Interdisciplinary degree through the Department of Mathematics

Campus: 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.

90 Credit Hours
interdisciplinary degree
100% faculty commitment
intensive research opportunities
Our Mathematics Education program

The Mathematics Doctoral Program:  Education Option is a multidisciplinary doctoral degree through the Department of Mathematics.  The Education Option differs from a traditional Mathematics Ph.D. with its focus on mathematics education research.  It differs from the School of Education's Mathematics Education Program with its advanced mathematics fluency requirements.

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.

Faculty Research Interests

Professor, School of Education

Understanding and measuring quantitative literacy,

Children's development of fraction concepts,

Mathematical beliefs and attitudes

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.


Assistant Professor, School of Education

Building models of how middle school students construct their integer (signed number) concepts.

Incorporating results from learning research into mathematics education policy and instruction.


Professor, Mathematics

Students' mathematical development using teaching experiments, along with quantitative methods.

Students' mathematical conjectures formed in the context of learning fractions, algebra, and geometry.


Clinical Associate Professor, School of Education

The education and training of Mathematics Specialists.

Providing professional development for inservice elementary, middle, and high school mathematics teachers.

The improvement of student learning through teacher education in best instructional strategies.


Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Investigating classroom instructional practices

Developing and researching the impacts of instructional support

Identifying factors and influences that shape pedagogical practice.

Instructor, Mathematics

Instructor, Mathematics

Mathematics Education Research Highlights

Wilkins, J. L. M. (in press). An assessment of the quantitative literacy of undergraduate students. Journal of Experimental Education.

Wilkins, J. L. M. (2015). Standards-based mathematics curricula and the promotion of quantitative literacy in elementary school. International Journal of STEM Education, 2:19.

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.

Wilkins, J. L. M., Norton, A. & Boyce, S. J.  (2013). Validating a written instrument for assessing students' fractions schemes and operations. The Mathematics Educator, 22(2), 31-54.

Norton, A., & Wilkins, J. L. M. (2013). Supporting students' constructions of the splitting operation. Cognition and Instruction, 31(1), 2-28.

Related Programs

Students interested in applying to the Mathematics, Education Option (Ph.D.) should contact the program leader, Dr. Andy Norton, by email at

Visit our office at 434 McBryde Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

Spring: January 1

Summer: May 1

*Fall:  August 1

International Application

Spring: September 1

Summer: January 1

*Fall: April 1

*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: January 15.



Andy Norton
Program Leader
434 McBryde Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-6942

School of Education

226 War Memorial Hall (0313)

370 Drillfield Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061