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Master's and Doctorate in Mathematics Education

The Mathematics Education graduate programs at the University of Oklahoma prepare 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 master’s and doctoral programs at the University of Oklahoma 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 (12 hours)

Studies in Teaching and Learning (3 hours)           

Studies in Cultural Diversity (3 hours)           

Research (6 hours)


Concentration (21-24 hours)

Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English Education, Instructional Leadership (including Integrated Arts Education), Mathematics Education,Reading Education, Science Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies Education, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education


Culminating Experience (0-3 HOURS)

Thesis: EDUC 5980

Non-Thesis: EDUC 6930 or EDUC 5972

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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 5233 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, with either a broad Instructional Leadership emphasis or a specific program area emphasis.  The following are ILAC concentrations:

1.  Early Childhood Education

2.  Elementary Education           

3.  English Education                       

4.  Instructional Leadership (including Integrated Arts Education)           

5.  Mathematics Education

6.  Reading Education

7.  Science Education

8.  Secondary Education

9.  Social Studies Education

Courses for all concentrations focus on (1) the specialization areas and (2) related educational areas, including academic disciplines. 

The Instructional Leadership specialization includes a minimum of 9 hours in ILAC taken after the master’s degree (not including dissertations hours) and remaining hours taken in related educational areas. 

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

Visit the Course Catalog for course descriptions.