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Mathematics Education

Doctoral Program Director
Dr. Alex White
MCS, Room 470

Advisor Support
Amanda Garza
MCS, Room 470

Ph.D. Program Director
Dr. Thomas Keller
MCS, Room 557

Texas State offers opportunities to work with outstanding faculty in a collegial atmosphere where mathematicians and math educators work closely together. The multi-faceted program offers a strong mathematics foundation and research opportunities through Mathworks, grant activities, and local school partnerships that prepare students to become leaders in mathematics education research.

Degree Course Work Dissertation Total Hours
Ph.D. 60 hours 18 hours 78 hours

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall January 10 January 10
Spring August 10 August 10
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
For scholarship, fellowship or assistantship consideration, applications must be completed by the deadline above. Read additional information below.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree or higher (or the equivalent thereof) in mathematics, mathematics education, or a related field from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

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GRE Scores

  • official GRE (general test only) required with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections

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  Effective Spring 2020 and beyond

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required

Documents & Other Requirements

  • interview with faculty
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose (500 words) describing your background and professional goals, including your rationale for pursuing a doctoral degree in mathematics education and your teaching philosophy
  • three letters of recommendation addressing your professional and academic background as well as research and teaching potential
  • two years of teaching experience. Read additional information below

  Review important information about documents, including the submission instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU). You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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Additional Information

  Funding Information
The deadline for applying for teaching assistantships is March 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. The deadline for apply for graduate fellowships (only for new doctoral students) is February 22 for the fall.

  Teaching Experience
Each student in the mathematics education program is expected to have two years teaching experience. If you have taught for two or more years at full-time status in the public school system, you will be considered to have met this requirement. If you have not met this requirement upon admission, you will be required to gain practical teaching experience before graduation. If you receive a teaching assistantship while in the program, each long semester you have a two-course assignment will count as one half of a year of experience. If you teach two summer sessions, you will be given credit for one long semester. In the event that you have other forms of practical teaching experience, the Ph.D. program director will determine the amount of credit received on an individual basis.