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Debbie Monson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Teacher Education
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2011
MOH 304 | Opus Hall
(651) 962-4443


  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction-Mathematics Education with a supporting field of mathematics, University of Minnesota, 2011
  • M.Ed., Mathematics Education, University of Minnesota, 1999
  • B.S., Math-Physics Secondary Education, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1990

Teaching/Research Interests

My current research interests include exploring children’s thinking related to rational number, engineering education, and assignments that help improve pre-service teacher education. These projects include investigating how children learn about rational number concepts using the number line and other models, exploring how teachers can use engineering design ideas to incorporate STEM projects in their classrooms, and creating high quality assignments to further secondary preservice mathematics teachers’ ability to notice and utilize student thinking.

Courses Taught

  • Teaching Mathematics and Technology (Elementary Math Methods)
  • C&I: 5-12 Mathematics (Secondary Math Methods)
  • Problem Solving and Reasoning in the P-12 Classroom


I have been at the University of St. Thomas since 2011, teaching mostly mathematics methods courses to undergraduate and graduate students.  Prior to working at the University of St. Thomas, I was a classroom teacher in St. Paul for 13 years. 

Throughout my time in graduate school I was fortunate to teach mathematics content courses for the elementary pre-service teachers as well as do research in several areas.  One of those areas, working on the Rational Number Project, has continued to be an area of great interest for me and allows me to work with researchers from the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin—River Falls. I enjoy working with my colleagues in teacher education, mathematics, and engineering to provide the highest quality education here at the University of St. Thomas. I have peers from across the country that I work with to create new and engaging assignments for pre-service secondary mathematics teachers. I enjoy collaborating on projects as well as working with students.  Teaching and working with students continues to be my favorite part of this career and I continually look for ways to make my courses the best learning experience for my students.


  • Cramer, K., Monson, D. Ahrendt, S., Colum, K., Wiley, B., & Wyberg, T. (in press). 5 indicators of decimal understanding (working title). Teaching Children Mathematics.
  • Monson, D. & Besser, D. (in press). Smashing Milk Cartons (working title). Science and Children.
  • Post, T. R., Monson, D., Anderson, E., and Harwell, M. (2012). Rethinking high school mathematics: Integrated high school curricula and preparation for college mathematics-some results from research. Mathematics Teacher. 106 (2), pp. 138-144.

Fall 2019 Courses

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J-Term 2020 Courses

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