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Mathematics Education

Mathematics Education

Mathematics Education Ph.D.

The Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum Ph.D. with emphasis in Mathematics Education at the University of Oklahoma prepares students to continue and expand on their work as teachers of mathematics at a variety of levels including PK-12 school systems and higher education. Designed to build on the experiences of PK-12 mathematics teachers, the program explores ways to teach mathematics in authentic and meaningful ways through the use of problem-based curriculum and technology.

The program also accommodates and supports adult learners seeking teacher certification in mathematics or those interested in teaching college-level mathematics. Recent graduates of the doctoral program teach mathematics at all grade levels, teach college-level mathematics, work as curriculum developers and writers, serve as curriculum directors for their local school districts, work as professional development experts, and are on faculty as mathematics educators at universities throughout the United States. Mathematics education has long been considered a high-need area and as such, graduates from this program are in high-demand at both the PK-12 school level and in higher education.



Core (24 hours minimum)

  • ILAC 6013 Proseminar in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum (3 hours)
  • ILAC 6023 Theoretical Issues in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum (3 hours)
  • ILAC 6003 Curriculum Theory (3 hours)
  • ILAC 6233 Understanding Different Cultures (3 hours)
  • Research Methodologies 12 hours (minimum)

Concentration (36 hours minimum)

The concentration focuses on specializations within the field of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum.  Studies undertaken shape the thematic issues in the students' programs. Courses for all concentrations focus on (1) the specialization areas and (2) related educational areas, including academic disciplines.

Requirements and distribution of hours are specified by each program area (see program advisor).  For all concentrations, courses are selected based on program criteria and students' professional interests and goals.  Programs of study must be approved by the advisor and members of the doctoral committee.

Electives (12 hours maximum)

Electives allow the student and advisor some flexibility in including coursework that either (1) extends the number of hours in areas such as research methodology, but does not include dissertation hours, or (2) includes previously taken graduate course hours that do not fit existing categories.  Courses will be selected based on the students' professional interests and goals and approved by the advisor and doctoral committee.

Dissertation (9-12 hours)

Additional hours beyond the maximum 12 may be taken but will not be included as part of the 90-hour program.

TOTAL HOURS: 90 hours beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

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Students in the Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum doctoral program will take courses in: Theoretical Issues in the Curriculum and Instruction, Teaching and Learning, Cultural Diversity, Research Methodology, and the Specialization Area in which they are admitted.

New doctoral students in the Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum program also take a proseminar the first fall of their residency to orient them to the field, introduce them to professors, administrative leaders, and fellow students on campus, and to socialize them to the ethos of doctoral study and the academy.

Doctoral programs are designed for present and prospective service faculty positions in colleges and universities, public schools, and other education and training agencies in government and the private sector.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum is directed toward the development of scholarly expertise in a field of study and is intended to serve individuals who have promise of making contributions to their areas of expertise.

Prospective students are encouraged to seek additional information by contacting the college graduate programs officer, Mike Jenkins ( or the department chair, Dr. Kristy Brugar (

All ILAC programs consider applications on a rolling basis.