Program Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University, students must meet the requirements specified below.

  1. Introduction to Mathematics Education Research. Both of the following courses (6 total credits):
    • MTHE 926 Proseminar in Mathematics Education I (3 credits)
    • MTHE 927 Proseminar in Mathematics Education II (3 credits)
  2. Three courses from the following, with at least one course from each area (9 total credits):

    Pedagogy Courses

    • CEP 913 Psychology and Pedagogy of Mathematics (3 credits)
    • MTHE 997 Special Topics in Mathematics Education (3 credits)
    • TE 950 Mathematics Ways of Knowing (3 credits)
    • Content Courses

    • MTHE 840 Critical Content of School Mathematics: Number & Operations (3 credits)
    • MTHE 841 Critical Content of School Mathematics: Algebra (3 credits)
    • MTHE 842 Critical Content of School Mathematics: Geometry (3 credits)
  3. Teaching. One of the following courses (2 or 3 total credits):
    • MTHE 879 Teaching College Mathematics (3 credits)
    • TE 994 Laboratory and Field Experience in Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy (2 credits)
  4. Research Design. The following course (3 total credits):
    • MTHE 954 Design and Methods in Mathematics Education Research (3 credits)
  5. Research Methods. Two of the following courses (6 total credits):
    • CEP 931 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (3 credits)
    • CEP 933 Quantitative Methods in Educational Research II (3 credits)
    • EAD 955B Field Research Methods in Educational Administration (3 credits)
    • STT 801 Design of Experiments (3 credits)
    • STT 825 Sample Surveys (3 credits)
    • STT 843 Multivariate Analysis (3 credits)
  6. Foundations of Education. One 3-credit course in general education foundations, policy, teacher education, or learning and development, selected from a list of approved courses available from the student’s guidance committee.
  7. Mathematics/Statistics. Twelve credits in the Department of Mathematics or Department of Statistics and Probability appropriate to the student’s program of study and career goals, at the 400-level or above, excluding Mathematics 443.
  8. Cognate/focused interest courses. Nine credits in a cognate selected in consultation with the guidance committee. The cognate must be at least three courses appropriate to the student’s program of study.
  9. Research Practicum. Successful completion of a research practicum and the following course (3 total credits):
    • MTHE 995 Research Practicum (3 credits)
  10. Comprehensive Exams. Successful completion of comprehensive written and oral examinations administered by program faculty.
  11. Dissertation Research. Twenty-four credits of MTHE 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research.
  12. Successful oral defense of the dissertation.

Sample Program of Study

All students in PRIME are expected to have a notebook computer/laptop for use at MSU.