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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Curriculum and Instruction (CUR)
with a Concentration in Mathematics Education (DMA)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 13.0301
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 98
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 65

Contact Information:
College of Education
Teaching and Learning Department (CNI)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Ruthmae Sears
Phone: 813-974-2172


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List

Program Information

Each program is highly individualized. Candidates programs are planned with the approval of a faculty committee based upon previous experience and future goals.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Refer to each area of concentration for program admission requirements or contact the program for assistance.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

The Curriculum and Instruction degree is offered with a concentration area in Mathematics Education. Each program is highly individualized. Candidates' programs are planned with the approval of a faculty committee based upon previous experience and future goals.

Concentration Admission Information
The admissions committee will consider each candidate in light of his or her unique submission and qualifications. The expectations used by the faculty are:
  • An earned master's degree from regionally accredited institutions or an international equivalent
  • Undergraduate or master's degree should be in an appropriate education or mathematics related field
  • Official GRE scores within the last 5 years with Preferred scores of 600 on the quantitative portion and at least 475 on the verbal portion are expected
  • "B" (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) average or higher in all work attempted while registered as an upper division student in the Baccalaureate degree or minimum of 3.0 grade point at the master's level
  • Successful teaching experience in a K-12 or college level setting preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal professional growth and development
  • Strong academic, analytic and communications skills
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
Total Program requirements with this concentration:
65 hours minimum

College Core
     EEX 7743 - Philosophy of Scholarly Inquiry(3)
Secondary Education Core9 hours minimum
ESE 7415 Teaching and Learning in Content Areas (required)3
ESE 7937 Adv Seminar in Sec Ed (required)3
ESE 7944 Collegiate Teaching in Secondary Education (Required)3
Statistics/Measurement/Research Design16 hours minimum
EDF 7408 Statistical Analysis II
Note; EDF 6407 is a pre-req to enroll in this course
EDF 7410 Design of Systematic Studies in Ed4
EDF 7477 Qual Res in Ed I4
Additional research methodology course to be determined by the program faculty based on the orientation of the student's research agenda and prior preparation
Concentration Requirements 24 hours minimum
MAE 7655 Research Issues in Technology 3
MAE 7xxx Curr History and Policy3*
MAE 7xxx Curr Design and Research3*
MAE 7794 Preparing K-12 Math teachers3
MAE 7796 Research Issues3
MAE 7138 Assessment Issues3
MAE 7xxx Learning Theories in Math Ed3
MAE 7945 PracticumOR 3
MAE 7910 Directed Research3

Cognate or Electives9 hours minimum
MAE students are required to complete a cognate or a set of electives. Courses consistent with the student's program of study selected with the approval of a program committee. Courses in the Electives or Cognate must be taken at the graduate level.

Doctoral Qualifying Examination
Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination before admission to candidacy. The Qualifying Exam is composed of three distinct sections that represent expected areas of student competency (Synthesis of Math Education Research, Utilization of Professional Expertise, and Evaluation and Design of Research Studies). A student's cognate area is viewed as connected to his or her math experiences, rather than a separate and unrelated area. As such, the cognate will be embedded into the QE as appropriate.

Dissertation:4 hours

Students must be registered for nine (9) hours of coursework, two semesters in a twelve month period. The expectation is that students will work no more than half time employment during the residency period.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EDG7931, EDG7667, EDG7692, EDH7225, EDF6407, EDF7408, EDF7410, EDF7477, EEX7743, EDF7145, MAE7655, MAE7146, MAE7794, MAE7796, MAE7138, MAE7945, EDG7980,