This program is offered to State of Virginia Licensure applicants only. Other applicants including international students should apply for Mathematics Education (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction).

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.

30-42 credit hours
VDOE approved program
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?

The Department of Teaching and Learning at Virginia Tech offers a Secondary Mathematics Education teacher licensure program in which students earn a Master of Arts in Education. This program is nationally accredited and prepares students for licensure in the State of Virginia.

Faculty Research Interests

Understanding and measuring quantitative literacy,

Children's development of fraction concepts,

Mathematical beliefs and attitudes

Teaching and learning of probability and statistics


Dr. Megan Wawro

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.


Dr. Anderson Norton

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

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


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.


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.

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 ESL and Multicultural Education Licensure Program 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

State of Virginia Licensure Applicants

Spring:  October 15

Summer: February 15

Fall:  February 15

Other Applicants

This program is offered to State of Virginia Licensure applicants only. Other applicants including international students should apply for Mathematics Education (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction).


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