Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Programs with an emphasis in Mathematics Education

Today's elementary, middle, secondary and university mathematics research, instruction and curriculum embrace a variety of strategies and technologies. The TLAC graduate program in mathematics education includes work with the latest research findings, curriculum developments, computer-based teaching tools, Internet and web-based sources and information technologies such as modeling, visualization and data management. The program characteristics include:

  • Research-based degree with an emphasis on mathematics learning with understanding and how to advance mathematics performance for all students.
  • Opportunity for individualized projects that expand knowledge about teaching and learning with and through technology.
  • Technology-rich environment, not only in terms of instructional tools, but also in the opportunity to employ technology in collecting data, modeling applied situations and building representations of important mathematics concepts.
  • Opportunity to study with a group of like-minded and motivated colleagues. Scheduled and available courses, making it possible to complete a degree within a well-defined time period.
  • Course work and research available on-campus, as well as via the Internet and through distance-learning, offering geographic and economic flexibility and accessibility.

Students come from a variety of backgrounds, possess a wide array of experiences and achieve national exposure before graduation. As a result of mentorship by mathematics education faculty and through participation in extant research projects, graduate students will present their work at local, regional and national conferences as well as publish in relevant journals.

Mathematics Education offers three graduate degree plans: a 64-hour Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and 32-hour Master of Science (M.S.) and a 36-hour Master of Education (M.Ed.). Each program includes strong mathematics education theory, involvement in on-going research and writing and presenting papers.

Note: This is not a teacher certification program


To be admitted to a graduate program, you must apply to the TLAC department and Texas A&M University.

Core Curriculum

M.S. Degree Plan

The M.S. degree plan requires a minimum of thirty-two (32) credit hours. This option provides the opportunity to conduct meaningful instruction level research in the completion of a thesis. Residency for the Master of Science degree requires the completion of nine (9) research credit hours during the fall, spring or 10-week summer semester.

M.Ed. Degree Plan

The M.Ed. degree plan requires a minimum of thirty-six (36) credit hours. The degree is a non-thesis degree.

Ph.D. Degree Plan

The Ph.D. degree plan includes quality course work and research experiences, preparing students to be involved in mathematics education research. The program encompasses core courses and specialized study in mathematics education, leading to a dissertation on an original research question. Students may pursue individual interests, while joining in ongoing research projects of the Mathematics Education faculty.

Adequate Progress for Ph.D. Students