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Teacher Education

Initial Teacher Education is provided by eight universities across Scotland and there are two routes to becoming a primary or secondary teacher in Scotland; a four-year undergraduate programme or a one-year Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme in either primary or secondary teaching.

The Teach in Scotland website provides information on how to become a teacher.

The report “Initial Teacher Education – Content Analysis” is a quantitative look at the number of hours dedicated to key areas within Initial Teacher Education programmes.

Teacher Induction Scheme

The Teacher Induction Scheme is a national induction programme for newly qualified, Scottish trained teachers and which has gained international acclaim. It guarantees the offer of a one-year teaching post in a Scottish local authority, with teachers being allocated to one of five local authorities of their choosing. Teachers on the programme have a maximum class commitment time equal to 82% to that of a full-time teacher, allowing additional time to be devoted to their professional development. All have access to the services of an experienced teacher as a mentor.

By the end of their one-year induction, teachers should be ready to gain full registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.