Inspire the next generation. Because the world needs more math.
Become a high school teacher and help students excel at math. There’s no better place to hone your skills than Waterloo, where you’ll gain eighth months of high school classroom experience (along with paid work experience if you enrol in co-op) even before you apply to a Bachelor of Education program.
During your academic terms, you can take a wide variety of math courses or choose to focus your studies in a particular area in math. Add a second teachable from Waterloo's Faculties of Science or Arts.
The world needs more great math teachers. We’ll set you on that path.
First faculty of mathematics in North America
Gain teaching and co-op work experience
Waterloo is an international leader in Mathematics
Mathematics/Teaching admission requirements
Apply to Mathematics and choose Mathematics/Teaching as your major at the end of first year. Once you've applied, you'll need to complete the Admission Information Form as part of the application process.
To be considered for entrance scholarships in the Faculty of Mathematics, you must write one or both of the contests. If you complete both contests, we'll use the results of the contest in which you performed best.
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First-year Mathematics/Teaching courses and beyond
You may select advanced-stream courses for algebra, calculus, and computer science if you meet the requirements.
September to December
January to April
After first year
You'll take a variety of upper-year courses in math and computer science, as well as additional courses in a second teaching subject. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.
View a list of courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year courses
Customize your degree
You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can gain experience in the classroom before you even apply to a Bachelor of Education program. Set yourself apart from other future teachers!
Sample co-op job titles
- Student teacher
- Computer science tutor
- Teaching assistant
- Computer science teacher
- Instructional support assistant
- Math tutor
- Teacher intern
Sample co-op employers
- Bronte College
- Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
- St. Andrew's College
- Trinity College School
- Hillfield-Strathallan College
- Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto
Careers with Mathematics/Teaching
Graduates pursue careers in teaching math and computer science. They work for school boards across Canada and internationally.
- Teacher – Waterloo Region District School Board
- Math Teacher – Halton District School Board
- Instructor – University of Ontario Institute of Technology
- Information Systems Analyst & Consultant – University of Waterloo
- Youth Job Specialist – YMCA
- Instructor – Humber College
Learn about the future of careers in math, coding, and data.
Student life, including women in mathematics
Math Society (MathSoc)
MathSoc is run by students for students and provides a wide range of clubs and services as well as social and academic events to make your experience as a Waterloo Mathematics student the best it can be. There are many ways to get involved and to meet students in other Faculty of Mathematics programs.
Outside of the Faculty of Mathematics, our campus is packed with opportunities to get involved, no matter how unique your interests. Between clubs supported by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association, sports and recreation, student government, and an incredible range of events, there's something for everyone at Waterloo!
Women in Mathematics
The Women in Mathematics (WiM) community encourages and advocates for women of all ages who are interested in studying math and pursuing a career in a related area. WiM strives for all genders to be well-represented in mathematics and welcomes people with under-represented gender identities.
Women in Computer Science
Women in Computer Science (WiCS) promotes gender equity for students interested in studying computer science and pursuing career in computing. WiCS has a very active student-run committee and offers events such as the Big CSters mentoring program, workshops, a speaker series, and panels about diversity in computer science and STEM.
There's also Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (WiSTEM), a student-run club that welcomes all students (regardless of gender) to promote equality in STEM. Opportunities include skills workshops, discussions, homework help, and guest speakers.
Apply to Mathematics and choose this major at the end of first year
Offered by the Faculty of Mathematics
Earn a Bachelor of Mathematics degree
Ready to learn more?
- Visit the Waterloo Mathematics/Teaching website
- Email our Mathematics recruitment co-ordinator, who can answer any questions about the program
- Subscribe to our newsletter to get tips and advice from current students
Speed through your B.Ed.
With your Math/Teaching degree, earning your Bachelor of Education takes four school terms. Depending on the faculty of education you attend, you could start teaching in September of the year following your graduation from Waterloo.
Gain international experience
Take advantage of our Math in Europe program, spend a term at a foreign university through one of our exchanges, or opt for a four-month co-op work term abroad.