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The Math Bursary Program intends to encourage current and future Alberta K to 12 teachers to take a qualifying math course and strengthen their knowledge, skill, and confidence in teaching the subject. This bursary is for teachers already working in the school system and Bachelor of Education students at an Alberta post-secondary institution.

The bursary is a financial award of $1,000 that recipients may use to recover course costs and related expenses for successfully completing a pre-approved bursary-eligible course. Recipients will not have to repay any unspent funding. If the bursary does not cover all course expenses incurred, no additional funds will be awarded for that course.


Bursaries of $1,000 are available to applicants who meet the eligibility criteria. To receive this award, applicants must be either a pre-service education student or an in-service teacher.

You may apply for bursary funding if you have already started a qualifying math course.

Eligible education students must:

  • be enrolled in a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree program including at least 60% of a full course load, with satisfactory academic standing
  • have completed all mathematics courses required to fulfil their B.Ed. requirements
  • identify an additional math course from the list of bursary-eligible courses
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Eligible teachers:

  • must be an Alberta certificated teacher in good standing currently employed in an Alberta K to 12 accredited school

Pre-approval and questions

You must apply online and receive a notice of pre-approval before completing a qualifying math course. Please keep your pre-approval notice as it includes instructions on how to claim your bursary funds. Applicants may apply for up to 2 bursaries. A separate application form must be submitted for each request.

For more information about which math courses qualify for salary purposes or assessments, contact Teacher Qualifications Services at the Alberta Teacher’s Association.

Current Bachelor of Education students should refer to their post-secondary institution’s academic calendar to identify math course requirements for their program. If you are unsure of your program requirements, check with your program advisor.

The math bursary may not be used to fulfil the math requirements of your B.Ed. degree.

If you are an Alberta certificated teacher who no longer has active student status at an Alberta-based teacher preparation institution, you may have to apply to take courses as an Open Studies student. Check with the post-secondary institution you wish to attend to see if courses are open to avoid losing application fees.

How to apply

Alberta Education Account

An Alberta Education Account is required to apply for the math bursary. If you are a certificated teacher who has used the TWINS Teacher Registry Self-Service website, you already have an Alberta Education account. Please login to your existing account.

All other applicants must request a new Alberta Education account.

Step 1. Download the pre-approval form

Download the Math Bursary Application Form Pre-Approval.

PDF form issues

Fillable PDF forms do not open properly on some mobile devices and web browsers. To fill in and save the form:

  1. Save the PDF form to your computer – click or right-click the link and download the form.
  2. Open the PDF form with Adobe Reader. Fill it in and save it.

If you are still having problems opening the form, contact PDF form technical support.

Step 2. Decide which course you want to take

Use the list of qualifying courses to find the course you want to take. You must complete this course within 12 months.

Step 3. Complete and submit the form

Complete the application form and submit it online at the Math Bursary Program online application upload site.

You must also submit copies of all post-secondary transcripts at this time using the online application.

We only accept applications and transcripts through the application upload site. Do not mail or email your application.

After you apply

We will send you an email within 21 business days if you are pre-approved to receive a bursary. This email will contain instructions on what to do after successfully completing your course.

Once you are pre-approved, you must register for the course specified in your application and complete it within 12 months.

If your application was incomplete and you fail to respond or submit required documents, your application will be deleted after 30 days.

After you complete the course

You must complete the course confirmation process within 90 days of successfully completing the course. Detailed instructions for this are included in the email notice of pre-approval.

We will mail your bursary cheque to you within 4 weeks of receiving your confirmation package.

Do not ask post-secondary institutions to send your official transcript directly to Alberta Education. Attach your transcript to your Confirmation of Course Completion Form and mail it to us.

Contact the Math Bursary Program Manager if you lose your math bursary cheque.

Application forms and details

The personal information provided in the application will be used for 3 purposes:

  • to determine your eligibility for the Math Bursary Program
  • to issue a T4A tax form as required by the Canadian Revenue Agency
  • to contact you for program evaluation purposes

As the math bursary is more than $500, you will receive a T4A from Alberta Education. The amount is printed in Box 105 of the T4A and must be declared on your tax return.


You must submit your math bursary application by the following dates:

  • Winter Session 2023 deadline: January 31, 2023
  • Spring Session 2023 deadline: May 31, 2023
  • Summer Session 2023 deadline: August 13,2023
  • Fall Session 2023 deadline: September 30, 2023
  • Winter Session 2024 deadline: January 31, 2024

We do not accept applications for completed courses.

Qualifying courses

We do not guarantee all courses will be offered and open for registration each semester. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check with the post-secondary institution to confirm course delivery details and availability. Only courses included on this list are eligible for bursaries.

Post-Secondary Institution Course Code Course Name
Ambrose University CDPD 400 Strategizing for Numeracy in the Elementary Classroom
Ambrose University CDPD 403 Middle School Numeracy
Burman University EDCI 338 Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary School Mathematics
Burman University EDCI 468 Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary School Mathematics & Science
Burman University MATH 242 How to Build a Thinking Classroom
Faculté St. Jean EDUM 300 Développer des notions mathématiques
Faculté St. Jean EDUM 412 Didactique des mathématiques au niveau élémentaire
Faculté St. Jean EDUM 456 L'enseignement des mathématiques au niveau secondaire
Faculté St. Jean MATHQ 160 Arithmétiques pour enseignants
Concordia University EDUC 522 Mathematics Education for Elementary School
The King's University EDUC 307 Issues and Methods in Elementary Mathematics Teaching
The King's University EDUC 320/420 Curriculum & Instruction in Mathematics and Sciences
The King's University MATH 281/581 Principles of Mathematics for Teaching
The King's University MATH 282/582 Principles of Mathematics for Teaching 2
Mount Royal University EDUC 3108 Teaching Mathematics
Mount Royal University EDUC 3201 Visual Art and Math
Mount Royal University EDUC 3202 Math Through the Ages
St. Mary's University EDCM 703 Intermediate Level, Alberta Curriculum Basics
University of Alberta EDEL 316 Communication Through Math Education
University of Alberta EDEL 415 Issues in Elementary Mathematics Education
University of Alberta EDEL 540 Facilitating Young Children’s Mathematical Understanding
University of Alberta EDEL 516 Contemporary Issues in Elementary Mathematics Education
University of Alberta EDEL 517 Classroom-Based Research in Mathematics Education
University of Alberta EDEL 595 Inquiry into Teaching Math in School
University of Alberta EDES 501 Engaging Aboriginal Perspective in Science & Math
University of Alberta EDES 501 FNMI in Math & Science
University of Alberta EDSE 401 Preparing to Teach Secondary Mathematics
University of Alberta EDSE 401 Science & Math Literacy
University of Alberta EDSE 401/595 Problem Solving in Elementary Science & Math
University of Alberta EDSE 439 Specialized Methods in Secondary School Mathematics Teaching
University of Alberta EDSE 501 Curriculum Leadership in Math Education
University of Alberta EDSE 501 Math for Teaching
University of Alberta EDSE 501 Math Learning Systems
University of Alberta EDSE 501 Math Education for Practicing Teachers
University of Alberta EDSE 539 Issues in Math Education
University of Alberta EDSE 539 Research Issues in the Teaching & Learning of Mathematics
University of Alberta EDSE 540 Exploring Tasks, Curricula, Programs
University of Alberta EDU 545 Culturally Responsive/Regenerative Mathematics
University of Alberta EDU 546 Numeracy Across the Curriculum
University of Alberta EDU 547 Perspectives on Mathematics Learners and Learning
University of Alberta EDU 548 Playful Places of Learning in Mathematics Education
University of Calgary EDUC 427 STEM Education Elementary
University of Calgary EDUC 427.03 STEM Education Secondary
University of Calgary EDUC 460.07 Specialization I (Elementary Math)
University of Calgary EDUC 460.15 Specialization I (Secondary Math)
University of Calgary EDUC 460.22 Specialization I (Elementary, Secondary Math)
University of Calgary EDUC 535.15 Specialization II (Elementary, Secondary Math)
University of Calgary EDER 689.74 Introduction to Mathematics Education Research
University of Calgary EDER 689.28 Elementary Mathematics as an Interpretive Practice
University of Calgary EDER 689.19 Field-Oriented Inquiry: Elementary Mathematics
University of Calgary EDER 689.18 Understanding Mathematical Understanding
University of Calgary EDER 689.82 Learning Mathematics: Current Perspectives
University of Calgary EDER 689.98 Mathematical Knowledge for Teachers
University of Calgary EDER 689.83 Teaching Mathematics
University of Calgary EDER 689.88 Mathematics Learning: Design and Implementation
University of Calgary EDER 689.99 Analytical and Algorithmic Reasoning
University of Calgary EDER 689.52 Data: What it Means and How to Handle It
University of Calgary EDER 689.05 Geometry in Nature, Art, and Computer Graphics
University of Calgary EDER 689.03 Mathematics for Sustainability
University of Calgary MATH 305 Inside Mathematics
University of Lethbridge MATH 2090 Number Systems
University of Lethbridge EDUC 3700 Mathematics for Non-Majors
University of Lethbridge EDUC 3601 Mathematics for Majors
University of Lethbridge EDUC 4990 Independent Study
University of Lethbridge EDUC 4850 Special Topics
University of Lethbridge LBED 2100 Quantitative Reasoning
University of Lethbridge LBED 2200 Puzzles and Problems
University of Lethbridge MATH 2090 Number Systems


Connect with the Math Bursary Program Manager:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2045
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

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2nd Floor, 10044 108 Street
44 Capital Boulevard
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5E6