Mathematics, Education Option (M.S.)
Interdisciplinary degree through the Department of Mathematics
Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus
Instructions: Residential/On Campus
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Intensive Research Opportunities
Our Mathematics Education program
The M.S. Mathematics, Education Option is an interdisciplinary degree through the Department of Mathematics, designed to be completed in two years. It is intended for students who have both an interest in mathematics education research and a desire to gain fluency in advanced mathematics.
Why Study Mathematics Education Here?
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 following is a guideline for the creation of a Program of Study for the M.S. Mathematics (Education Option). More details are found at the Mathematics Department Homepage, including information about specific courses and graduate support opportunities.
Requirements: 30 credits
- Background Material (must have previously taken their equivalence or successfully complete during the M.S. program)
- MATH 4225, 4226 Elementary Real Analysis
- MATH 4124 Abstract Algebra
- a course that involves computation in a significant way. Suggestions are MATH 4445, MATH 4446, or MATH 4414.
- 5000 Mathematics Courses
- At least 18 credits
- At least one two-semester sequence in topics such as Analysis, Algebra, or Differential Equations (see the Mathematics Graduate Policy Manual for a complete list)
- General 5000 Level Courses (could also be in Mathematics)
- At least 6 credits
- Suggestions are EDCI, PHIL, or PSYC courses, depending on your research interest in mathematics education.
- Examination: either
- complete and defend a Master's Thesis in Mathematics or Mathematics Education
- successfully complete two Preliminary Examinations in Mathematics
- complete a Masters Project (see the Mathematics Graduate Policy Manual for more details)
Career and Professional Development
Mathematics program is designed to prepare leaders in mathematics education research.
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.
- Jay Wilkins
- Megan Wawro
- Catherine (Katy) Ulrich
- Anderson Norton
- Bettibel Carson Kreye
- Estrella Johnson
- Susan Hagen
- Nate Gildersleeve
- Mathematics Education
- Quantitative Literacy
- Mathematics Beliefs and Attitudes
- Children’s development of fractions concepts
- Teaching and learning of probability and statistics
Associate Professor, Mathematics
- 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
- Building models of how middle school students construct their integer (signed number) concepts
- Incorporating results from learning research into mathematics education policy and instruction
- Students' mathematical development using teaching experiments, along with quantitative methods
- Students' mathematical conjectures formed in the context of learning fractions, algebra, and geometry
- Education and training of mathematics specialists
- Professional development for in-service K-12 teachers
- Instructional strategies for teacher education
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
- 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 Education, 49(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 Option (M.S.) should contact the program leader, Dr. Andy Norton, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our office at 434 McBryde Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061
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*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: January 15.
434 McBryde Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061