Mathematics & Its Applications Specialist (Teaching) (Science Program) - ASSPE1580

The Specialist Mathematics & Its Applications Specialist (Teaching) is directed toward students who are interested in teaching at the elementary or secondary level and who wish to bring a strong Mathematics background to bear in the classroom.

Students in this program have the option to complete the Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP) stream.

This is an open enrolment program. A student who has completed 4.0 credits may enrol in the program.

Students are encouraged to take their introductory analysis, algebra, and programming in their first year of study ( MAT157Y1/​ MAT137Y1, MAT223H1/​ MAT240H1, MAT224H1/​ MAT247H1, CSC108H1).

Arts & Science Internship Program

Students in this program have the option to request enrolment in the Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP) stream. Students can apply for the ASIP stream after Year 1 (Year 2 entry) or after Year 2 (Year 3 entry, starting Fall 2024). Full details about ASIP, including student eligibility, selection and enrolment, are available in the ASIP section of the Arts & Science Academic Calendar. Please note that the majority of students enter ASIP in Fall term of Year 2. Space is more limited for Year 3 entry and students applying for Year 3 entry must have been admitted to the Mathematics & Its Applications Specialist (Teaching) in the Summer after Year 2.

10.5-11.0 credits, including at least 1.0 credit at the 400-level

Fundamentals for Mathematical Applications related to Teaching

1. Calculus, Analysis and Proofs: 2.0 – 2.5 credits from MAT157Y1/​ ( MAT137Y1, MAT246H1), MAT235Y1/​ MAT237Y1/​ MAT257Y1
2. Algebra: 1.0 credit from MAT223H1/​ MAT240H1, MAT224H1/​ MAT247H1
3. Ordinary Differential Equations: MAT244H1/​ MAT267H1
4. Computer Programing: CSC108H1
5. Probability and Statistics: STA257H1

Ethical and Social Responsibility

6. 0.5 credit with a significant emphasis on ethics and social responsibility (list below)

Further Studies in Mathematics related to Teaching

7. Concepts in Elementary Mathematics: MAT329Y1
8. History of Mathematics: 1.0 credit from HPS390H1/​​ MAT390H1, HPS391H1/​​ MAT391H1
9. Intriguing Topics: 1.0 credit from MAT309H1/​ MAT315H1/​ STA302H1/​​ STA347H1

Further Studies in Mathematics:

10. Groups & Symmetries: MAT301H1
11. Complex Variables: MAT334H1
12. Advanced Topics: 1.0 credit further from MAT332H1/​ MAT335H1/​ MAT337H1/​ MAT344H1/​ MAT363H1/​ MAT367H1
13. Further Topics: 1.0 credit of any APM/MAT 400-level courses, MAT401H1/​ MAT402H1 recommended


  • Not all courses listed have priority enrolment for students enrolled in this program. Students are responsible for checking priority of courses and meeting course prerequisites for courses they wish to take.
  • Each course can count toward only one requirement, even if listed as options to multiple requisites of the program.
  • Students may use CR/NCR on the course they use toward the ethics and social responsibility credit.
  • Students in their last year of study with a cGPA of 3.5 or higher may be permitted to take up to 1.5 credits of Math graduate courses. These courses may count toward specialist program requirements, where relevant (e.g., as courses “at the 400-level”). To review eligibility criteria and apply for graduate courses as an undergraduate student, find more information on the A&S Math website.

Courses accepted towards this program’s ethics requirement:
CSC300H1/​ CSE240H1/​ CSE270H1/​ EEB215H1/​ ENV200H1/​ ESS205H1/​ any ETH200+/ FOR201H1/​ HIS268H1/​ HPS200H1/​ HPS202H1/​ INS200H1/​ JPH441H1/​ PHL265H1/​ PHL271H1/​ PHL273H1/​ PHL275H1/​ PHL281H1/​ PHL295H1/​ SDS256H1/​ another suitable course with permission from the Associate Chair, Undergraduate