Projected Timeline

Step 2
Form Committee
Step 3
Comprehensive Experience
  1. Meet with the Doctoral Program Director to state your intentions to complete the comprehensive experience.
  2. Seek comprehensive experience chair and committee members
  3. Candidate receives integrative essay prompts from committee chair and has three weeks to complete integrative essays.
  4. Candidate submits responses to the integrative essays to their entire committee. The committee has two weeks to review the integrative essays. A day is set for a committee meeting with the student to defend the integrative essays. Committee members pass or fail the candidate, notifying them immediately of the decision.
  5. If the candidate passes, they reach candidacy and can begin work on the literature review.

Notes and Resources:

Step 4
Literature Review

Candidate conducts a literature review of the literature related to a particular topic in mathematics education and then synthesizes that review to produce a critical analysis of the relevant literature. The candidate should choose a topic related to their potential dissertation topic. Although the work prepared for the literature review may become the basis of the candidate’s dissertation, it should be distinguished from the proposal stage, where the candidate presents their research questions and research design. The candidate is 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 must explicitly address the following overarching questions:

  1. What theories and methodologies have researchers used to study your topic? How have these theories evolved through the history of mathematics education? Are these theories compatible or incompatible?
  2. What are the seminal works? What are key findings from these and other papers on the topic and how have researchers used these findings to further study the topic? If key findings have not supported further research describe possible reasons for this.
  3. What are the gaps in the current literature and areas for further study?

Notes and Resources:

  • For all stages of the dissertation, candidates are encouraged to expect at least two weeks for faculty members to provide feedback.
  • Develop a literature review, first in consultation with your chair and then with the other committee members
  • When all committee members agree that the literature review is ready to discuss, set a date for a formal discussion with the committee
  • Graduate School Resources for writing your dissertation can be found here.
Step 5
Dissertation Proposal
Step 6

Further information about Doctoral Policies, Procedures & Guidelines and the Dissertation Process is available at the website of The Graduate School.

Step 7

Congratulations, you have earned your PhD in Mathematics Education!

Other Requirements

Publication Requirement

Students in the PhD program will be expected to complete the following activities before defending their dissertation:

  • Submit an article viable for publication to a peer-reviewed mathematics education journal.
  • Present a research paper at a national or international conference.

Enrollment Requirement

Students must be continuously enrolled during their matriculation in the degree.