Math Education

PhD in Teaching and Learning, Focus on Mathematics Education

Prepare to conduct research at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary level. The PhD in Teaching and Learning allows you to focus on Mathematics Education. 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

Learn more about our doctoral degree requirements

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.

Our faculty include:
Jasmine Ma
Martin Simon
Orit Zaslavksy

How to apply

See application requirements and deadlines for the PhD program in Teaching and Learning. Please indicate your specific interest in Mathematics Education on your application.

We offer a competitive funding program for full-time PhD students that supports tuition and living expenses. See more information about the funding program or visit the Financial Aid website.

Applications to the PhD in Teaching and Learning will also be considered for NYU’s Institute of Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program if the applicants have relevant qualifications and express interests that align with IES-PIRT’s central themes. A separate application is not necessary. See the IES-PIRT program for more information.

Prepare for a career as a
  • Researcher or teacher educator in mathematics education in colleges and universities
  • Mathematics education specialist or consultant in government organizations and multi-national corporations
For more information about this PhD program, please contact

Orit Zaslavsky
Professor of Math Education