives. A student who does not meet acceptable standards in any aspect of the comprehensive examination may be allowed to repeat the examination only once.
Each degree candidate must submit a dissertation. When the dissertation has been completed to the satisfaction of the Committee Chairperson, a dissertation defense will be scheduled during which the candidate must orally defend his/her work before the entire Dissertation Committee.
All requirements for the Ed.D. degree must be completed within a period of seven (7) years. The granting of a leave of absence by the School of Graduate Studies does not automatically extend this limit.

Residency Requirements

Part-time candidates will satisfy residency requirements by completing eighteen (18) credit hours over consecutive semesters (not including summer). Full-time students will satisfy these requirements by completing two (2) consecutive semesters, carrying at least nine (9) credit hours each semester.

Program of Study

The program consists of six components from which students must complete 63-credit hours. The six components are:

A. Educational Foundations
B. Research
C. Mathematics Education
D. Mathematics Content
E. Dissertation
F. Practicum

The coursework components of the program are made up of CORE courses and ELECTIVES.

Educational Foundations Credits

ASLC 601 *Curriculum Theory & Development 3
ASLL 601 *Learning Theory 3
ASLS 601 *Contemporary Issues in Urban Education 3
Other 600 Level Courses in the School of Education


EDSR 620 Action Research in Urban Education 3
EDSR 631 * Educational Statistics II (Inferential) 3
EDSR 622 *Quantitative Research Methods in Education 3
EDSR 624 *Qualitative Research Methods in Education 3

Mathematics Education

EDMA 620 *History, Philosophy, & Sociology of Mathematics 3
EDMA 621 *Planning, Developing & Evaluating the Mathematics Curriculum 3
EDMA 630 Methods of Concept Development in Mathematics Education 3
EDMA 650 Professional Development & Practice of Mathematics Teachers 3
EDMA 651 Seminar: Current Topics & Trends in Mathematics Education 3
EDMA 660 Special Topics in Mathematics Education 3
EDSM 610 Student Learning, Thinking & Discourse in Mathematics & Science 3
EDSM 621 Communities of Inquiry 3
EDSM 630 *Assessment & Evaluation in Science and Mathematics Education 3
EDSM 631 Issues & Applications of Technology in Science & Mathematics Education 3
EDSM 632 *Instructional Systems Analysis for Mathematics & Science Education 3

Mathematics Content

Four courses at the 500 level or above in the Mathematics Department 12


EDSM 641 Practicum in Mathematics and Science Education 3


EDSM 998 Dissertation Seminar
EDSM 997 Dissertation Guidance
* denotes CORE requirements

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