Degrees & Programs

Mathematics Education

There is a shortage of middle- and high-school mathematics teachers and of university-level mathematics teacher educators. Although there are no national rankings of mathematics education programs, our program has a reputation as one of the best in the country for graduate-level teacher preparation and for university-level teacher educators.

IU mathematics education faculty are well-known for their research in student learning, teacher preparation, assessment, technology, and a number of other areas.

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Overview

As a master’s level student in mathematics education, you’ll learn new strategies for engaging students, from standards-based teaching to appropriate uses of technology in the mathematics classroom.

Doctoral programs combine a strong emphasis on research with the background to work in teacher education, curriculum development, and mathematics teaching.

Degrees

The School of Education offers the following degrees in mathematics education:

M.S.Ed. in Secondary Education (Mathematics Track)

The M.S. degree in secondary education with an emphasis in mathematics is designed for teachers at the middle and high school levels. If you’re an experienced teacher, this degree will improve your skills while preparing you to become a supervising teacher or department chair. If you’re new to teaching, this degree can include teacher certification as part of your degree requirements.

There is no official mathematics track for the elementary education master’s degree, but you can work with a faculty advisor in our department if you wish to make elementary-level mathematics your area of concentration.

Students planning to earn teacher certification may choose to participate in the Community of Teachers program.

The 36-credit hour programs focus on innovative educational practices and can include coursework in graduate-level mathematics if desired. A thesis or practicum option is available for students who plan to eventually pursue a doctoral degree.

M.S. in Mathematics Education Specialization within Secondary Education

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Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

Major (18 cr.)

  • J500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum (3 cr.)
  • N517 Advanced Methods in the Teaching of Middle/Junior High School Mathematics (3 cr.) or N518 Advanced Methods in the Teaching of Middle/Junior High School Mathematics (3 cr.)
  • Six (6) credit hours of mathematics courses at the 400 level or above, selected under the direction of your academic advisor.
  • Six (6) additional credit hours selected under the direction of your academic advisor.

Foundations (3 cr.) – Choose one of the following courses:

  • H504 History of American Education (3 cr.)
  • H510 Foundations of Educational Inquiry (3 cr.)
  • H520 Education and Social Issues (3 cr.)
  • H525 Anthropology of Education (3 cr.)
  • H530 Philosophy of Education (3 cr.)
  • H538 Critical Thinking and Education (3 cr.)
  • H540 Sociology of Education (3 cr.)
  • P501 Statistical methods Applied to Education (3 cr.)
  • P507 Testing in the Classroom (3 cr.)
  • P510 Psychology in Teaching (2–3 cr.)
  • P516 Adolescent Development (3 cr.)
  • P525 Psychological Issues in Education (3 cr.)
  • P540 Learning and Cognition in Education (3 cr.)
  • P544 Applied Cognition and Learning Strategies (3 cr.)

Thesis/Practicum (3 cr.)

X599 Thesis or J538 Practicum or other courses selected with the approval of the program advisor.

Electives (9 cr.)

These courses must have a unified focus in mathematics education and must be approved by your academic advisor. With the advisor’s consent, candidates are encouraged to enroll in N590 Independent Research in Mathematics Education (1-3 cr.)

Ph.D. in Mathematics Education

The Ph.D. prepares students to do research and teach mathematics and mathematics education at the university or college level. Specifically, this 90-credit hour Ph.D. program prepares you to conduct original research on mathematics-related topics, such as how to assess student performance in mathematics, experiential studies of how professionals use math compared to the techniques they were taught in middle and high school, or how technology can be used to enhance mathematics learning.

Although some programs in mathematics education focus on college-level mathematics, the Indiana University doctoral program focuses on K-12 mathematics teaching and learning. Most students entering the program have pre-college teaching experience and graduates of the program often become university faculty who prepare elementary and secondary teachers.

The program is headquartered in Bloomington, but it is often possible to complete some of the coursework on the IUPUI campus.

Master’s course work more than five years old may not always be applied to the degree, so individuals who completed master’s degrees more than five years prior to applying should check with program faculty about transferring in masters level coursework.

Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

At the completion of your course work and before you begin your dissertation, you will need to pass a qualifying exam, in the form of portfolio of work and an oral examination.

The Doctoral Program guide provides an overview of information about program offerings and requirements from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. If you are considering our graduate program, this booklet will be a valuable reference as you plan your course of study.

Read the guidelines fro the Ph.D. Qualifying Process in Mathematics Education>>

Inquiry Core (9 cr. minimum)

The inquiry core includes a survey course in research methodologies and beginning courses in statistics, measurement, program evaluation, or in ethnographic, qualitative, quantitative, and historical research methods. See a complete list of approved inquiry core courses from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Major (36 cr.)

At least six (6) credit hours must be in inquiry linkage courses, including an early inquiry experience.

Minor (12 cr.)

At least twelve (12) credit hours of course work will be taken in an area of study outside of mathematics and mathematics education. The minor must complement the major. The committee member representing the minor field must approve the selection of courses in the minor area. An interdepartmental/interdisciplinary minor is also possible. In this case, the student must submit a written description of the theme of the minor, an explanation of the contribution of each course to that theme, and a rationale for the selection of the minor representative.

Electives (up to 27 cr.)

This category can include foundations courses, minor course work, or inquiry course work.

Dissertation (15 cr.)

  • At least three (3) credit hours of J795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation
  • At least twelve (12) credit hours of J799 Doctoral Thesis in Curriculum and Instruction
Ed.D. in Mathematics Education

The 60-credit post-masters Ed.D. degree includes much of the same coursework as the Ph.D. Individuals pursuing the degree have the option of focusing more on curriculum development than Ph.D. students, although research is still a significant part of the program.

The Ed.D. may be a good choice for students who completed their master’s degree studies more than five years ago, because there is no need to worry about transferring in courses to meet the 90-credit requirement for the Ph.D.

Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

At the completion of your course work and before you begin your dissertation, you will need to pass a qualifying exam, in the form of portfolio of work and an oral examination.

Inquiry Core (9 cr.)

The inquiry core includes a survey course in research methodologies and beginning courses in statistics, measurement, program evaluation, or in ethnographic, qualitative, quantitative, and historical research methods. See a complete list of approved inquiry core courses from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Major (27 cr.)

At least three (3) credit hours must be in an inquiry linkage course. (No early inquiry experience course is required.)

Minor (9 cr.)

At least nine (9) credit hours of course work will be taken in an area of study outside of mathematics and mathematics education. The minor must complement the major. The committee member representing the minor field must approve the selection of courses in the minor area. An interdepartmental/interdisciplinary minor is also possible. In this case, the student must submit a written description of the theme of the minor, an explanation of the contribution of each course to that theme, and a rationale for the selection of the minor representative.

Electives (6 cr.)

This category can include foundations courses, minor course work, or inquiry course work.

Dissertation (9 cr.)

The focus of the dissertation is on data collection and analysis for the purpose of answering practical questions in the field. Course work will include:

  • At least three (3) credit hours of J795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation
  • At least six (6) credit hours of J799 Doctoral Thesis in Curriculum and Instruction
Faculty

Although the program is based in Bloomington, faculty from the IUPUI and IUPUC campuses work with graduate students in a variety of ways. All faculty members have teaching experience at the K-12 and university levels and are nationally recognized researchers in topics related to mathematics education. Our research interests include the use of project-based mathematics instruction, how psychological development affects students’ ability to learn mathematics, strategies for assessing mathematics knowledge, and best practices for educating future mathematics educators.

From left to right: Enrique Galindo, Erik Tillema, Amy Hackenberg, Cathy Brown, Gina Yoder, Dionne Cross, Peter Kloosterman, Crystal Hill Morton, and Craig Willey

Pictured from left to right: Enrique Galindo (IUB), Erik Tillema (IUPUI), Amy Hackenberg (IUB), Cathy Brown (IUPUC), Gina Borgioli Yoder (IUPUI), Dionne Cross (IUB), Peter Kloosterman (IUB), Crystal Hill Morton (IUPUC), Craig Willey (IUPUI)

Not pictured: Diana Lambdin (emeritus), Richard Lesh (emeritus), Frank Lester (emeritus), Sara Sturgeon (IUB secretary), Kathryn Essex (IUPUC), Crystal Walcott (IUPUC)

IUPUI Faculty
IUPUC Faculty
  • Catherine Brown, Head, Division of Education/Director, Center for Teacher and Learning, Professor, Mathematics Education
  • N. Kathryn Essex, Assistant Professor, Foundations Education
  • Crystal Y. Walcott, Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education
IUB Faculty
  • Dionne Cross, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education
  • Enrique Galindo, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education
  • Amy Hackenberg, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
  • Erik Jacobson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
  • Peter Kloosterman, Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Chair for Teacher Education; Professor of Mathematics Education
  • Diana Lambdin, Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Chair for Teacher Education (2005-2010) and Emerita Professor (Mathematics Education and Teacher Education)
  • Richard Lesh, Professor Emeritus
  • Frank Lester, Emeritus Chancellor's Professor of Education, Martha Lea & Bill Armstrong Professor of Teacher Education 2000-2005 & Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Education and of Cognitive Science
Careers

Career options for mathematics education students run the gamut from teaching in middle and high schools to teaching education and mathematics at the university level. If you’re new to teaching, our education careers advisors can help you with your job search. If you’re looking for a higher education position, the sites below offer a good idea of the opportunities available to you:

Contact

For more detailed program information, please contact:

Sara Sturgeon, Department Secretary
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 3288
Email: slsturge@indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-8129

Professor Enrique Galindo, Program Coordinator
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 3109
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Email: egalindo@indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-8185