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Mathematics Education

PhD in Teaching and Learning Concentration

Prepare to conduct mathematics education research at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary level. You will work closely with faculty on all aspects of the research process, including designing a research proposal, honing your methodology, implementing a research agenda, and disseminating findings.

What You'll Learn

  • Strategies for designing and analyzing research studies in mathematics education
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods 
  • Current issues in mathematics pedagogy, teacher education, curriculum, and integration of educational technology 

How You'll Learn

Pedagogy and Content Courses

As a student in this doctoral program, you will take a series of courses focused on issues of teaching and learning and complete mathematics courses appropriate to the level of interest (elementary, secondary, post-secondary) in your research. If you're interested in doing work at the secondary or above level, you will take mathematics courses in the mathematics department.

Research Methods Courses

Take courses designed to prepare you for all aspects of the research process. You will gain mastery of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research methods in mathematics education, then work closely with faculty members to develop your own research interests and a research proposal. 

Exceptional Faculty Resources

Mathematics Education faculty work closely with College of Arts and Sciences faculty in NYU's Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences. These collaborations provide you with opportunities to draw on content knowledge and pedagogical expertise from a diverse range of sources.


You'll graduate prepared to work as a researcher or teacher educator in mathematics education in colleges and universities. You'll also have the skills needed to excel as a mathematics education specialist or consultant in government organizations and multinational corporations.