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.

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.


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#1First faculty of mathematics in North America

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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.

We strongly encourage you to participate in the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest and/or the Euclid Mathematics Contest to enhance your admissions status. 

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.

*For September 2020, participating in the Euclid Mathematics Contest is NOT required for admission or for a scholarship. You will not be penalised in any way for not participating in the Euclid this year.

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First-year Mathematics/Teaching courses

You may select advanced-stream courses for algebra, calculus, and computer science if you meet the requirements. 

September to December

  • MATH 135 - Algebra for Honours Mathematics
  • MATH 137 - Calculus 1 for Honours Mathematics
  • PSYCH 101 - Introductory Psychology
  • Choose one of:
    • CS 115 - Introduction to Computer Science
    • CS 135 - Designing Functional Programs
  • One communication skills course

January to April

  • MATH 136 - Linear Algebra 1 for Honours Mathematics
  • MATH 138 - Calculus 2 for Honours Mathematics
  • Choose one of:
    • CS 116 - Introduction to Computer Science 2
    • CS 136 - Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction
  • One communication skills course
  • One elective

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  

CO 380 - Mathematical Discovery and Invention 
PMATH 360 - Geometry
AMATH 343 - Discrete Models in Applied Mathematics
CO 480 - History of Mathematics


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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

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.

Careers with Mathematics/Teaching​​

Graduates pursue careers in teaching math and computer science. They work for school boards across Canada and internationally.

Recent graduates

  • 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.

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