Waterloo Mathematics/Teaching

Math Teaching Kyle

What is Mathematics/Teaching?

Get paid classroom experience that will prepare you for a Bachelor of Education (BEd) program in Canada. You’ll spend at least two work terms (the equivalent of eight months) in the classroom, with additional work terms in the classroom or industry.

Open to all co-op students in the Faculty of Mathematics, you can apply to the program as a major in your second year. Choose a second teachable subject from the arts or sciences to match your passions, whether you’re into physics or prefer to parlez en français. By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to pursue your BEd, and on your way to teach at the intermediate/senior level (grades 7 to 12).

Meet Kyle

Kyle helping a guest at an open house eventExperience a level of hands-on classroom involvement that’s totally unique to our Math/Teaching program. Before you even get in front of a class, you’ll get an introduction to how to teach math, taught by some experienced math teachers, and full of real, practicable advice on lesson planning and test setting.

“My favourite moments of my teaching terms have all been seeing students finally grasp a challenging concept – seeing their sudden realization of ‘Hey, I can do this’ is a reward in itself. The world is increasingly digital and data-driven, and teaching math puts us in a unique position to empower students to navigate an environment that could otherwise be extremely confusing.”

Your first year

All first-year students take a common selection of math courses called core courses. Normally in the fall term, students take:

*Note: For suggested electives and more information please visit our course selection page.

Potential co-op and career opportunities

Potential co-op opportunities
Sample titles Sample employers
  • Student teacher
  • Computer science tutor
  • Teaching assistant
  • Computer science teacher
  • Instructional support assistant
  • Math tutor
  • Teacher intern
  • 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
Potential career opportunities
  • 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
  • Instructional Digital Media Developer, University of Waterloo

Contact Carolyn Sedore for more information.