Ph.D. in Mathematics Education
The maximum time allowed for completion of a doctoral program (i.e., successful defense and approval of the Final Doctoral Oral Examination) at NC State University is 10 years. The student’s degree clock for time to completion starts with the first course approved for inclusion in the plan of work, including courses taken as a PBS student or towards a different PhD degree before being formally admitted to Mathematics Education. Graduate Students and Advisors should check the official summary in the Graduate School Administrative Handbook for complete and up-to-date requirements.
There are three phases to a doctoral program: Coursework (which includes choosing a Committee and preparing a Plan of Work), Preliminary Exams, and Dissertation. Students must progress through the Coursework and successful completion of Preliminary Exams in a maximum of 6 years.
The coursework phase introduces the student, both broadly and deeply, to significant concepts and methods in mathematics education research. Students are strongly urged to pursue and research topics of interest to them within or outside of their coursework requirements. As students approach the end of the coursework phase, they should focus work on areas of concentration leading to the preliminary examination. As different students may focus their work in different ways, it is crucial to choose elective and research methods courses with consultation of the advisor and committee members. Required coursework, including general education, methodology, and concentration requirements are listed as follows. Students should expect coursework to take between two to three years of fulltime study depending on previous coursework experience at the master’s level. Requirements for each phase are below. Specific coursework requirements may change based on decisions by the graduate faculty with specified dates of applicability. All students must demonstrate at least 72 hrs of coursework taken beyond the bachelor’s degree and no student will be awarded a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education with fewer than 54 semester hours of course work taken at NCSU in the Ph.D. Plan of Work.
All doctoral students must complete the equivalent of the Math Education Master's level coursework. Much of this coursework may have been taken as part of a Master's Degree program here or at another institution.
Grades in Courses and Overall GPA
Students must maintain above a 3.0 GPA throughout their program, or face probation, suspension, or termination. In addition only courses in which a student earns a B- or better may count towards graduate credit as MAJOR courses listed in the Plan of Work. This rule is in effect for all students who began their PhD program in Summer 2011 or later. If program started before Summer 2011, courses in the Major category must have a C- or better. Courses designated as MINOR courses need to have a grade of C- or better in the Plan of Work.
Major courses consist of courses taken at NCSU to meet requirements in Mathematics Education, Research, Professional Education, and Dissertation Research on the Doctoral Program worksheet. Minor Courses consist of all courses counting towards a student’s minor.
Thus, courses that are being counted as Mathematical Sciences for your minor should be listed in the Minor area (even if they are being applied towards meeting a research requirement as well).