EdD Course Requirements

Complete 60 semester hours including the following 8 requirement(s).

  1. REQUIRED MATHEMATICS EDUCATION COURSES:

    Complete 5 courses from the list below for a total of 15 semester hours:

    • MATH 811 Mathematics Education Leadership (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 812 Mathematical Modeling for Middle Level & High School Grades (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 813 Geometry for Middle and High School Grades (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 814 Algebra and Analysis for Middle and High School Grades (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 815 Critical Thinking and Cognitive Development in Mathematics (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 816 Mathematics Curricula (3 credit hours)
  2. REQUIRED EDUCATION COURSES

    Complete 3 courses to earn 9 semester hours:

    • EDFD 801 Democracy and Education3
    • EDFD 803 Pedagogy: The Art and Science of Teaching and Learning (3 credit hours)
    • EDFD 804 Organizational Change, Policy and Leadership (3 credit hours)
  3. ELECTIVE MATHEMATICS EDUCATION COURSES

    Complete 3 courses from the list below to earn 9 semester hours.

    • MATH 740 Technological Tools for Education in Mathematics (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 741 Historical and Multicultural Foundations of Mathematical Thought (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 742 Mathematical Modeling in the Sciences (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 743 Advanced Perspectives in High School Mathematics (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 744 Selected Topics in Mathematics Education (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 745 The Use of Teacher Knowledge in Mathematics Teaching (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 790 Independent Study in Mathematics Education (3 credit hours)
  4. RESEARCH REQUIREMENT

    Complete the following 5 requirements for a total of 15 semester hours:

    • EDFD 820 Qualitative Methods for Educational Research (3 credit hours)
    • EDFD 821 Quantitative Methods for Educational Research (3 credit hours)
    • EDFD 822 Advanced Methods of Quantitative Inquiry in Education (3 credit hours) OR
      EDFD 823 Advanced Qualitative Research in Education (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 825 Research in Mathematics Education (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 830 Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3 credit hours)
  5. QUALIFYING ASSESSMENT

    Successfully complete the qualifying assessment requirement.

  6. REQUIRED DISSERTATION COURSES

    Complete the following 2 requirements:

    1. Dissertation Advisement
      MATH 900 Dissertation Advisement (12 credit hours)
    2. Dissertation Extension

      After 12 hours of Dissertation Advisement, register for 1 hour of each semester w/in time limit set by Grad School.

      MATH 901 Dissertation Extension 1
  7. Students must be continuously enrolled during their matriculation in the degree.
    • Students who are not taking courses in a particular semester must enroll in "Continuous Matriculation" - GRAD-CMP.
    • Students who have completed all coursework may sign up for "Comps Prep" - MATH 920 during the semester they spend preparing their comprehensive exam.

Candidates are eligible to commence the comprehensive experience after the completion of 75% of required coursework including MATH 825 and at least one of MATH 820 and MATH 821.

The comprehensive experience includes a written portion and a presentation.

  • Written
    • Review of the research literature: Candidates prepare an extensive review of the literature related to a specific topic in mathematics education that focuses on current and relevant literature and connects theory to research and past research to current research. Candidates should choose a topic related to their potential dissertation topic. The review of the literature should include a broad perspective on the topic by describing different strands of research and providing comparative analysis. Although the work prepared for the literature review may become the basis of the candidate's dissertation, the qualifying experience should focus on the literature and should be distinguished from the proposal stage, where the candidate presents his/her research questions. Candidates are encouraged to conclude their literature review by highlighting gaps in the extant literature and using the literature to propose future directions of research in the area. The literature review should be about 30 pages in length and must follow current APA guidelines. The literature review should explicitly address the following overarching questions:
      1. How has the theory underlying your topic evolved through the history of mathematics education? What are the seminal works?
      2. What are areas for further study?
    • Integrative essay: The purpose of the integrative essay is to enable students to demonstrate their theoretical and practical understandings of the core competencies of the PhD in Mathematics Education. Through the integrative essay, candidates consider the wide body of literature related to mathematics education and demonstrates an understanding of the literature in a cogent way. Candidates are given two written prompts chosen by the program director. Candidates have three weeks to prepare responses to the two prompts. Each response should be 15-16 pages in length, double spaced. The integrative essay is sent to each member of the committee two weeks prior to the anticipated presentation date.
  • Presentation
    • Candidates present their literature review (Part A of their written work) at a departmental seminar. The audience for the seminar will include faculty, undergraduate and graduate students and others from outside MSU who may be interested in applying to the doctoral program. The candidate presents his/her literature review for 30 minutes, followed by questions from the audience for an additional 15 minutes. Because this part of the comprehensive experience is intended to emulate conference presentations and because it is important to be able to present material in a succinct way, these time limits will be strictly enforced. Following the seminar, the committee remains to ask the candidate questions related to the integrative essay and any additional questions in regard to the literature review or the presentation. The candidate is not allowed any materials besides copies of the literature review and two integrative essays. After up to one hour of discussions, the candidate leaves the room and the committee members meet to discuss the presentation and the responses to questions about the integrative essay.
    • Following the seminar, the committee remains to ask the candidate questions related to the integrative essay and any additional questions in regard to the literature review or the presentation. The candidate is not allowed any materials besides copies of the literature review and two integrative essays. After up to one hour of discussions, the candidate leaves the room and the committee members meet to discuss the presentation and the responses to questions about the integrative essay.
    • The quality of the qualifying experience will be assessed with regard to understanding of the field, clarity of writing, ability to communicate effectively during the presentation, and ability to answer questions. Candidates are encouraged to take courses concurrent with their work on the qualifying experience but may not begin work on the dissertation proposal until the qualifying experience requirements have been fulfilled.