Certificate in Mathematical Sciences for Education

The Certificate in the Mathematical Sciences for Education (CMSE) is designed for high school and junior high school teachers who wish to improve their mathematical background. It is approved for teaching license upgrading in Nova Scotia by the Minister’s Advisory Committee on Teacher Certification.

The CMSE is for students who have a Bachelor of Education or equivalent. Students must gain approval from the Nova Scotia Department of Education prior to enrolling in the CMSE. Please note that teachers who already have a major or minor in mathematics from their undergraduate studies will not be approved for this program.  

Most classes will take place at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Ivany Campus in Dartmouth. Fall and winter terms courses will primarily be offered one evening per week. The spring term courses are two nights per week, and the summer semester courses are held in the morning throughout July. There are no classes in August.  

Upon successful completion of the CMSE, students will be able to apply for an upgrade to their teaching license.

The Certificate is delivered in a cohort model and students will not be able to deviate from the schedule. As some courses are only offered when requested for the CMSE, missing a course may make it impossible to complete the certificate. All courses must be passed with a minimum grade of C. 

The CMSE is a joint offering by Extended Learning of the Studio for Teaching and Learning, the Mathematics and Computing Science Department in the Faculty of Science, and the Education Department in the Faculty of Arts at Saint Mary’s University.  

Dr. Robert Dawson, Faculty Mathematics and Computing Science is the Academic Coordinator of the Certificate. He is responsible for staffing courses and deals with any academic issues that may arise.  

Janice Teale, Program Administrator, Studio for Teaching and Learning, manages the administration side of the program: liaising with students, tracking students’ course completion, and is the representative of the university for CMSE students.


  1. Bachelor of Education or equivalent
  2. It is strongly recommended that you have High School Pre-Calculus to be successful.

Under special circumstances students may obtain permission to transfer credits from another institution; this will be addressed after acceptance into the CMSE.

No course that has already been used towards a B.Ed., towards entrance into a B.Ed., or towards a previous teacher certification classification can be transferred.  

We are now accepting applications for the next Halifax cohort, starting Spring 2018.

Deadline: March 29, 2018


For more information about the Certificate in the Mathematical Sciences for Education program and to register, please contact: 

Stefani Woods, Director
Educational Development and Technology

Studio for Teaching and Learning
Saint Mary’s University
923 Robie Street, Atrium 213
Halifax, N.S. B3H 3C3
Phone: 902.420.5168

CMSE website: Certificate in Mathematical Sciences for Education