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Mathematics and Science Teaching

Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 30.0
Length: Two years
Campuses: New Westminster
Credential: Graduate Diploma
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Part-time, Partially Online
Offered: Fall
program overview

If you're a working elementary or middle-school teacher, the Graduate Diploma in Mathematics and Science Teaching will help you get comfortable with the new mathematics curriculum, rediscover chemistry, biology, physics and earth science and connect with other teachers in a positive and friendly environment. You will also be eligible for TQS upgrading upon program completion.

The program provides practical, hands-on experience, including experimenting in chemistry labs, examining geological formations with a geologist and observing stars with an astronomer. 

Courses focus on how ideas can be applied to your own classroom. Classes take place in evenings, on weekends and online.


This program is offered once every two years. The next intake is Fall 2020.

Applications are accepted to the start of the semester, but early qualified applicants are guaranteed a seat.

curriculum framework

Year 1 - Foundation and Content

Complete ALL of:

MSTE 5110 - Teaching Biology and Earth Science (5)

MSTE 5120 - Teaching Chemistry and Physics (5)

MSTE 5130 - Teaching Mathematics (5)

Year 2 - Diversification and Application

Complete BOTH of:

MSTE 5220 - Contemporary Issues in Mathematics and Science Teaching (5)

MSTE 5230  Engaging Students in Mathematics and Science (5)

and ONE of:

MSTE 5210 - Mathematics and Science in Popular Culture (5)

MSTE 5320 - Further Topics in Science Teaching (5)

MSTE 5330 - Further Topics in Mathematics Teaching (5)

career transfer pathways
If you are a Category 4 teacher, British Columbia Teacher's Qualification Service (TQS) accepts the Graduate Diploma in Mathematics and Science Teaching as an "integrated" program which makes graduates of the Diploma eligible for a pay scale upgrade from category 4 to 5.

If you are a Category 5 teacher, British Columbia Teacher's Qualification Service (TQS) accepts the Graduate Diploma in Mathematics and Science Teaching as an "integrated" program which makes graduates of the diploma eligible for a pay scale upgrade from category 5 to 5+.;

NOTE: Some districts require approval of a Graduate Diploma Plan before starting your program. Check with your Human Resource department to see if this applies in your district.

admission requirements

To enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Mathematics and Science Teaching, candidates must meet the following prerequisite conditions:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  2. Hold a Professional Teaching certificate from the BC Teachers' Council or be eligible to obtain such certification.

And must submit:

  1. A current curriculum vitae.
  2. One letter of reference, which should speak to the applicant’s ability to undertake advanced work in education. Examples of suitable references include a school or district administrator, district resource person or colleague who has done related post-degree work.
  3. A letter of intent that outlines:
  • long and short-term career goals
  • education background
  • motivations for applying to the Graduate Diploma in Mathematics and Science Teaching Program
  • a description of current and short-term future teaching contexts that demonstrate access to teaching mathematics and/or science to students during the program.
Preferential Admissions
Applicants who meet all admission requirements may be offered early acceptance (i.e., before the application deadline). Applicants who do not meet all the requirements may be admitted to the program if space is available. They should contact the Program Coordinator.
application deadlines
Part Time
  • Fall Deadline: Jul 01
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Is the program for elementary, middle, or secondary teachers?

The program is aimed primarily at elementary and middle school teachers. Secondary teachers’ applications may be considered, however the program is not intended for teachers who have a degree in mathematics or science.

What are the benefits for my career?

Graduates of this program are eligible for Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) upgrading. If you are currently at TQS category 4, you will become eligible for a pay scale upgrade to category 5. If you are currently at TQS category 5, you will become eligible for a pay scale upgrade to category 5+.

Where will classes take place?

Classes take place at the New Westminster Campus, just steps from the New Westminster SkyTrain station.

How much does the program cost?

You will take one course per semester; each course costs approximately $850 (including tuition and student fees). For a more accurate break down of the costs, please see the fee schedule.

How long does the program take to complete?

This is a two-year, six-semester program.

What courses will I take?

The first three courses in the program are aimed at getting you into doing mathematics and science, and looking at how you apply your knowledge of mathematics and science to your classroom teaching. The next two courses get you to look at popular conceptions of mathematics and science, and into the current research in mathematics and science education. The final course is the synthesis of all you have studied, manifested in a practical project of your choosing. For detailed course descriptions and more information, see the Curriculum tab (above).

What is the time commitment?

The program is organized around the schedules of working teachers. Classes take place either one evening per week or every second Saturday. There’s also an online component. On average, you should expect to spend six to eight hours per week on the program, but this will vary somewhat throughout the semester. The program consists of six courses: three per year.

What certification will I earn?

Upon completion of all 30 credits, you’ll graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

How can I contact the Program Coordinator?

Send an email to

noticeupcoming application deadline
  • Part-time Fall deadline:
    Jul 01