(M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction)

This program is offered to anyone who would like to earn Mathematics Education (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction) only. If you are interested in State of Virginia Licensure, applicants should apply for Mathematics Education Licensure program that lists all the licensure/endorsement requirements.

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

We believe that all teacher educators must be prepared to provide equity and access for all learners at all educational levels, kindergarten through doctoral studies

30-42

Credit Hours

Interdisciplinary Degree

100% 

Faculty Commitment

Intensive Research Opportunities

Our Mathematics Education program

The Mathematics Education program at Virginia Tech unites faculty and students from the Mathematics Department and School of Education. Our research focuses on understanding how students learn mathematics, which informs curriculum design, teaching practices, and assessment instruments. We seek to establish equitable learning environments that take advantage of current research and technology. 

Why Study Mathematics Education Here?

This program is nationally accredited. Our math education faculty focus on preparing highly-qualified math teachers while engaging in innovative research on teaching and learning. With some members residing in the Department of Teaching & Learning and others in the Math Department, our faculty take advantage of opportunities to collaborate with additional Virginia Tech faculty members across the School of Education and the College of Science.

What You’ll Study

The Mathematics Education (M.A.Ed.) Program includes coursework in mathematics pedagogy, mathematics, educational foundations, special education, and research methods.

Coursework will be determined based on students' interest in consultation with faculty advisor.

Blacksburg Campus

This degree program is offered at the Blacksburg campus. The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center. 

Our Faculty 

Research Interests

  • Mathematics Education
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Mathematics Beliefs and Attitudes
  • Children’s development of fractions concepts
  • Teaching and learning of probability and statistics

Jesse L Wilkins, Professor, School of Education

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Jesse L Wilkins, Professor, School of Education

Associate Professor, Mathematics

Research Interests

  • Students' understanding of linear algebra
  • Development of mathematical meaning over time (for both individual students and the classroom as a collective community) and explores ways to coordinate the analyses at the individual and collective levels
  • Students' development of formal ways of reasoning about mathematical concepts via authentic participation in discipline-specific mathematical activities

Research Interests

  • Building models of how middle school students construct their integer (signed number) concepts
  • Incorporating results from learning research into mathematics education policy and instruction

Catherine (Katy) Ulrich, Assistant Professor, School of Education

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Catherine (Katy) Ulrich, Assistant Professor, School of Education

Professor, Mathematics

Research Interests

  • Students' mathematical development using teaching experiments, along with quantitative methods
  • Students' mathematical conjectures formed in the context of learning fractions, algebra, and geometry

Research Interests

  • Education and training of mathematics specialists
  • Professional development for in-service K-12 teachers
  • Instructional strategies for teacher education

Bettibel Carson Kreye, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Education

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Bettibel Carson Kreye, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Education

Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Research Interests

  • Investigating classroom instructional practices
  • Developing and researching the impacts of instructional support
  • Identifying factors and influences that shape pedagogical practice

Mathematics Education Research Highlights

  • Norton, A., Wilkins, J. L. M., & Xu C. Z. (2018). A progression of fraction schemes common to Chinese and U.S. students. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education49(2), 210-226.
  • MacDonald, B. L., & Wilkins, J. L. M. (2017). Seven types of subitizing activity characterizing young children's mental activity. In S. Marx & S. L. Gregory (Eds.), Qualitative research in STEM, (pp. 256-286). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Sloane, F. C., & Wilkins, J. L. M. (2017). Aligning statistical modeling with theories of learning in mathematics education research. In J. Cai (Ed.), Compendium for Research in Mathematics Education (pp. 183-207). Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Ulrich, C., & Wilkins, J. L. M. (2017). Using written work to investigate stages in sixth-grade students' construction and coordination of units. International Journal of STEM Education, 4:23.
  • Wilkins, J. L. M., & Ulrich, C. (2017). The role of skip counting in children's reasoning. Virginia Mathematics Teacher, 43(2), 8-14. 
  • Skaggs, G., Wilkins, J. L. M., & Hein, S. F. (2017). Estimating an observed score distribution from a cognitive diagnostic model. Applied Psychological Measurement, 41(2), 150-154. 
  • Kreye, B., & Tilley-Lubbs, G. A. (2014) Collaboration for authentic preservice teacher experiences: Mathematics and English as a second language. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Vol. 25, No. 3.

Students interested in applying to the Mathematics Education (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction) should contact the program leader, Dr. Jay Wilkins, by email at wilkins@vt.edu.

Visit our office at 300C War Memorial Hall (0313), 370 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Domestic and International Applicants
Spring:  October 15
Summer: February 15
Fall:  February 15
State of Virginia Licensure Applicants
This program is offered to anyone who would like to earn Mathematics Education (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction) only. If you are interested in State of Virginia Licensure, applicants should apply for Mathematics Education Licensure program that lists all the licensure/endorsement requirements.

CONTACT US

Jay Wilkins
Program Leader
300C War Memorial Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8326
wilkins@vt.edu

School of Education
226 War Memorial Hall (0313)
370 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061