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About the program

The Math Bursary Program is a new bursary for pre-service and in-service teachers. The goal of the bursary is to provide funding to encourage eligible current and future Alberta K to 12 teachers to take a qualifying math pedagogy course.

Bursaries in the amount of $1,000 are available to applicants who meet the eligibility criteria. To receive this award, applicants must be:

  • enrolled in a Bachelor of Education degree program with at least 60% of a full course load, with satisfactory academic standing, and must be taking a bursary-eligible qualifying math course that is extra to your B.Ed. program mathematics course requirements (please see More information for details); and
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

OR

  • an Alberta certificated teacher in good standing who is currently employed in an Alberta K to 12 accredited school.

All math bursary applicants must download an application form (PDF, 180 KB) and apply online. If you are eligible, you will receive a notice of pre-approval prior to completing one of the qualifying math courses.

Applicants may qualify for a maximum of two math bursaries ($1,000 each). Separate bursary applications must be submitted with each course selection.

Please note, 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. Please check with the post-secondary institution you wish to attend to see if courses are open to avoid losing application fees.

For further information, please see More information, or email edc.mathbursary@gov.ab.ca.

More information

What is the Math Bursary Program?

The Math Bursary Program is a new bursary offered in 2017/2018 to pre-service and in-service teachers. The bursary provides funding for eligible current and future K to 12 teachers to take a math pedagogy course.

Bursaries in the amount of $1,000 are available to applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and who successfully complete an eligible 3-credit course focused on enhancing teaching practice in mathematics.

What is the purpose of the math bursary program?

The purpose of the bursary is to strengthen teachers' knowledge, skill and confidence in teaching mathematics, by increasing access to mathematics education and professional development for K to 12 teachers (in-service) and teacher education students (pre-service) in Alberta.

How long do I have to successfully complete a pre-approved course?

Applicants who receive pre-approval of a bursary will have up to 12 months from the approval date to complete the course and submit your Confirmation of Course Completion. The deadline will be specified in the notice of pre-approval.

What are the eligibility criteria for a Math Bursary?

To receive this award, you must be:

  • enrolled as a full-time student in a Bachelor of Education degree program with at least 60% of a full course load, with satisfactory academic standing, and must be taking a bursary-eligible qualifying math course that is extra to your B.Ed. program mathematics course requirements; and
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

OR

  • an Alberta certificated teacher in good standing who is currently employed in an Alberta K to 12 accredited school.

You must apply online and receive a notice of pre-approval prior to completing a qualifying math course.

Can I apply for more than one bursary?

Applicants may apply for up to two bursaries. A separate application form must be submitted for each bursary request.

What is the value of the math bursary?

$1,000 per 3-credit course, up to a maximum of two courses. Separate applications must be submitted if you are applying for two bursaries.

When can I apply for a math bursary?

You must apply for math bursaries by the deadline posted for each semester. You must be pre-approved to receive a math bursary award.

For Pre-service teacher education students, submit your application when:

  • You have completed all mathematics courses required to fulfil your Bachelor of Education requirements, and you have identified an additional math pedagogy course you wish to complete from the list of bursary-eligible courses, OR
  • You have registered and are scheduled to complete all mathematics course requirements to fulfil your Bachelor of Education degree requirements, and will concurrently complete a bursary-eligible course.

For In-Service Teachers, submit your application when:

  • You have identified a math pedagogy course you wish to complete. You must choose a course from the list of bursary-eligible courses.

Which math courses qualify for bursary funding?

The math bursary program will provide $1,000 for successful completion of specific courses. The list of eligible math courses can also be found in a drop down menu on the Math Bursary Application Form (PDF, 180 KB).

I am a teacher and want to find out which math courses qualify for salary purposes?

Contact Teacher Qualifications Service at the Alberta Teachers' Association for further information about assessment of courses.

How do I apply for a Math Bursary?

  1. Download an application form (PDF, 180 KB).
  2. From the list of eligible courses, identify the course you intend to complete within the 12-month deadline.
  3. You will be required to login to your existing Alberta Education account, or set up a new one. Complete the application form and submit it online at the Math Bursary online application upload site, together with copies of all post-secondary transcripts.
  4. You will be notified via email, if you have been pre-approved to receive a bursary. A notice will be emailed to you with instructions on the steps to take once you have successfully completed your course.
  5. Register for the course specified in your application and complete the pre-approved eligible course within the 12-month timeframe.
  6. Within 90 days of successfully completing the course, complete the steps included in the instructions provided to you in the email notice of pre-approval, and a bursary cheque will be mailed to you.

When do I receive the Math Bursary payment?

  1. Upon successful completion of the pre-approved course, you must download the Confirmation of Course Completion Form (PDF, 172 KB).
  2. Complete the Confirmation of Course Completion Form and attach an official transcript that includes your final grade in the math bursary-eligible course.
  3. Mail both documents together to:

    Math Bursary Program
    2nd Floor, 10044 108 Street
    Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5E6.

    Documents must be submitted within 90 days after completing the qualifying course.
  4. The bursary payment will be issued within four weeks.

Note: In order to avoid delays in processing, please do not have the post-secondary institution send your official transcript directly to us. Please attach your transcript to your Confirmation of Course Completion Form.

How is the personal information in the application used?

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

  1. determining your eligibility for a math bursary,
  2. to issue a T4A tax form as required by the Canada Revenue Agency, and
  3. to contact you for program evaluation purposes.

Do I have to declare the amount of my math bursary on my income tax?

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.

What do I do if I lose a cheque?

Please contact Math Bursary Program, by email: edc.mathbursary@gov.ab.ca, or by regular mail at:

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

Who do I contact if I have questions regarding the Math Bursary Program?

If you have questions regarding the math bursary program please contact:

Math Bursary Program Manager
Teaching Excellence and Certification
2nd Floor, 10044 108 Street
44 Capital Boulevard
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5E6

Phone: 780-427-2045
E-mail: edc.mathbursary@gov.ab.ca

What are my B.Ed. mathematics course requirements?

Please refer to your institution calendar to identify math course requirements for your B.Ed. program. If you are unsure of your B.Ed. degree requirements, you may check with a program advisor. The Math Bursary may not be used to fulfil the math requirements of your B.Ed. degree.

For example, your program may require you to complete specific math courses and/or a specific number of credits. In order to qualify for a Math Bursary, you must take 3 additional credits in mathematics from the list of eligible math courses.

What does the bursary cover?

The $1000 Math Bursary is a financial award that recipients may use at their discretion to recover course costs and related expenses for successfully completing a pre-approved bursary-eligible course. Recipients will not be asked to repay any unspent funding; and additional funds are not available if the award does not cover all course expenses incurred.

How to apply

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  1. Download an application form (PDF, 180 KB)
  2. From the list of eligible courses, identify the course you intend to complete within the 12-month deadline.
  3. Complete the rest of the downloaded application form and submit it online at the Math Bursary online application upload site, together with copies of all post-secondary transcripts. Applications and transcripts will only be accepted via the application upload site. Do not mail or email in your application. Only electronic applications and transcripts will be accepted.
  4. 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, you already have an Alberta Education account. Please login to your existing account. All other applicants will need to request a new Alberta Education account. To sign up for an account, follow the instructions in the Important Deadlines section below.
  5. Within 21 business days of submitting all required documents, you will be notified via email if you have been pre-approved to receive a bursary. A notice will be emailed to you with detailed instructions on the steps to take once you have successfully completed your course. If after 30 days you fail to submit all required documents, your application will be deleted.
  6. Register for the course specified in your application and complete the bursary-eligible course within the 12-month timeframe.
  7. Within 90 days of successfully completing the course, you must complete the course confirmation process. Detailed instructions are provided to you in the email notice of pre-approval. A bursary cheque will be mailed to you within 4 weeks.

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, you already have an Alberta Education account. Please login to your existing account.

All other applicants will need to request a new Alberta Education account.

Important deadlines

You must submit your application before the following dates:

  • Spring Session 2019 Deadline: May 30, 2019

Applications will not be accepted for completed courses. You must submit your Math Bursary application by the above noted dates. If you have already commenced a qualifying math course and would like to apply for bursary funding, your application will be considered, as long as it is submitted before the above deadlines.

Steps to requesting an Alberta Education Account

  1. Visit the Math Bursary online application upload site.
  2. The Alberta Education Account "Sign In" page will display.
    • If you are a certificated teacher who has used the TWINS Teacher Registry Self-Service, you already have an Alberta Education account. Please login to your existing account.
  3. All other applicants will need to sign up for an Alberta Education account.
    • Enter your email address.
    • If you use a G-Mail or Microsoft email address, follow these steps:
      • Click on "Sign in with Google" or "Sign in with Microsoft".
      • You will be asked to log in to your email using your usual email password.
      • You will then be asked to give permission to Alberta Education to access your basic profile information.
      • Allow Alberta Education access to your basic profile information.
      • You will be automatically signed in using your Google or Microsoft credentials as verification.
    • If you use another email service, follow these steps:
      • Click "I'm new, sign me up!".
      • Click the "I'm not a robot" checkbox. Complete the challenge question (if necessary).
      • Click the "Sign Up" button to complete your request for an Alberta Education account. An email will be sent to your email address for validation purposes.
      • Locate the email and confirm the email address by clicking the link provided on the email. An Alberta Education Account page will display to complete your account setup.
      • Enter a Screen Name of your choosing and enter a password.
      • Click the Finish button - you are signed into your Alberta Education account.

Application forms

Math Bursary Application Form for Pre-Approval (180 KB)

Confirmation of Course Completion Form (172 KB)

List of eligible courses

Alberta Education does not guarantee all courses will be offered and open for registration each semester. It is your responsibility to check with the post-secondary institution to confirm course delivery details and availability.

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 495 Classroom-Based Research in Mathematics Education
University of Alberta EDEL 495/595 Mathematical Understanding of Young Children
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 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 540 Exploring Tasks, Curricula, Programs
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