Mathematics Education2018-10-27T03:57:49+00:00

Mathematics Education Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship

The Doctoral Program for the Mathematics Education and Leadership Concentration is a top program in the Mountain West.

Our program is designed to prepare mathematics leaders for the following positions in mathematics education:

  • Academic positions as faculty at universities
  • Leadership positions in state-level agencies or professional associations
  • School mathematics leadership positions
  • Educational consulting
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Student completion rates in the Mathematics Education PhD concentration are above 90%
Placement rates for the Mathematics Education PhD concentration as university faculty are above 80%

Coursework Designed for Impact

Mathematics Education coursework is designed to:

  • Provide students with a strong foundation in mathematics education research
  • Prepare students to write practitioner and empirical publications
  • Give students opportunities to teach face-to-face and online university courses
  • Coach students on how to deliver a successful presentation
  • Teach students how to apply and interview successfully for a university faculty position

The Mathematics Education and Leadership Emphasis includes 21 credits of integrated coursework. The program is designed for working professionals, with courses offered in the evenings and summers. Courses are offered on a regular schedule so that students can complete the mathematics education concentration in the doctoral program as part of their course of doctoral studies.


Cutting Edge Research

The selected PDRF will have opportunities to conduct research with mathematics education faculty members and teach face-to-face and online university courses in Elementary Mathematics. The PDRF will participate in ongoing research projects being conducted by the Virtual Manipulatives Research Group (VMRG), a 15-member interdisciplinary research team that conducts clinical and school-based research projects using virtual manipulatives.

Please contact Patricia Moyer-Packenham at for more information.

  • Strong interest in mathematics
  • Teaching experience
  • Evidence of ability to conduct mathematics education research
  • Completed Bachelor’s and Master’s in education, mathematics, mathematics education, or related fields
  • Interest in research on uses of technology for mathematics is preferred
  • Highly competitive score on the GRE
  • At least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Apply to the Ph.D. program by January 15 the year you plan to enter

Early Childhood Education and Research Center

The ECERC building houses clinical interview rooms equipped with two-way mirrors, audio observer booths, and built-in wall-mounted video cameras for collecting research data.

The TIME Clinic: Tutoring Intervention & Mathematics Enrichment

The TIME Clinic is a research clinic housed in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership. The clinic provides mathematics tutoring services that specialize in elementary mathematics instructional support for children. Tutors in the clinic use research-based strategies and individualized tutoring to help elementary-aged children strengthen their understanding of mathematics. Researchers in the clinic study instructional methods, materials, and technology to determine effective methods that improve students’ mathematics achievement.

PDRF Mentor – Dr. Patricia Moyer-Packenham

Dr. Patricia Moyer-Packenham’s research focuses on uses of mathematics representations and manipulatives (including virtual, physical, pictorial, and symbolic) and teacher development in mathematics. She has over 80 publications, including two books titled Teaching K-8 Mathematics with Virtual Manipulatives and What Principals Need to Know about Teaching Mathematics.  Her numerous journal articles focus on teachers and students uses of manipulatives and virtual manipulatives.

Moyer-Packenham has been the Principal Investigator of over $16 million dollars in total career grant funding, including serving as a Co-PI on the NSF-Funded Math and Science Partnership Program Evaluation (MSP-PE) with PI Robert Yin of COSMOS Corp. Moyer-Packenham’s leadership and research inquiries on this project focused on examining teacher quality, quantity and diversity in mathematics and science programs. In addition to her research activity on the MSP-PE project, she has been the Principal Investigator for numerous mathematics teacher professional development grants and served as a consultant for Horizon Research, Inc., on national research studies includingInside the Classroom Project (funded by NSF), TE-MAT Teacher Materials Database Project (funded by NSF), and the Mozaic Project (funded by the Rand Corporation).

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The Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship is the highest honor received by PhD candidates at Utah State University. The Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship includes the following:

  • Four-year fellowship
  • $20,000 stipend (each year for four years)
  • Full-tuition award (each year for four years)
  • Health insurance
  • Spot in a grant-writing workshop
  • Enrollment in Research Certification
  • Spot in the Student Research Symposium
  • One-on-one support from the Vice President
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