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Dr. Hollylynne S. Lee
Professor, Mathematics and Statistics Education
University Faculty Scholar
Graduate Program Coordinator for Mathematics and Statistics Education
Hollylynne@ncsu.edu
919.513.3544
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Christy Buck
Graduate Student Services Coordinator
christy_buck@ncsu.edu
919.515.1740

Program Area of Study

Mathematics & Statistics Education


Ph.D. in Learning and Teaching in STEM

The Mathematics and Statistics Education program area of study develops scholars who address issues related to the theory and practice of K-16 mathematics and/or statistics education. Students develop expertise in cutting-edge technology to bring about digital transformational approaches to learning, teaching, and assessment for a globally connected world.

If you are interested in applying for this program, please use the Apply Now button. When you reach the Graduate School site, the program will appear under its current name – Mathematics Education. If you have any questions, please contact either Dr. Karen Keene or the Director of Graduate Programs for the Ph.D., Dr. Aaron Clark.

Important Dates
December 1, 2017
Application deadline for fall
Complete applications for consideration for funding and assistantships are due December 1.


Program Description

Throughout this program, students will use, conduct and evaluate educational research at the highest level. Students may enter with a master’s degree in a variety of fields, such as: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Mathematics Education, Instructional Technology, Educational Psychology, Elementary Education, or Curriculum and Instruction. Each of these degree programs gives students different strengths and knowledge in content, and teaching and learning issues.

As students engage in professional leadership activities, they will particularly develop:

  • A strong foundation in advanced mathematical sciences
  • A profound understanding of K-12 school mathematics and statistics
  • A theoretical foundation in the learning of mathematics and statistics for a broad range of age groups and diverse populations
  • An applied foundation in the teaching of mathematics or statistics to a range of age groups with diverse populations
  • The knowledge and ability to lead and contribute to dialogues and debate historical, philosophical, psychological and sociological perspectives in mathematics or statistics education
  • An ability to analyze, critique and conduct research related to the teaching and learning of mathematics or statistics
  • An ability to apply theoretical knowledge and research results in settings such as: instruction, teacher education, evaluation, supervision, curricula development, technology development and policy-making

Admission Requirements

Please note: If you are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in our College of Education and are interested in pursuing a Ph.D., you must formally apply to the program through the Graduate School.

  • Masters degree in one of the fields described above.
  • GRE Scores dated within the last 5 years
  • Three recommendations from people who know your academic record and potential for graduate study
  • Sealed transcripts of all post-secondary education
  • Personal essay (1-2 pages) describing your career experiences, future personal goals and how a degree in the desired discipline will affect your career goals. Applicants should indicate how their research interests can benefit from faculty’s research foci. Include a resume (three pages or less) of experience: positions held, internships, volunteer efforts, publications, prior research and skill sets.

Course of Study

The course of study for a Ph.D. in mathematics and statistics education includes 56–62 hours of courses and dissertation work after a master’s degree. 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. There are three phases to a doctoral program: Coursework (which includes choosing a Committee and preparing a Plan of Work), Preliminary Exams and Dissertation.

Additional Info

Those interested in more details can see the Mathematics &
Statistics Education handbook