This program is designed to support educators who are interested in developing greater understanding and expertise in the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. The program helps teachers develop their own content knowledge in mathematics and science, as well as greater understanding of how curriculum and instructional strategies can be tailored to foster students’ understanding of mathematics and science.

This is an ideal degree for those interested in the processes of instruction and learning within mathematics and science, and/or in the education and professional development of teachers. This degree will prepare you for careers in research and teaching in university settings, educational leadership and services to schools, or research and development in the private or non-profit sector.

Financial Support

All of our doctoral students are awarded generous funding packages. Stipends and grants cover tuition costs and provide experiential graduate assistantships that further prepare you for your future as a researcher, educator, and leader in the field.  Fellowship and assistantship packages are awarded on a competitive basis and vary for each student, but all funding packages cover five years of full-time study. Contact an advisor to learn more

Admissions Requirements

Admission to all our graduate programs is competitive and based on multiple criteria, including undergraduate academic record, scores on exams, letters of recommendation, personal statement, evidence of special accomplishments, and relevant past experience. Criteria are considered in the aggregate. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.


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For more information about courses and program requirements, visit the CU Boulder Course Catalog