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Doctor of Philosophy in Education – Mathematics and Science Education

Faculty working with Students: 10
Students: 20
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 25%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall December 1 Priority deadline
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • GRE

Degree Description:

The PhD. in Mathematics and Science Education is designed to develop scholars capable of making important contributions to the research base, professional context, and learning environments related to mathematics and/or science education. Areas of emphases can include student learning, teacher education, professional development, curriculum, and technology throughout the PK-16 grade spectrum.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants hold an advanced degree in education, mathematics, science, technology, or other related fields. In addition, they must have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and submit an online application to the Graduate School including a letter of intent, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and GRE scores that are less than seven years old. In addition to familiarity with public school contexts and a rudimentary awareness of educational research, particularly in the context of mathematics or science education, incoming students are expected to have a strong foundation in mathematics or science.

Career Opportunities:

University faculty; Mathematics and/or science instruction (K-12 or post-secondary instruction; supervision and professional development);  Other occupations in STEM education outside of K- 12 and university settings, such as coordinator, consultant, and liaison.

Faculty Members:

Cavagnetto, Andy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Dr. Cavagnetto’s research focuses on helping teachers provide greater opportunities for their students to engage in scientific practices in order to motivate learning of fundamental science concepts. This work has not only emphasized the use of inquiry approaches, but as importantly, the social aspects of science -specifically opportunities for students to engage in the construction and critique of evidence-based arguments.

Chakraverty, Devasmita, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Examins scientific workforce development and higher education programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), with an emphasis on the experiences of the underrepresented groups based on gender and race/ethnicity. Recent work has specifically focused on individuals in medicine and biomedical science research programs.

Firestone, Jonah, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Social Norms of Education on Beginning Science Teachers’ Understanding

Frost, Janet Hart, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Qualitative research on mathematics instructional practices and professional development, influences on mathematics teachers practices and teacher change, conditions for and outcomes of innovative approaches in STEM education.

Homlund, Tamara, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

My research agenda reflects multiple questions related to the current call for STEM education and the inclusion of students typically underrepresented in STEM courses and careers. Some of the areas I explore are: 1) how various stakeholders conceptualize “STEM education”; 2) how teachers learn about, develop curriculum, and implement STEM education in both traditional and specialized STEM schools; 3) how students are engaged and supported in science and mathematics practices through project-based STEM learning opportunities; and, 4) the role of leadership in affording and constraining STEM education implementation.

Kelton, Molly, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Lesseig, Kristin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Mathematical knowledge for teaching and professional development related to promoting mathematical reasoning (i.e. conjecturing, generalizing and justifying) in middle and secondary mathematics classrooms.

McDuffie, Amy Roth, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Amy Roth McDuffie conducts research on the professional development of prospective and practicing teachers in mathematics education. Specifically, she focuses on supporting teachers learning in and from practice in the areas of teachers’ use of curriculum resources and culturally relevant pedagogies as part of developing equitable instructional practices.

Morrison, Judith Anne, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Judith Morrison is interested in finding out students’ understanding of science concepts in the classroom, in using science notebooks as a formative assessment tool, and in using scientists in the professional development of science teachers.

Slavit, David, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Teacher development, particularly in collaborative professional contexts, teacher understanding and instruction STEM schools, the ways in which K-12 students develop understandings of algebraic ideas, particularly mathematical functions, and educational technology.

Contact Information:

WSU Pullman College of Education
Cleveland Hall 70
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA 99164-2114
(509)-335-9195 or (509)-335-7016
Fax: (509)-335-9172