Campus: Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

We focus on original research, preparing students for research and teaching in a context that is rigorous, collegial, and cooperative.

90+ credit hours
funding through assistantships
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?

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 (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction) should contact the program leader, Dr. Jay Wilkins, by email at

Visit our office at 300C War Memorial Hall (0313), 370 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

*Fall:  August 1

International Application

*Fall: April 1

*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: February 1.



Jay Wilkins
Program Leader
300C War Memorial Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8326

School of Education

226 War Memorial Hall (0313)

370 Drillfield Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061