The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers this degree program.
Is this Program for Me?
The doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction (C & I) with an emphasis in Mathematics Education prepares graduates for leadership in the improvement of mathematics education at all levels in public and private schools, colleges and universities. The program places emphasis upon research and scholarly activity in a wide range of areas such as:
- Mathematics learning
- Mathematics teacher learning
- Curriculum reform
Students will be able to finish this degree in approximately five years if they are registered full-time (at least 9 hours per semester). If students attend school part-time, it will take longer to complete the program.
What will I learn?
This program emphasizes foundations of psychological and educational theory, statistics, and research methodology. Students work closely with faculty and fellow classmates to learn how to explore and conduct educational research. Students will also master the art of collaboration and negotiation while learning how to provide leadership in mathematics education professional development.
Students develop professional leadership, ethical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills through:
- Candidacy Research Project
- Comprehensive Exam
They will also develop essential knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Scholarly research, writing, and presentation skills
- Collaboration and negotiation
- Instructional practices for teaching pre-service mathematics teachers
- Instructional practices for professional development focusing on practicing mathematics teachers
Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. There are two paths that a student can follow as they pursue this Ed. D. Following are the most current sample degree plans:
UH4-8MMT (University of Houston 4th -8th grade Master Mathematics Teacher Certification):
This program is for students who are certified to teach 4th – 8th grade mathematics and who wish to earn a UH4-8MMT Certification. Each cohort begins in the Fall semester and is a five semester course sequence with 160 practicum-hours embedded across the courses. To be eligible for the UH4-8MMT Program, applicants must be admitted to a University of Houston M.Ed or Ed.D Curriculum and Instruction mathematics education program.
There are three steps to the UH4-8MMT Application:
- Apply to the M.Ed. in Math Education or the Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.
- Apply to the UH4-8MMT Cohort
- Apply for a certification plan
What can I do with my degree?
Graduates of the program become outstanding leaders in mathematics education. This program prepares students for careers in:
- Higher Education
- Early Childhood – 12th grade Schools
- Early Childhood – 12th grade Administration
- Non-profit Organizations
Graduates with an Ed. D. in C & I - Mathematics Education may pursue the following positions:
- College or University Professors
- Educational Research Analysts
- Program Evaluators
- Early Childhood -12th grade Mathematics Curriculum Specialists
To apply for this program, please see the Graduate Application Checklist.