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Mathematics and Science Education, Ph.D.
The Mathematics and Science Education (MSE) Ph.D. program is designed to prepare graduates for positions in colleges and universities where they will conduct disciplinebased education research and prepare America's next generation of K12 mathematics and science teachers, as well as for leadership positions in a variety of educational settings. Concentrations for this interdisciplinary degree are offered in Biological Education, Chemical Education, Interdisciplinary Science Education, and Mathematics Education. The MSE community engages with cuttingedge work in science and mathematics education through coursework as well as at our regular MSE Seminar Series. In addition, students work closely in collaboration faculty members to conduct research, often through externally funded assistantships. Graduates are required to develop substantial content mastery of mathematics and/or science; demonstrate an understanding of educational theories, research methodologies, and best practices; and conduct disciplinebased education research at the interface between the fields of education and mathematics or science. This program offers opportunities to improve the way K16 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses are taught.
Ph.D. student creates active learning for statistics
Natasha Gerstenschlager (Ph.D., August 2015) helped develop active learning modules to be used in introductory statistics courses at MTSU through the MTStatPal project, funded by a National Science Foundation grant. Dr. Ginger Rowell served as faculty chair. Ten allinclusive modules were created and tested for inexperienced teachers to teach activitybased lessons in their statistics classrooms. Gerstenschlager (B.S., M.S., Mathematics) also assisted with Dr. Angela Barlow’s Project IMPACT grant. She helped facilitate a twoweek development professional workshop for 7th and 8thgrade teachers in Barlow’s summer program, which supports K8 math teachers transitioning to meet the expectations of the Tennessee State Standards. Gerstenschlager also joined Dr. Rongjin Huang's lesson study project, assisting with collecting and analyzing his data. “The program, the director, and faculty have all presented me with many opportunities to write manuscripts; present at regional, national, and international conferences; engage in scholarly research; and all while improving my knowledge of mathematics education,” she says.
Fellowship helps Lampley’s dissertation work for biology GTAs
Sandy Lampley, a middle and high school science teacher for 11 years, received one of the provost’s annual dissertation writing fellowships before earning her Ph.D. in August 2015. Her dissertation examined the potential that lesson study, a form of professional development successful in Japan’s K12 education, holds for advancing graduate teaching assistants’ pedagogical content knowledge while teaching an introductory biology course. “GTAs at many universities are not offered any training in educational theories or strategies,” Lampley says. “For the biological sciences, this is concerning since such a high volume of laboratory classes are taught by GTAs.” Lampley, passionate about biology education, chose the doctoral program to increase her content knowledge and study new research about how students learn. “Although my students were making the necessary gains according to the required yearly standardized tests, I felt like there was more I could be doing to make their learning experiences more valuable, engaging, and relevant to their lives,” she says. Other dissertation writing fellowships for 201415 went to Jeff Bonner (active learning strategies in microbiology) and Teresa Schmidt (development of sixthgraders’ spatial visualization skills).
This program aims to produce collegelevel professors and researchers in mathematics and science education. It also helps prepare leaders in K12 mathematics and science education whose jobs require them to perform, evaluate, and integrate the results of research in mathematics and science education into classrooms.
Employers of MTSU alumni include
Our graduates have been employed by the following institutions:
 Aspen Academy, Denver, CO
 Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN
 California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
 Central Magnet School, Murfreesboro, TN
 Coffee County School District, Manchester, TN
 James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
 Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
 Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
 Motlow Community College, Smyrna, TN
 Smyrna High School, Smyrna, TN
 Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
 University of Alabama at Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
 University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
 University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
 Webb School, Bell Buckle, TN
 Welch College, Gallatin, TN
 Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
 Wright State University, Dayton, OH
MTSU’s College of Basic and Applied Sciences offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mathematics and Science Education, an interdisciplinary program with concentrations in
 Biological Education
 Chemical Education
 Interdisciplinary Science Education
 Mathematics Education
All students in the Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. program will be expected to meet the expectations of the residency requirement during their first year enrolled in the program at MTSU.
For unconditional admission, applicants must
 Have a grade point average (GPA) in their previous academic degrees that indicates potential for success in doctorallevel study, typically 3.25 GPA at the graduate level or a minimum 3.0 GPA when entering with a bachelor's degree.
 Submit scores for the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing measures of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) which indicate potential for success in the MSE program. (Although specific minimum scores are not set, evaluation of scores is an important factor in admission decisions.)
 Possess a mathematics or science undergraduate degree upon admission, or will be required to earn a content master's (in mathematics or science) as a part of their program of study.
 Meet the College of Graduate Studies requirement for proof of English language proficiency, if applicant is an international student.
Applicants holding only a baccalaureate degree will be expected to have earned an undergraduate degree in an area of mathematics or science and will be expected to earn a master's degree in Science, Mathematics, or Education as they complete the requirements of the Ph.D.
Applicants entering with a master's degree must have earned at least 24 semester hours of graduate mathematics, science, and/or education credit, corresponding to the concentration area that they select.
Admissions will be based on a comprehensive assessment of an applicant's qualifications including Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores, undergraduate and graduate grade point average, and letters of recommendation.
Applicants who do not meet these minimums but whose application materials indicate high potential for success may be admitted conditionally.
Doctoral candidates are required to
 make at least two research presentations at regional, national, or international meetings as the lead or coauthor;
 be lead author or make significant contribution as coauthor of two articles published, in press, or under review in high quality, peerreviewed journals;
 make a significant contribution to the development of at least one external grant proposal, in collaboration with an MTSU faculty member serving as principal investigator;
 complete the MSE 7800 Teaching Internship in a K12 setting if they lack K12 teaching experience;
 complete a dissertation and successfully defend it in the final oral examination.
The application deadline is Feb. 15 for those wishing to be considered for graduate assistantships for the following fall. Late applications may be considered but financial support is not guaranteed.
For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.
Biological Education
Mathematics and Science Education, Biological Education Concentration, Ph.D.
Jeremy Strayer, Interim Program Director
(615) 8985353
Jeremy.Strayer@mtsu.edu
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mathematics and Science Education is an interdisciplinary program requiring students to (1) develop substantial content mastery of mathematics and/or science; (2) demonstrate an understanding of educational theories, research methodologies, and best practices; and (3) conduct disciplinebased educational research at the interface between the fields of mathematics or science and education. This program aims to produce collegelevel professors and researchers to perform, evaluate, and integrate the results of research in mathematics and science education. It also seeks approaches to improve the way K16 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses are taught.
The goals of this program are to prepare students to
 understand the field of mathematics and science education in terms of theory and practice, research, curriculum design, and student learning;
 conduct original research that generates new knowledge about the teaching and learning of mathematics and science; and
 assume leadership roles in mathematics and science education, including teacher education, disciplinebased educational research, and curriculum and instruction.
All students in the Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. program will be expected to complete the residency requirement during the first year of enrollment in the program. Please see Residency Requirement (below) for more information.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Admission Requirements
Admission to the Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education with a concentration in Biological Education is based on a comprehensive assessment of a candidate’s qualifications including Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, undergraduate and graduate grade point average, and letters of recommendation.
Admission requires
 an earned bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited university or college. Applicants holding only a bachelor’s degree will be expected to have earned that degree in an area of mathematics or science and will be expected to earn a master’s degree in science, mathematics, or education as they complete the requirements of the Ph.D. All applicants to this program will either possess a mathematics or science degree upon admission or will be required to earn a content master’s as a part of their program of study.
 an acceptable grade point average (GPA). Successful applicants typically have a minimum 3.25 GPA in their most recent graduate work or a minimum 3.00 GPA when entering with a bachelor’s degree. Applicants holding a master’s degree should have earned at least 24 semester hours of graduate mathematics, science, and/or education credit.
Application Procedures
Applicants must submit all application materials to the College of Graduate Studies.
Application deadline: February 15 for those wishing to be considered for graduate assistantships for the following Fall. Late applications may be considered, but financial support in the form of an assistantship is not guaranteed.
Applicant must
 submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
 submit official transcripts showing a grade point average (GPA) in previous academic work that indicates potential for success in advanced study;
 submit official scores for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing measures of the GRE that indicate potential for success in the Mathematics and Science Education program. Although specific minimum scores are not set, evaluation of scores is an important factor in admission decisions.
 provide letters of recommendation from at least three professors or professionals that address the applicant's potential to successfully complete a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education.
NOTE: International students must also meet the College of Graduate Studies requirement for proof of English language proficiency. This may be accomplished by submission of TOEFL, UMELI test, or IELTS scores that meet the college's requirements or by successful completion of level 112 of ELS coursework.
Applicants who do not meet these minimums but whose application materials indicate high potential for success may be admitted conditionally. Such students must meet the conditions of their admission in the time stated to remain in the program of study.
Degree Requirements
Once admitted to the program, each candidate must
 complete at least 75 postbaccalaureate semester hours as described in the Curriculum section below. (Students entering with a master's degree in mathematics, education, or a science discipline may have up to 15 graduate hours of previous coursework applied after determination that the content of the courses is directly equivalent to existing courses in the Mathematics and Science Education curriculum.)
 make at least two research presentations at regional, national, or international meetings as the lead or coauthor;
 be lead author or make significant contribution as coauthor of two articles published, in press, or under review in high quality, peerreviewed journals;
 in collaboration with an MTSU faculty member serving as principal investigator, make a significant contribution to the development of at least one external grant proposal;
 complete the MSE 7800  Teaching Internship. Those who lack teaching experience in the K12 setting are required to complete MSE 7800 in a K12 teaching experience;
 complete a dissertation and successfully defend it in the final oral examination.
Residency Requirement
During the residency year, students are expected to complete at least 18 hours of coursework that apply directly to the degree. Of these 18 hours, 14 hours of coursework are prescribed.
Fall Semester(5 hours)
 MSE 7001 Residency Seminar I 1 credit hour
 MSE 7820 Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education 1 credit hours
 PSY 7190 Advanced Cognitive Psychology 3 credit hours
Spring Semester(6 hours)
 MSE 7002 Residency Seminar II 1 credit hour
 SPSE 7010 Educational Research Methodology 3 credit hours
 MSE 7845 Nature of Mathematics and Science 2 credit hours OR
 MSE 7848 Knowledge for Teaching in Mathematics and Science 2 credit hours
Summer (3 hours)
 SPSE 7220 Advanced Educational Technology 3 credit hours OR
 SPSE 7170 Learning Theories and the Educational Process 3 credit hours
In addition, during the residency year, students are expected to complete each of the following:
 Attend at least one conference: The conference should be directly related to the student's concentration (i.e,. biology education, chemistry education, science education, mathematics education) and should be at the regional, national, or international level. The advisor must approve the selected conference.
 Make significant progress* toward the submission of a manuscript on which the student is a coauthor. The manuscript will be prepared under the guidance of or in conjunction with MSE faculty. Residency seminars will support this process.
 Attend at least five (5) program activities not associated with course credit: The MSE program has numerous activities that occur during the academic year (i.e., fall and spring semesters). These include seminars, book club meetings, reading/writing groups, journal clubs, etc. Some of these are intended for all MSE students while others are specific to concentrations.
*NOTE: Significant progress toward the submission of a manuscript is defined as legitimate peripheral participation of the student within one or more of the following components of a manuscript:
 Research rationale/study introduction
 Literature review
 Research design and methodology
 Data analysis data presentation
 Writing
Curriculum: Mathematics and Science Education, Biological Education
All Ph.D. candidates must complete 75 hours in the following course of study:
Core Courses (33 hours)
 MSE 7800  Teaching Internship 3 credit hours
MSE 7800  Teaching Internship
3credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Admission based on recommendations and performance in teaching. Offered every term.
 MSE 7820  Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education 1 credit hours *
MSE 7820  Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education
1credit hours
Prerequisite: Must be currently enrolled in the Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. program. Required of graduate students specializing in mathematics and science education. Involves presentations on current issues, related research, and policy developments in mathematics and science education. May be repeated.
 MSE 7845  Nature of Mathematics and Science 2 credit hours
MSE 7845  Nature of Mathematics and Science
2credit hours
Focuses on the Nature of Mathematics (NOM) and the Nature of Science (NOS). Attention given to how the fields of mathematics, biology, and chemistry practiced as well as scientific inquiry, mathematical, practices, conceptions of NOS and NOM, and pedagogical considerations.
 MSE 7848  Knowledge for Teaching in Mathematics and Science 2 credit hours
MSE 7848  Knowledge for Teaching in Mathematics and Science
2credit hours
Focuses on the knowledge required to be an effective teacher. Attention given to teacher knowledge constructs and the recognition of one's self as a mentor and teacher educator in formal and informal contexts.
 MSE 7900  Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science 3 credit hours
MSE 7900  Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science
3credit hours
Focus on theoretical and practical issues regarding how students learn mathematics and science, best practices for teaching mathematics and science topics, and issues from current literature on the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.
 PSY 7190  Advanced Cognitive Psychology 3 credit hours
PSY 7190  Advanced Cognitive Psychology
3credit hours
Topicoriented overview of cognitive psychology. Models of attention, perception, memory, language, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making. Issues in cognitive development and cognitive neuropsychology.
 PSY 7280  Psychological Statistics: Regression 3 credit hours AND
PSY 7280  Psychological Statistics: Regression
3credit hours
Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or equivalent or admission to Psychology graduate program. Corequisite: PSY 7281. Survey of theoretical and practical aspects of multiple regression as typically used by psychologists. Simple and multiple regression through model comparison approach in the general linear model paradigm. Laboratory included.
 PSY 7281  Psychological Statistics: Regression Lab 0 credit hours
PSY 7281  Psychological Statistics: Regression Lab
0credit hours
Corequisite: PSY 7280.
 PSY 7290  Psychological Statistics: ANOVA 3 credit hours AND
PSY 7290  Psychological Statistics: ANOVA
3credit hours
Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or equivalent or admission to Psychology graduate program. Corequisite: PSY 7291. Review of basic statistics. Scientific quantification, research design, and statistical analysis from the perspective of analysis of variance: oneway, factorial, repeated measures, and mixed designs. Laboratory included.
 PSY 7291  Psychological Statistics: ANOVA Lab 0 credit hours
PSY 7291  Psychological Statistics: ANOVA Lab
0credit hours
Corequisite: PSY 7290.
 SPSE 7010  Educational Research Methodology 3 credit hours
SPSE 7010  Educational Research Methodology
3credit hours
Designing research studies, including development of understandings, as well as skills and techniques needed in gathering, structuring, interpreting and presenting data required for educational research. SPSE 7010 is a prerequisite for enrollment in FOED 7610, which is recommended to be taken the following semester.
 SPSE 7170  Learning Theories and the Educational Process 3 credit hours
SPSE 7170  Learning Theories and the Educational Process
3credit hours
Examines the historical and current learning theoretical principles, concepts, and research findings as related to education in a variety of settings. Focuses on cognitive, behavioral, constructivist, and humanistic learning theorists, theories and applications.
 SPSE 7180  Qualitative Evaluation and Research Methods 3 credit hours
SPSE 7180  Qualitative Evaluation and Research Methods
3credit hours
Theoretical factors, methodological approaches, and frameworks related to evaluating and conducting qualitative research. Students required to identify specific problems and apply qualitative concepts and procedures related to classroom practice.
 SPSE 7220  Advanced Educational Technology 3 credit hours
SPSE 7220  Advanced Educational Technology
3credit hours
Advanced teaching strategies using technology with online instruction, distance learning tools, computer simulations, applets, webpage construction, presentation software, streamingvideos and multimedia applications. Explores how technology tools support teaching and research in both K12 and college level learning environments.
*Students are required to take this course at least twice before candidacy.
Concentration Core (18 hours)
 BIOL 6200  Speciation 3 credit hours
BIOL 6200  Speciation
3credit hours
Prerequisite: BIOL 3250/3251. Mutation, natural selection, adaptation, isolating mechanisms, genetic drift, hybridization, ploidy in the process of species formation, and a history of the development and ideas of evolution. Two lectures.
 BIOL 6460  Conservation Biology 4 credit hours
BIOL 6460  Conservation Biology
4credit hours
Prerequisite: BIOL 3400/3401. Measuring biodiversity: species, ecosystem, and genetic diversity. Topics include conservation ethics, extinctions, habitat degradation, exotic species, and management of populations and ecosystems. Six hours lecture/laboratory.
 BIOL 7900  Teaching and Learning Biology 3 credit hours
BIOL 7900  Teaching and Learning Biology
3credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Overview of biology education with an emphasis on how students learn biology and current best practices for teaching biological concepts. Primary literature of the field featured as course emerges through lectures, discussion, small group activities, and group/individual presentations. Capstone experience will be student's development of an instructional unit of study including the formal teaching of selected biological concepts. Three hours lecture/discussion.
 Biology 4 credit hours
 BIOL 6450  Advancements in Molecular Genetics 4 credit hours OR
BIOL 6450  Advancements in Molecular Genetics
4credit hours
Prerequisites: BIOL 2230/2231 and 3250/3251; CHEM 1110/1111 and 1120/1121. Recent advancements in microbial genetics and gene manipulation with emphasis on applications of molecular genetics, including gene regulation and recombinant DNA technology. Six hours lecture/laboratory.
 BIOL 6760  Bioinformatics 4 credit hours
BIOL 6760  Bioinformatics
4credit hours
Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/1111 and 1120/1121 and CSCI 1170 or consent of instructor. Explores the emerging field of bioinformatics which involves the application of computer science to biological questions. Bioinformatics applies to the computational aspects of data gathering, processing, storage, analysis, and visualization methods used in revising and testing biological hypotheses. Student should have a strong background in either computer science or biology, be willing to learn about the other field in an accelerated fashion, and be willing to work cooperatively as part of an interdisciplinary team. Four hours of lecture/problem solving per week.
Electives (1112 hours)
In consultation with his or her major advisor and dissertation committee, each student will choose 1112 credit hours from courses in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and the College of Education at the 6000 or 7000 level.
Students in the Biological Education concentration should select their electives to ensure that they have completed at least 21 hours of coursework with a BIOL rubric.
Dissertation (12 hours)
 MSE 7640  Dissertation Research in Mathematics and Science Education 1 to 6 credit hours
MSE 7640  Dissertation Research in Mathematics and Science Education
1 to 6credit hours
Selection of a research problem, review of pertinent literature, collection and analysis of data, and composition of the dissertation. Once enrolled, students must register for at least one credit hour of dissertation research each semester until completion. S/U grading.
Program Notes
Candidate must
 file a degree plan with the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
 file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.
Chemical Education
Mathematics and Science Education, Chemical Education Concentration, Ph.D.
Jeremy Strayer, Interim Program Director
(615) 8985353
Jeremy.Strayer@mtsu.edu
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mathematics and Science Education is an interdisciplinary program requiring students to (1) develop substantial content mastery of mathematics and/or science; (2) demonstrate an understanding of educational theories, research methodologies, and best practices; and (3) conduct disciplinebased educational research at the interface between the fields of mathematics or science and education. This program aims to produce collegelevel professors and researchers to perform, evaluate, and integrate the results of research in mathematics and science education. It also seeks approaches to improve the way K16 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses are taught.
The goals of this program are to prepare students to
 understand the field of mathematics and science education in terms of theory and practice, research, curriculum design, and student learning;
 conduct original research that generates new knowledge about the teaching and learning of mathematics and science; and
 assume leadership roles in mathematics and science education, including teacher education, disciplinebased educational research, and curriculum and instruction.
All students in the Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. program will be expected to complete the residency requirement during the first year of enrollment in the program. Please see Residency Requirement (below) for more information.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Admission Requirements
Admission to the Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education with a concentration in Chemical Education is based on a comprehensive assessment of a candidate’s qualifications including Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, undergraduate and graduate grade point average, and letters of recommendation.
Admission requires
 an earned bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited university or college. Applicants holding only a bachelor’s degree will be expected to have earned that degree in an area of mathematics or science and will be expected to earn a master’s degree in science, mathematics, or education as they complete the requirements of the Ph.D. All applicants to this program will either possess a mathematics or science degree upon admission or will be required to earn a content master’s as a part of their program of study.
 an acceptable grade point average (GPA). Successful applicants typically have a minimum 3.25 GPA in their most recent graduate work or a minimum 3.00 GPA when entering with a bachelor’s degree. Applicants holding a master’s degree should have earned at least 24 semester hours of graduate mathematics, science, and/or education credit.
Application Procedures
Applicants must submit all application materials to the College of Graduate Studies.
Application deadline: February 15 for those wishing to be considered for graduate assistantships for the following Fall. Late applications may be considered, but financial support in the form of an assistantship is not guaranteed.
Applicant must
 submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
 submit official transcripts showing a grade point average (GPA) in previous academic work that indicates potential for success in advanced study;
 submit official scores for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing measures of the GRE that indicate potential for success in the Mathematics and Science Education program. Although specific minimum scores are not set, evaluation of scores is an important factor in admission decisions.
 provide letters of recommendation from at least three professors or professionals that address the applicant's potential to successfully complete a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education.
NOTE: International students must also meet the College of Graduate Studies requirement for proof of English language proficiency. This may be accomplished by submission of TOEFL, UMELI test, or IELTS scores that meet the college's requirements or by successful completion of level 112 of ELS coursework.
Applicants who do not meet these minimums but whose application materials indicate high potential for success may be admitted conditionally. Such students must meet the conditions of their admission in the time stated to remain in the program of study.
Degree Requirements
Once admitted to the program, each candidate must
 complete at least 75 postbaccalaureate semester hours as described in the Curriculum section below. (Students entering with a master's degree in mathematics, education, or a science discipline may have up to 15 graduate hours of previous coursework applied after determination that the content of the courses is directly equivalent to existing courses in the Mathematics and Science Education curriculum.)
 make at least two research presentations at regional, national, or international meetings as the lead or coauthor.
 be lead author or make significant contribution as coauthor of two articles published, in press, or under review in high quality, peerreviewed journals.
 in collaboration with an MTSU faculty member serving as principal investigator, make a significant contribution to the development of at least one external grant proposal.
 complete the MSE 7800  Teaching Internship. Those who lack teaching experience in the K12 setting are required to complete MSE 7800 in a K12 teaching experience.
 complete a dissertation and successfully defend it in the final oral examination.
Residency Requirement
During the residency year, students are expected to complete at least 18 hours of coursework that apply directly to the degree. Of these 18 hours, 14 hours of coursework are prescribed.
Fall Semester(5 hours)
 MSE 7001 Residency Seminar I 1 credit hour
 MSE 7820 Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education 1 credit hours
 PSY 7190 Advanced Cognitive Psychology 3 credit hours
Spring Semester(6 hours)
 MSE 7002 Residency Seminar II 1 credit hour
 SPSE 7010 Educational Research Methodology 3 credit hours
 MSE 7845 Nature of Mathematics and Science 2 credit hours OR
 MSE 7848 Knowledge for Teaching in Mathematics and Science 2 credit hours
Summer (3 hours)
 SPSE 7220 Advanced Educational Technology 3 credit hours OR
 SPSE 7170 Learning Theories and the Educational Process 3 credit hours
In addition, during the residency year, students are expected to complete each of the following:
 Attend at least one conference: The conference should be directly related to the student's concentration (i.e,. biology education, chemistry education, science education, mathematics education) and should be at the regional, national, or international level. The advisor must approve the selected conference.
 Make significant progress* toward the submission of a manuscript on which the student is a coauthor. The manuscript will be prepared under the guidance of or in conjunction with MSE faculty. Residency seminars will support this process.
 Attend at least five (5) program activities not associated with course credit: The MSE program has numerous activities that occur during the academic year (i.e., fall and spring semesters). These include seminars, book club meetings, reading/writing groups, journal clubs, etc. Some of these are intended for all MSE students while others are specific to concentrations.
*NOTE: Significant progress toward the submission of a manuscript is defined as legitimate peripheral participation of the student within one or more of the following components of a manuscript:
 Research rationale/study introduction
 Literature review
 Research design and methodology
 Data analysis data presentation
 Writing
Curriculum: Mathematics and Science Education, Chemical Education
All Ph.D. candidates must complete 75 hours in the following course of study:
Required Core Courses (33 hours)
 MSE 7800  Teaching Internship 3 credit hours
MSE 7800  Teaching Internship
3credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Admission based on recommendations and performance in teaching. Offered every term.
 MSE 7820  Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education 1 credit hours *
MSE 7820  Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education
1credit hours
Prerequisite: Must be currently enrolled in the Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. program. Required of graduate students specializing in mathematics and science education. Involves presentations on current issues, related research, and policy developments in mathematics and science education. May be repeated.
 MSE 7845  Nature of Mathematics and Science 2 credit hours
MSE 7845  Nature of Mathematics and Science
2credit hours
Focuses on the Nature of Mathematics (NOM) and the Nature of Science (NOS). Attention given to how the fields of mathematics, biology, and chemistry practiced as well as scientific inquiry, mathematical, practices, conceptions of NOS and NOM, and pedagogical considerations.
 MSE 7848  Knowledge for Teaching in Mathematics and Science 2 credit hours
MSE 7848  Knowledge for Teaching in Mathematics and Science
2credit hours
Focuses on the knowledge required to be an effective teacher. Attention given to teacher knowledge constructs and the recognition of one's self as a mentor and teacher educator in formal and informal contexts.
 MSE 7900  Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science 3 credit hours
MSE 7900  Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science
3credit hours
Focus on theoretical and practical issues regarding how students learn mathematics and science, best practices for teaching mathematics and science topics, and issues from current literature on the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.
 PSY 7190  Advanced Cognitive Psychology 3 credit hours
PSY 7190  Advanced Cognitive Psychology
3credit hours
Topicoriented overview of cognitive psychology. Models of attention, perception, memory, language, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making. Issues in cognitive development and cognitive neuropsychology.
 PSY 7280  Psychological Statistics: Regression 3 credit hours AND
PSY 7280  Psychological Statistics: Regression
3credit hours
Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or equivalent or admission to Psychology graduate program. Corequisite: PSY 7281. Survey of theoretical and practical aspects of multiple regression as typically used by psychologists. Simple and multiple regression through model comparison approach in the general linear model paradigm. Laboratory included.
 PSY 7281  Psychological Statistics: Regression Lab 0 credit hours
PSY 7281  Psychological Statistics: Regression Lab
0credit hours
Corequisite: PSY 7280.
 PSY 7290  Psychological Statistics: ANOVA 3 credit hours AND
PSY 7290  Psychological Statistics: ANOVA
3credit hours
Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or equivalent or admission to Psychology graduate program. Corequisite: PSY 7291. Review of basic statistics. Scientific quantification, research design, and statistical analysis from the perspective of analysis of variance: oneway, factorial, repeated measures, and mixed designs. Laboratory included.
 PSY 7291  Psychological Statistics: ANOVA Lab 0 credit hours
PSY 7291  Psychological Statistics: ANOVA Lab
0credit hours
Corequisite: PSY 7290.
 SPSE 7010  Educational Research Methodology 3 credit hours
SPSE 7010  Educational Research Methodology
3credit hours
Designing research studies, including development of understandings, as well as skills and techniques needed in gathering, structuring, interpreting and presenting data required for educational research. SPSE 7010 is a prerequisite for enrollment in FOED 7610, which is recommended to be taken the following semester.
 SPSE 7170  Learning Theories and the Educational Process 3 credit hours
SPSE 7170  Learning Theories and the Educational Process
3credit hours
Examines the historical and current learning theoretical principles, concepts, and research findings as related to education in a variety of settings. Focuses on cognitive, behavioral, constructivist, and humanistic learning theorists, theories and applications.
 SPSE 7180  Qualitative Evaluation and Research Methods 3 credit hours
SPSE 7180  Qualitative Evaluation and Research Methods
3credit hours
Theoretical factors, methodological approaches, and frameworks related to evaluating and conducting qualitative research. Students required to identify specific problems and apply qualitative concepts and procedures related to classroom practice.
 SPSE 7220  Advanced Educational Technology 3 credit hours
SPSE 7220  Advanced Educational Technology
3credit hours
Advanced teaching strategies using technology with online instruction, distance learning tools, computer simulations, applets, webpage construction, presentation software, streamingvideos and multimedia applications. Explores how technology tools support teaching and research in both K12 and college level learning environments.
* Students are required to take this course at least twice before candidacy.
Concentration Core (19 hours)
 CHEM 6100  Intermediate Organic Chemistry 3 credit hours
CHEM 6100  Intermediate Organic Chemistry
3credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 3020/3021 or 2030/2031 or equivalent. Concepts and modern theories of organic chemistry: stereochemistry of reactions, mechanistic interpretation of organic reactions, and multistep synthesis. Offered every fall.
NOTE: Graduate standing is the prerequisite for graduate courses in chemistry. The 5000level courses also have the same prerequisites as listed for the corresponding 4000level courses in the undergraduate catalog.
 CHEM 6230  Intermediate Analytical Chemistry 4 credit hours
CHEM 6230  Intermediate Analytical Chemistry
4credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 2230/2231 or equivalent. Selected instrumental methods of analysis including but not limited to gas and liquid chromatography methods; ultraviolet, visible, and infrared spectroscopic methods; and flame emission and atomic absorption spectrometry. Three lectures and one threehour laboratory period. Offered every spring.
NOTE: Graduate standing is the prerequisite for graduate courses in chemistry. The 5000level courses also have the same prerequisites as listed for the corresponding 4000level courses in the undergraduate catalog.
 CHEM 6300  Intermediate Physical Chemistry 3 credit hours
CHEM 6300  Intermediate Physical Chemistry
3credit hours
Key concepts from classical thermodynamics, quantum theory, and chemically relevant spectroscopies. Statistical thermodynamics introduced. Offered every spring.
NOTE: Graduate standing is the prerequisite for graduate courses in chemistry. The 5000level courses also have the same prerequisites as listed for the corresponding 4000level courses in the undergraduate catalog.
 CHEM 6400  Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry 3 credit hours
CHEM 6400  Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
3credit hours
Concepts of inorganic chemistry needed for effective teaching of general chemistry and for safe and effective use of inorganic chemicals and materials in industrial and academic laboratories; atomic theory, principles of inorganic reactivity in acidbase; precipitation, complexation, and oxidationreduction reactions; crystal and ligand field theory; symmetry; molecular orbital theory; organometallic chemistry. Offered every fall.
NOTE: Graduate standing is the prerequisite for graduate courses in chemistry. The 5000level courses also have the same prerequisites as listed for the corresponding 4000level courses in the undergraduate catalog.
 CHEM 6500  Biochemistry I 3 credit hours
CHEM 6500  Biochemistry I
3credit hours
Chemical properties of biological molecules such as proteins, lipids, nucleotides, and carbohydrates. Chemical basis of enzyme catalysis. Structure of biological membranes. Offered every fall.
NOTE: Graduate standing is the prerequisite for graduate courses in chemistry. The 5000level courses also have the same prerequisites as listed for the corresponding 4000level courses in the undergraduate catalog.
 CHEM 7900  Teaching and Learning in Chemistry 3 credit hours
CHEM 7900  Teaching and Learning in Chemistry
3credit hours
Areas and ideas associated with chemical education. Readings from the current literature or seminal texts on misconceptions in chemistry, theories of learning, and theories of teaching. Offered summer only.
NOTE: Graduate standing is the prerequisite for graduate courses in chemistry. The 5000level courses also have the same prerequisites as listed for the corresponding 4000level courses in the undergraduate catalog.
Electives (1112 hours)
In consultation with his or her major advisor and dissertation committee, each student will choose 1112 credit hours from courses in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and the College of Education at the 6000 or 7000 level.
Students in the Chemical Education concentration should select their electives to ensure that they have completed at least 21 hours with a CHEM rubric.
Dissertation (12 hours)
 MSE 7640  Dissertation Research in Mathematics and Science Education 1 to 6 credit hours
MSE 7640  Dissertation Research in Mathematics and Science Education
1 to 6credit hours
Selection of a research problem, review of pertinent literature, collection and analysis of data, and composition of the dissertation. Once enrolled, students must register for at least one credit hour of dissertation research each semester until completion. S/U grading.
Program Notes
Candidate must
 file a degree plan with the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
 file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which they intend to graduate.
Interdisciplinary Science Education
Mathematics and Science Education, Interdisciplinary Science Education Concentration, Ph.D.
Jeremy Strayer, Interim Program Director
(615) 8985353
Jeremy.Strayer@mtsu.edu
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mathematics and Science Education is an interdisciplinary program requiring students to (1) develop substantial content mastery of mathematics and/or science; (2) demonstrate an understanding of educational theories, research methodologies, and best practices; and (3) conduct disciplinebased educational research at the interface between the fields of mathematics or science and education. This program aims to produce collegelevel professors and researchers to perform, evaluate, and integrate the results of research in mathematics and science education. It also seeks approaches to improve the way K16 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses are taught.
The goals of this program are to prepare students to
 understand the field of mathematics and science education in terms of theory and practice, research, curriculum design, and student learning;
 conduct original research that generates new knowledge about the teaching and learning of mathematics and science; and
 assume leadership roles in mathematics and science education, including teacher education, disciplinebased educational research, and curriculum and instruction.
All students in the Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. program will be expected to complete the residency requirement during the first year of enrollment in the program. Please see Residency Requirement (below) for more information.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Admission Requirements
Admission to the Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Science Education is based on a comprehensive assessment of a candidate’s qualifications including Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, undergraduate and graduate grade point average, and letters of recommendation.
Admission requires
 an earned bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited university or college. Applicants holding only a bachelor’s degree will be expected to have earned that degree in an area of mathematics or science and will be expected to earn a master’s degree in science, mathematics, or education as they complete the requirements of the Ph.D. All applicants to this program will either possess a mathematics or science degree upon admission or will be required to earn a content master’s as a part of their program of study.
 an acceptable grade point average (GPA). Successful applicants typically have a minimum 3.25 GPA in their most recent graduate work or a minimum 3.00 GPA when entering with a bachelor’s degree. Applicants holding a master’s degree should have earned at least 24 semester hours of graduate mathematics, science, and/or education credit.
Application Procedures
Applicants must submit all application materials to the College of Graduate Studies.
Application deadline: February 15 for those wishing to be considered for graduate assistantships for the following Fall. Late applications may be considered, but financial support in the form of an assistantship is not guaranteed.
Applicant must
 submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
 submit official transcripts showing a grade point average (GPA) in previous academic work that indicates potential for success in advanced study;
 submit official scores for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing measures of the GRE that indicate potential for success in the Mathematics and Science Education program. Although specific minimum scores are not set, evaluation of scores is an important factor in admission decisions.
 provide letters of recommendation from at least three professors or professionals that address the applicant's potential to successfully complete a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education.
NOTE: International students must also meet the College of Graduate Studies requirement for proof of English language proficiency. This may be accomplished by submission of TOEFL, UMELI test, or IELTS scores that meet the college's requirements or by successful completion of level 112 of ELS coursework.
Applicants who do not meet these minimums but whose application materials indicate high potential for success may be admitted conditionally. Such students must meet the conditions of their admission in the time stated to remain in the program of study.
Degree Requirements
Once admitted to the program, each candidate must
 complete at least 75 postbaccalaureate semester hours as described in the Curriculum section below. (Students entering with a master's degree in mathematics, education, or a science discipline may have up to 15 graduate hours of previous coursework applied after determination that the content of the courses is directly equivalent to existing courses in the Mathematics and Science Education curriculum.)
 make at least two research presentations at regional, national, or international meetings as the lead or coauthor;
 be lead author or make significant contribution as coauthor of two articles published, in press, or under review in high quality, peerreviewed journals;
 in collaboration with an MTSU faculty member serving as principal investigator, make a significant contribution to the development of at least one external grant proposal;
 complete the MSE 7800  Teaching Internship. Those who lack teaching experience in the K12 setting are required to complete MSE 7800 in a K12 teaching experience;
 complete a dissertation and successfully defend it in the final oral examination.
Residency Requirement
During the residency year, students are expected to complete at least 18 hours of coursework that apply directly to the degree. Of these 18 hours, 14 hours of coursework are prescribed.
Fall Semester(5 hours)
 MSE 7001 Residency Seminar I 1 credit hour
 MSE 7820 Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education 1 credit hours
 PSY 7190 Advanced Cognitive Psychology 3 credit hours
Spring Semester(6 hours)
 MSE 7002 Residency Seminar II 1 credit hour
 SPSE 7010 Educational Research Methodology 3 credit hours
 MSE 7845 Nature of Mathematics and Science 2 credit hours OR
 MSE 7848 Knowledge for Teaching in Mathematics and Science 2 credit hours
Summer (3 hours)
 SPSE 7220 Advanced Educational Technology 3 credit hours OR
 SPSE 7170 Learning Theories and the Educational Process 3 credit hours
In addition, during the residency year, students are expected to complete each of the following:
 Attend at least one conference: The conference should be directly related to the student's concentration (i.e,. biology education, chemistry education, science education, mathematics education) and should be at the regional, national, or international level. The advisor must approve the selected conference.
 Make significant progress* toward the submission of a manuscript on which the student is a coauthor. The manuscript will be prepared under the guidance of or in conjunction with MSE faculty. Residency seminars will support this process.
 Attend at least five (5) program activities not associated with course credit: The MSE program has numerous activities that occur during the academic year (i.e., fall and spring semesters). These include seminars, book club meetings, reading/writing groups, journal clubs, etc. Some of these are intended for all MSE students while others are specific to concentrations.
*NOTE: Significant progress toward the submission of a manuscript is defined as legitimate peripheral participation of the student within one or more of the following components of a manuscript:
 Research rationale/study introduction
 Literature review
 Research design and methodology
 Data analysis data presentation
 Writing
Curriculum: Mathematics and Science Education, Interdisciplinary Science Education
All Ph.D. candidates must complete 75 hours in the following course of study:
Core Courses (33 hours)
 MSE 7800  Teaching Internship 3 credit hours
MSE 7800  Teaching Internship
3credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Admission based on recommendations and performance in teaching. Offered every term.
 MSE 7820  Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education 1 credit hours *
MSE 7820  Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education
1credit hours
Prerequisite: Must be currently enrolled in the Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. program. Required of graduate students specializing in mathematics and science education. Involves presentations on current issues, related research, and policy developments in mathematics and science education. May be repeated.
 MSE 7845  Nature of Mathematics and Science 2 credit hours
MSE 7845  Nature of Mathematics and Science
2credit hours
Focuses on the Nature of Mathematics (NOM) and the Nature of Science (NOS). Attention given to how the fields of mathematics, biology, and chemistry practiced as well as scientific inquiry, mathematical, practices, conceptions of NOS and NOM, and pedagogical considerations.
 MSE 7848  Knowledge for Teaching in Mathematics and Science 2 credit hours
MSE 7848  Knowledge for Teaching in Mathematics and Science
2credit hours
Focuses on the knowledge required to be an effective teacher. Attention given to teacher knowledge constructs and the recognition of one's self as a mentor and teacher educator in formal and informal contexts.
 MSE 7900  Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science 3 credit hours
MSE 7900  Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science
3credit hours
Focus on theoretical and practical issues regarding how students learn mathematics and science, best practices for teaching mathematics and science topics, and issues from current literature on the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.
 PSY 7190  Advanced Cognitive Psychology 3 credit hours
PSY 7190  Advanced Cognitive Psychology
3credit hours
Topicoriented overview of cognitive psychology. Models of attention, perception, memory, language, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making. Issues in cognitive development and cognitive neuropsychology.
 PSY 7280  Psychological Statistics: Regression 3 credit hours AND
PSY 7280  Psychological Statistics: Regression
3credit hours
Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or equivalent or admission to Psychology graduate program. Corequisite: PSY 7281. Survey of theoretical and practical aspects of multiple regression as typically used by psychologists. Simple and multiple regression through model comparison approach in the general linear model paradigm. Laboratory included.
 PSY 7281  Psychological Statistics: Regression Lab 0 credit hours
PSY 7281  Psychological Statistics: Regression Lab
0credit hours
Corequisite: PSY 7280.
 PSY 7290  Psychological Statistics: ANOVA 3 credit hours AND
PSY 7290  Psychological Statistics: ANOVA
3credit hours
Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or equivalent or admission to Psychology graduate program. Corequisite: PSY 7291. Review of basic statistics. Scientific quantification, research design, and statistical analysis from the perspective of analysis of variance: oneway, factorial, repeated measures, and mixed designs. Laboratory included.
 PSY 7291  Psychological Statistics: ANOVA Lab 0 credit hours
PSY 7291  Psychological Statistics: ANOVA Lab
0credit hours
Corequisite: PSY 7290.
 SPSE 7010  Educational Research Methodology 3 credit hours
SPSE 7010  Educational Research Methodology
3credit hours
Designing research studies, including development of understandings, as well as skills and techniques needed in gathering, structuring, interpreting and presenting data required for educational research. SPSE 7010 is a prerequisite for enrollment in FOED 7610, which is recommended to be taken the following semester.
 SPSE 7170  Learning Theories and the Educational Process 3 credit hours
SPSE 7170  Learning Theories and the Educational Process
3credit hours
Examines the historical and current learning theoretical principles, concepts, and research findings as related to education in a variety of settings. Focuses on cognitive, behavioral, constructivist, and humanistic learning theorists, theories and applications.
 SPSE 7180  Qualitative Evaluation and Research Methods 3 credit hours
SPSE 7180  Qualitative Evaluation and Research Methods
3credit hours
Theoretical factors, methodological approaches, and frameworks related to evaluating and conducting qualitative research. Students required to identify specific problems and apply qualitative concepts and procedures related to classroom practice.
 SPSE 7220  Advanced Educational Technology 3 credit hours
SPSE 7220  Advanced Educational Technology
3credit hours
Advanced teaching strategies using technology with online instruction, distance learning tools, computer simulations, applets, webpage construction, presentation software, streamingvideos and multimedia applications. Explores how technology tools support teaching and research in both K12 and college level learning environments.
*Students are required to take this course at least twice before candidacy.
Concentration Core (18 hours)
Students who choose this concentration must select at least 18 hours (in consultation with their major advisors and dissertation committee) from the courses listed in the Biological Education, Chemical Education, and Mathematics Education concentrations in Mathematics and Science Education or from the courses listed below:
 BIOL 7850  Intermediate Life Science 3 credit hours
BIOL 7850  Intermediate Life Science
3credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and one undergraduate biology course. Uses a processoriented approach to the study of life science with emphasis on execution and analysis of contentbased activities and experiments suited to actual classroom situations. (May not be used for biology majors or minors.)
 MATH 6100  Mathematics for Teachers 3 credit hours
MATH 6100  Mathematics for Teachers
3credit hours
Mathematics as problem solving, communication, and reasoning. Connecting different fields of mathematics. Topics include number and number relationships, number systems and number theory, computation and estimation, patterns and functions, statistics and probability, algebra, geometry, measurement.
 MATH 6330  Algebra from an Advanced Perspective 3 credit hours
MATH 6330  Algebra from an Advanced Perspective
3credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Review and extension of algebraic skills and concepts as they relate to the teaching and learning of algebra. Focus on algebraic thinking and problem solving, algebraic systems, functions, graphing, and linear algebra.
 MATH 6340  Geometry from an Advanced Perspective 3 credit hours
MATH 6340  Geometry from an Advanced Perspective
3credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Investigations into the foundations of plane, solid, and coordinate geometry, motion geometry, similarities and congruencies, measurement and the application of geometry. Instruction will model the suggested pedagogy appropriate for school mathematics.
MATH 6350  Probability and Statistics from an Advanced Perspective
3credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Relation to school mathematics. Development of central tendency and variation, concepts of chance including sample space, randomness, conditional probability, and independence.
 MSE 7900  Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science 3 credit hours
MSE 7900  Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science
3credit hours
Focus on theoretical and practical issues regarding how students learn mathematics and science, best practices for teaching mathematics and science topics, and issues from current literature on the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.
 PSCI 6020  Investigations in Physical Science 1 to 3 credit hours
PSCI 6020  Investigations in Physical Science
1 to 3credit hours
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Topics from astronomy to chemistry and physics, with special emphasis on the development of handson activities, determination of content cognitive demand, development of appropriate assessment instruments/implementation plans, and implementation of these across the precollege curriculum. For practicing precollege science teachers and school administrators. Consult the listed instructor for costs and specific credits. Does not apply toward chemistry graduate degrees. Offered on sufficient demand. May be repeated for a total of six credits with departmental approval. Repeatable for up to six credit hours.
 PSY 6480  Advanced Topics in Quantitative Psychology 3 credit hours
PSY 6480  Advanced Topics in Quantitative Psychology
3credit hours
Prerequisite: PSY 6280 or equivalent. Advanced topics in quantitative psychology. Focus on current topics, recent issues, and less traditional areas of quantitative psychology. Relevant computer programs. May be repeated for a total of six credits.
 PSY 6550  Structural Equation Modeling 3 credit hours
PSY 6550  Structural Equation Modeling
3credit hours
Prerequisites: PSY 6280, HHP 6700, or equivalent. Structural equation modeling. Review of correlation, multiple regression and path analysis. Conceptual review of measurement models. Model specification, estimation, goodness of fit, and power of structural equation models. Relevant computer programs.
 PSY 7210  Advanced Psychometrics 3 credit hours
PSY 7210  Advanced Psychometrics
3credit hours
Prerequisites: PSY 6280, HHP 6700, or equivalent. Classical test theory and item response theory. Model, assumptions, and problems of classical test theory. Mathematical modeling, parameter estimating, and adaptive testing procedures using item response theory. Both theories utilized for test construction.
 PSY 7580  Multivariate Data Analysis 3 credit hours
PSY 7580  Multivariate Data Analysis
3credit hours
Prerequisites: PSY 6280, HHP 6700, or equivalent. Surveys each of the major multivariate data analysis techniques, with main focus on their application. Nature, power, procedure, computer programming, interpretation, and limitations of each.
 PSCI 7800  Intermediate Physical Science 3 credit hours
PSCI 7800  Intermediate Physical Science
3credit hours
Selected concepts and theories within the physical sciences of astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physics such as the solar system and the Earth, physical and chemical changes, chemical bonding, acids and bases, rocks and minerals, density, kinematics, electricity, and magnetism. Particular emphasis placed on developing strong content and pedagogical content knowledge in these areas.
Students must take one of the following courses:
 BIOL 7900  Teaching and Learning Biology 3 credit hours
BIOL 7900  Teaching and Learning Biology
3credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Overview of biology education with an emphasis on how students learn biology and current best practices for teaching biological concepts. Primary literature of the field featured as course emerges through lectures, discussion, small group activities, and group/individual presentations. Capstone experience will be student's development of an instructional unit of study including the formal teaching of selected biological concepts. Three hours lecture/discussion.
 CHEM 7900  Teaching and Learning in Chemistry 3 credit hours
CHEM 7900  Teaching and Learning in Chemistry
3credit hours
Areas and ideas associated with chemical education. Readings from the current literature or seminal texts on misconceptions in chemistry, theories of learning, and theories of teaching. Offered summer only.
NOTE: Graduate standing is the prerequisite for graduate courses in chemistry. The 5000level courses also have the same prerequisites as listed for the corresponding 4000level courses in the undergraduate catalog.
 MATH 7900  Teaching and Learning Mathematics 3 credit hours
MATH 7900  Teaching and Learning Mathematics
3credit hours
Focus on theoretical and practical issues regarding how students learn mathematics, best practices for teaching mathematics, and issues from current literature on the teaching and learning of mathematics.
Electives (1112 hours)
In consultation with his or her major advisor and dissertation committee, each student will choose 1112 credit hours from courses in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and the College of Education at the 6000 or 7000 level.
Dissertation (12 hours)
 MSE 7640  Dissertation Research in Mathematics and Science Education 1 to 6 credit hours
MSE 7640  Dissertation Research in Mathematics and Science Education
1 to 6credit hours
Selection of a research problem, review of pertinent literature, collection and analysis of data, and composition of the dissertation. Once enrolled, students must register for at least one credit hour of dissertation research each semester until completion. S/U grading.
Program Notes
Candidate must
 file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
 file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.
Mathematics Education
Mathematics and Science Education, Mathematics Education Concentration, Ph.D.
Jeremy Strayer, Interim Program Director
(615) 8985353
Jeremy.Strayer@mtsu.edu
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mathematics and Science Education is an interdisciplinary program requiring students to (1) develop substantial content mastery of mathematics and/or science; (2) demonstrate an understanding of educational theories, research methodologies, and best practices; and (3) conduct disciplinebased educational research at the interface between the fields of mathematics or science and education. This program aims to produce collegelevel professors and researchers to perform, evaluate, and integrate the results of research in mathematics and science education. It also seeks approaches to improve the way K16 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses are taught.
The goals of this program are to prepare students to
 understand the field of mathematics and science education in terms of theory and practice, research, curriculum design, and student learning;
 conduct original research that generates new knowledge about the teaching and learning of mathematics and science; and
 assume leadership roles in mathematics and science education, including teacher education, disciplinebased educational research, and curriculum and instruction.
All students in the Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. program will be expected to complete the residency requirement during the first year of enrollment in the program. Please see Residency Requirement (below) for more information.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Admission Requirements
Admission to the Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education with a concentration in Mathematics Education is based on a comprehensive assessment of a candidate’s qualifications including Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, undergraduate and graduate grade point average, and letters of recommendation.
Admission requires
 an earned bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited university or college. Applicants holding only a bachelor’s degree will be expected to have earned that degree in an area of mathematics or science and will be expected to earn a master’s degree in science, mathematics, or education as they complete the requirements of the Ph.D. All applicants to this program will either possess a mathematics or science degree upon admission or will be required to earn a content master’s as a part of their program of study.
 an acceptable grade point average (GPA). Successful applicants typically have a minimum 3.25 GPA in their most recent graduate work or a minimum 3.00 GPA when entering with a bachelor’s degree. Applicants holding a master’s degree should have earned at least 24 semester hours of graduate mathematics, science, and/or education credit.
Application Procedures
Applicants must submit all application materials to the College of Graduate Studies.
Application deadline: February 15 for those wishing to be considered for graduate assistantships for the following Fall. Late applications may be considered, but financial support in the form of an assistantship is not guaranteed.
Applicant must
 submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
 submit official transcripts showing a grade point average (GPA) in previous academic work that indicates potential for success in advanced study;
 submit official scores for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing measures of the GRE that indicate potential for success in the Mathematics and Science Education program. Although specific minimum scores are not set, evaluation of scores is an important factor in admission decisions.
 provide letters of recommendation from at least three professors or professionals that address the applicant's potential to successfully complete a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education.
NOTE: International students must also meet the College of Graduate Studies requirement for proof of English language proficiency. This may be accomplished by submission of TOEFL, UMELI test, or IELTS scores that meet the college's requirements or by successful completion of level 112 of ELS coursework.
Applicants who do not meet these minimums but whose application materials indicate high potential for success may be admitted conditionally. Such students must meet the conditions of their admission in the time stated to remain in the program of study.
Degree Requirements
Once admitted to the program, each candidate must
 complete at least 75 postbaccalaureate semester hours as described in the Curriculum section below. (Students entering with a master's degree in mathematics, education, or a science discipline may have up to 15 graduate hours of previous coursework applied after determination that the content of the courses is directly equivalent to existing courses in the Mathematics and Science Education curriculum.)
 make at least two research presentations at regional, national, or international meetings as the lead or coauthor;
 be lead author or make significant contribution as coauthor of two articles published, in press, or under review in high quality, peerreviewed journals;
 in collaboration with an MTSU faculty member serving as principal investigator, make a significant contribution to the development of at least one external grant proposal;
 complete the MSE 7800  Teaching Internship. Those who lack teaching experience in the K12 setting are required to complete MSE 7800 in a K12 teaching experience;
 complete a dissertation and successfully defend it in the final oral examination.
Residency Requirement
During the residency year, students are expected to complete at least 18 hours of coursework that apply directly to the degree. Of these 18 hours, 14 hours of coursework are prescribed.
Fall Semester(5 hours)
 MSE 7001 Residency Seminar I 1 credit hour
 MSE 7820 Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education 1 credit hours
 PSY 7190 Advanced Cognitive Psychology 3 credit hours
Spring Semester(6 hours)
 MSE 7002 Residency Seminar II 1 credit hour
 SPSE 7010 Educational Research Methodology 3 credit hours
 MSE 7845 Nature of Mathematics and Science 2 credit hours OR
 MSE 7848 Knowledge for Teaching in Mathematics and Science 2 credit hours
Summer (3 hours)
 SPSE 7220 Advanced Educational Technology 3 credit hours OR
 SPSE 7170 Learning Theories and the Educational Process 3 credit hours
In addition, during the residency year, students are expected to complete each of the following:
 Attend at least one conference: The conference should be directly related to the student's concentration (i.e,. biology education, chemistry education, science education, mathematics education) and should be at the regional, national, or international level. The advisor must approve the selected conference.
 Make significant progress* toward the submission of a manuscript on which the student is a coauthor. The manuscript will be prepared under the guidance of or in conjunction with MSE faculty. Residency seminars will support this process.
 Attend at least five (5) program activities not associated with course credit: The MSE program has numerous activities that occur during the academic year (i.e., fall and spring semesters). These include seminars, book club meetings, reading/writing groups, journal clubs, etc. Some of these are intended for all MSE students while others are specific to concentrations.
*NOTE: Significant progress toward the submission of a manuscript is defined as legitimate peripheral participation of the student within one or more of the following components of a manuscript:
 Research rationale/study introduction
 Literature review
 Research design and methodology
 Data analysis data presentation
 Writing
Curriculum: Mathematics and Science Education, Mathematics Education
All Ph.D. candidates must complete 75 hours in the following course of study:
Core Courses (33 hours)
 MSE 7800  Teaching Internship 3 credit hours
MSE 7800  Teaching Internship
3credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Admission based on recommendations and performance in teaching. Offered every term.
 MSE 7820  Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education 1 credit hours *
MSE 7820  Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education
1credit hours
Prerequisite: Must be currently enrolled in the Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. program. Required of graduate students specializing in mathematics and science education. Involves presentations on current issues, related research, and policy developments in mathematics and science education. May be repeated.
 MSE 7845  Nature of Mathematics and Science 2 credit hours
MSE 7845  Nature of Mathematics and Science
2credit hours
Focuses on the Nature of Mathematics (NOM) and the Nature of Science (NOS). Attention given to how the fields of mathematics, biology, and chemistry practiced as well as scientific inquiry, mathematical, practices, conceptions of NOS and NOM, and pedagogical considerations.
 MSE 7848  Knowledge for Teaching in Mathematics and Science 2 credit hours
MSE 7848  Knowledge for Teaching in Mathematics and Science
2credit hours
Focuses on the knowledge required to be an effective teacher. Attention given to teacher knowledge constructs and the recognition of one's self as a mentor and teacher educator in formal and informal contexts.
 MSE 7900  Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science 3 credit hours
MSE 7900  Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science
3credit hours
Focus on theoretical and practical issues regarding how students learn mathematics and science, best practices for teaching mathematics and science topics, and issues from current literature on the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.
 PSY 7190  Advanced Cognitive Psychology 3 credit hours
PSY 7190  Advanced Cognitive Psychology
3credit hours
Topicoriented overview of cognitive psychology. Models of attention, perception, memory, language, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making. Issues in cognitive development and cognitive neuropsychology.
 PSY 7280  Psychological Statistics: Regression 3 credit hours AND
PSY 7280  Psychological Statistics: Regression
3credit hours
Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or equivalent or admission to Psychology graduate program. Corequisite: PSY 7281. Survey of theoretical and practical aspects of multiple regression as typically used by psychologists. Simple and multiple regression through model comparison approach in the general linear model paradigm. Laboratory included.
 PSY 7281  Psychological Statistics: Regression Lab 0 credit hours
PSY 7281  Psychological Statistics: Regression Lab
0credit hours
Corequisite: PSY 7280.
 PSY 7290  Psychological Statistics: ANOVA 3 credit hours AND
PSY 7290  Psychological Statistics: ANOVA
3credit hours
Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or equivalent or admission to Psychology graduate program. Corequisite: PSY 7291. Review of basic statistics. Scientific quantification, research design, and statistical analysis from the perspective of analysis of variance: oneway, factorial, repeated measures, and mixed designs. Laboratory included.
 PSY 7291  Psychological Statistics: ANOVA Lab 0 credit hours
PSY 7291  Psychological Statistics: ANOVA Lab
0credit hours
Corequisite: PSY 7290.
 SPSE 7010  Educational Research Methodology 3 credit hours
SPSE 7010  Educational Research Methodology
3credit hours
Designing research studies, including development of understandings, as well as skills and techniques needed in gathering, structuring, interpreting and presenting data required for educational research. SPSE 7010 is a prerequisite for enrollment in FOED 7610, which is recommended to be taken the following semester.
 SPSE 7170  Learning Theories and the Educational Process 3 credit hours
SPSE 7170  Learning Theories and the Educational Process
3credit hours
Examines the historical and current learning theoretical principles, concepts, and research findings as related to education in a variety of settings. Focuses on cognitive, behavioral, constructivist, and humanistic learning theorists, theories and applications.
 SPSE 7180  Qualitative Evaluation and Research Methods 3 credit hours
SPSE 7180  Qualitative Evaluation and Research Methods
3credit hours
Theoretical factors, methodological approaches, and frameworks related to evaluating and conducting qualitative research. Students required to identify specific problems and apply qualitative concepts and procedures related to classroom practice.
 SPSE 7220  Advanced Educational Technology 3 credit hours
SPSE 7220  Advanced Educational Technology
3credit hours
Advanced teaching strategies using technology with online instruction, distance learning tools, computer simulations, applets, webpage construction, presentation software, streamingvideos and multimedia applications. Explores how technology tools support teaching and research in both K12 and college level learning environments.
*Students are required to take this course at least twice before candidacy.
Concentration Core (18 hours)
 MATH 6900  Research in Mathematics Education 3 credit hours
MATH 6900  Research in Mathematics Education
3credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Examines factors influencing research and critical analyses of selected research in mathematics education. Studies representing different methodologies critiqued.
 MATH 7310  Theoretical Frameworks in Mathematics Education 3 credit hours
MATH 7310  Theoretical Frameworks in Mathematics Education
3credit hours
Focuses on how researchers utilize theoretical frameworks while conducting and reporting research in mathematics education. Attention given to prominent theoretical frameworks in mathematics education and the role of frameworks in connecting methodology and the reporting of findings in mathematics education research.
 MATH 7320  Mathematical Problem Solving 3 credit hours
MATH 7320  Mathematical Problem Solving
3credit hours
Required of students in Mathematics Education concentration of Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. program. Examines research on teaching and learning mathematics through problem solving as a process, problemsolving strategies and heuristics, and assessing problem solving. Focuses on all branches of mathematics providing an opportunity to synthesize mathematical knowledge.
 MATH 7330  Ethics in Mathematics Education 3 credit hours
MATH 7330  Ethics in Mathematics Education
3credit hours
Prerequisite: Admission to MSE program and successful completion of either MATH 6900 or MSE 7848. Focuses on the philosophical and theoretical perspectives of ethics and ethical decision making as they relate to the roles and responsibilities of teacher education and researchers in mathematics education. Ethical decision making will be applied through the teaching case method.
MATH 7340  History, Curriculum, and Policy in Mathematics Education
3credit hours
Prerequisite: Admission to MSE program. Explores the history of mathematics education with particular attention to curriculum development and policy development. Major factors that influence the development of curriculum and policy discussed.
 MATH 7900  Teaching and Learning Mathematics 3 credit hours
MATH 7900  Teaching and Learning Mathematics
3credit hours
Focus on theoretical and practical issues regarding how students learn mathematics, best practices for teaching mathematics, and issues from current literature on the teaching and learning of mathematics.
Advised Mathematics Electives (12 hours)
Choose one:
 MATH 6330  Algebra from an Advanced Perspective 3 credit hours
MATH 6330  Algebra from an Advanced Perspective
3credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Review and extension of algebraic skills and concepts as they relate to the teaching and learning of algebra. Focus on algebraic thinking and problem solving, algebraic systems, functions, graphing, and linear algebra.
 MATH 6340  Geometry from an Advanced Perspective 3 credit hours
MATH 6340  Geometry from an Advanced Perspective
3credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Investigations into the foundations of plane, solid, and coordinate geometry, motion geometry, similarities and congruencies, measurement and the application of geometry. Instruction will model the suggested pedagogy appropriate for school mathematics.
MATH 6350  Probability and Statistics from an Advanced Perspective
3credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Relation to school mathematics. Development of central tendency and variation, concepts of chance including sample space, randomness, conditional probability, and independence.
Choose two:
 MATH 6120  Advanced Linear Algebra 3 credit hours
MATH 6120  Advanced Linear Algebra
3credit hours
Prerequisite: MATH 2010. Continuation of linear algebra topics in MATH 2010 including advanced topics in inner product spaces and structure of linear operators.
 MATH 6170  Sets and Logic 3 credit hours
MATH 6170  Sets and Logic
3credit hours
Includes topics in three categories: 1) Propositions, predicates, quantifiers, truth tables, tautologies, and methods of mathematical proof including mathematical induction. 2) Sets, relations, functions, graphs, cardinality, and the Axiom of Choice. 3) Applications of these foundations to selected results in algebra and analysis as time permits. It is recommended that this course be taken early in the graduate program.
 MATH 6190  Analysis I 3 credit hours
MATH 6190  Analysis I
3credit hours
Prerequisite: MATH 4250 or equivalent. Rigorous treatment of limits, continuity, differentiation, and integration; infinite series; introduction to metric spaces.
Choose one:
 MATH 6602  Problems in MathematicsNumber Theory 1 to 9 credit hours (3 credit hours)
MATH 6602  Problems in MathematicsNumber Theory
1 to 9credit hours
Prerequisite: Mathematical maturity, preparation in the area, and normally nine semester hours of graduate study. Problems course dealing with theory methods and applications.
 MATH 6603  Problems in MathematicsMathematics of Finance 1 to 9 credit hours (3 credit hours)
MATH 6603  Problems in MathematicsMathematics of Finance
1 to 9credit hours
Prerequisite: Mathematical maturity, preparation in the area, and normally nine semester hours of graduate study. Problems course dealing with theory methods and applications.
 MATH 6604  Problems in MathematicsMathematics of Life Contingencies 1 to 9 credit hours (3 credit hours)
MATH 6604  Problems in MathematicsMathematics of Life Contingencies
1 to 9credit hours
Prerequisite: Mathematical maturity, preparation in the area, and normally nine semester hours of graduate study. Problems course dealing with theory methods and applications.
Dissertation (12 hours)
 MSE 7640  Dissertation Research in Mathematics and Science Education 1 to 6 credit hours
MSE 7640  Dissertation Research in Mathematics and Science Education
1 to 6credit hours
Selection of a research problem, review of pertinent literature, collection and analysis of data, and composition of the dissertation. Once enrolled, students must register for at least one credit hour of dissertation research each semester until completion. S/U grading.
Program Notes
Candidate must
 file a degree plan with the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
 file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which they intend to graduate.
Links
 National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
 National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)
 SABER (Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research)
 ASTE (Association for Science Teacher Education)
 NSTA (National Science Teachers Association)
 ACS Division of Chemistry Education
 NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
 AMTE (Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators)
 NCSM Leadership in Mathematics Education
 RUME (Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education)
 PMENA (International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education / North American Chapter)
 PME (International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education)
 AERA (American Educational Research Association)
Assistantships
Research and teaching assistantships, with stipends beginning at $18,000, are available on a competitive basis to fulltime students in the MSE program. In addition to the stipend, the university also pays all tuition and most fees for assistantship holders. NonTennessee residents who are awarded a graduate assistantship are not required to pay outofstate fees. To learn more about the types of graduate assistantships and to download an application, visit the Graduate Studies Assistantship page.
The College of Graduate Studies also awards a limited number of scholarships. For additional information and applications, visit the Graduate Studies Finance page.
In addition to assistantships and scholarships, MTSU's Office of Financial Aid assists graduate students seeking other forms of financial support while in school.
Application Forms
Documentation of Graduation Requirements
 Evidence of Manuscript Submission
 Evidence of Research Presentation
 Evidence of Grantwriting Participation
 Application to Take Preliminary Examination
 Result of Dissertation ProspectusProposal Defense
Preliminary Examination Information
 MSE Core  Study Guide
 Biology Education Reading List
 Chemistry Education Reading List
 Interdisciplinary Education Reading List
 Mathematics Education Reading List
Degree Plans
 Biological Education Concentration (.docx)
 Biological Education Concentration (.pdf)
 Chemical Education Concentration
 Interdisciplinary Science Education Concentration
 Mathematics Education Concentration
Forms for Faculty
Other Forms
MSE Faculty and Student Research Interests
The sortable table below provides information on the scholarly interests of our faculty and students in the Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. program at MTSU. Choose the following for more information on MSE Faculty and Students' scholarly influences and publications & projects.
Name  MSE Concentration 
Role in 
Primary Scholarly Interests  Research Questions of Interest 

Seat, Jennifer  MATHEMATICS  Student 

Can a vertical lesson study (with IM13 and a local CC College Algebra teacher) help
promote student success in the collegiate environment? (long term question) Can building confidence change the dynamic of your mathematical discourse in the classroom? Can helping students learn to better communicate questions, using techniques like socratic teaching, help build deeper understanding of content? 
Lovett, Jennifer  MATHEMATICS  Faculty 

In what ways do PSTs' notice students' practices on technological mathematical tasks? What understandings of inference do secondary students hold? 
SmithWalters, Cindi  BIOLOGY  Faculty 

How can we assess personal efficacy in biology? How can we leverage cooperative learning groups in the classroom? How can we incorporate the outofdoors into the formal education theater (getting teachers to take kids outside to learn!)? 
Rushton, Gregory  CHEMISTRY  Faculty 

How do teachers' social networks influence retention and effectiveness? Can science education reforms be scaled through online PD? Does teacher leadership promote retention or attrition of highly effective teachers? 
Frick, Tasha  CHEMISTRY  Student 

I am currently working on my dissertation, which explores the formation and development of GTAs' (Graduate Teaching Assistants') roleidentity. My questions are:

BleilerBaxter, Sarah  MATHEMATICS  Faculty 
Umbrella topic: Understanding how to best facilitate students’ understanding of and legitimate engagement in doing mathematics.

Can an instructor’s institutional authority be used to empower students as legitimate
practitioners of mathematics? If so, how? Can an instructor’s mathematics expertise authority be used to empower students as legitimate practitioners of mathematics? If so, how? 
Contact and Student Information
Jeremy F. Strayer, Ph.D.
Jeremy.Strayer@mtsu.edu
6158985353
Jeremy F. Strayer, Ph.D.
Jeremy.Strayer@mtsu.edu
6158985353
Mathematics and Science Education, Ph.D. Program
MTSU Box 76
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
College of Graduate Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 42
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
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