About the Mathematics Education PhD Program

The PhD program in Mathematics Education at UMass Dartmouth addresses a national problem by preparing graduates for variety of essential careers in education, scientific institutions, industry, and federal agencies. The program is the result of many years of research and development pioneered by Professor James Kaput and maintained by present faculty.

The programs offered through the Department of STEM Education & Teacher Development capitalize on the rich infrastructure of the Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM education.

As a doctoral student, you will develop the knowledge and skills you need to:

  • Reconstruct, appropriate, and develop mathematical knowledge.
  • Explore approaches that emerge from the study of the research literature.
  • Write original research that represents their own contribution to knowledge.
  • Use critical thinking skills to deal with transformation of knowledge.
  • Formulate and design solutions to complex educational problems.

The PhD program provides you with traditional scholarly preparation as well as a variety of practical experiences that better prepare you for a wide range of settings. Such experiences include a research internship, participation in colloquia through the Kaput Center, and opportunities to conduct, publish and present your own research throughout the program.

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