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Mathematics Education, Doctor of Philosophy

The Education PhD with a concentration in teacher education and specialization in mathematics education program is designed to meet the professional goals of those preparing for leadership roles in mathematics education. Students entering the doctoral program should expect to remain at the University of Tennessee for 3 to 5 years, depending on prior qualifications and level of commitment. Doctoral students will have multiple opportunities to participate in ongoing research and curriculum development in conjunction with the interests of faculty members. Please visit the faculty website to view their research interests and current projects.

Scholarships for qualified candidates are available through College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Information about Graduate Student Funding is available through the Graduate School.

If you are considering beginning graduate study in mathematics education with us, we strongly encourage you to contact us and discuss your personal goals.

Application Process

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Information about TPTE and Graduate  Assistantships

Applicants are expected to present verbal and quantitative GRE scores equal to or higher than the 50th percentile, based on the norms in effect at the time the test was taken. Applicants are expected to earn a minimum score of 4.5 points on the Analytic Writing subtest of the GRE. An overall GPA of 3.3 in previous graduate study is required for admission to doctoral study and an interview with the faculty may be required. Admissions decisions are made on a holistic basis to discern the candidate’s promise for doctoral study and to ascertain the match of the candidate’s educational goals with the resources and goals of the department. Non-native English speaking applicants must comply with all admission requirements stipulated by the Graduate School and are advised to speak with faculty regarding admission standards.

Financial Aid
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Course of Study

The student’s program of study is subject to Graduate Council policies and individual program requirements. The program of study as listed by the student on the Admission to Candidacy form must be approved by the doctoral committee. Students in TPTE’s doctoral education concentrations share a common set of course requirements with credits required as shown below. Doctoral committees may require students to take additional hours to fulfill degree requirements.

To view the course of study

Please follow this link to the UT Graduate Catalog.

  1. Select the appropriate catalog from the drop-down menu on the right.
  2. Select the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.
  3. Scroll to TPTE and select “Display Programs for this Department.”
  4. Click on the appropriate program to see the credit requirements and admission procedures for each program.

Additional Information about this Degree

Link to detailed information about the Doctor of Philosophy degree

For additional information on course requirements contact:

Lynn Hodge
410 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex
Phone:(865) 974-8778
Frances Harper
446 Claxton Education Complex
Phone: (865) 974-4040
Heather Davis, Administrative Support Assistant
A406 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex
Phone:(865) 974-0068