The Ph.D. program in Mathematics Education requires 60 units of coursework beyond a Masters degree, including four foundational courses in mathematics education, as well as coursework in mathematics, learning theory and research methodologies. Electives allow for coursework in educational leadership, urban education, evaluation design, college teaching, or other areas relevant to the student's goals. Students must also pass comprehensive exams as well as complete a doctoral dissertation.
Since 2007, through support provided by the Center for Mathematics Education together with the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL), mathematics education doctoral candidates are eligible for Fey-Graeber fellowships. Fey-Graeber fellows are supported through a combination of assistantships and additional fellowship moneys for 5 years of full-time doctoral study. Fey-Graeber fellows also receive some travel support and some support for dissertation expenses, as well as health insurance benefits, access to the University Health Center, and tuition remission for courses in the doctoral program. For two out of the five years, Fey-Graeber fellows will receive support from CfME so that they only need to work 10 hours a week, rather than 20 hour a week in their assistantships. This level of financial support is designed to support the Fey-Graeber fellows toward making rapid progress to completion of the Ph.D. in mathematics education. While receiving financial support, fellows must be registered as full-time graduate students as defined by the University of Maryland.