Graduates from this programme are qualified to teach, and eligible for provisional registration from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).
Registration with General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)
On successful completion of this programme, students are recommended to contact the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) for provisional registration.
Full registration is awarded on the completion of one satisfactory year of teaching the subject(s) for which qualification has been gained through this programme.
Eligibility for the Teacher Induction Scheme
Students from Scotland, other parts of the UK (RUK) and other Member States of the European Union, who are studying at a Scottish Higher Education Institution are eligible to join the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS), a guaranteed and paid one-year probationary teaching post, organised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
Participation in this scheme is not compulsory and some may choose to follow the alternative Flexible Route which is less structured and may better suit personal circumstances.
Students from non-EU overseas countries who study on a teacher education programme with us can also follow the Flexible Route to complete their probationary service if they are able to remain in Scotland on completion of their studies.
Preference Waiver Payment Scheme
If you join the General Teaching Council’s Preference Waiver Payment Scheme - which means you agree to work in any Scottish local authority for your induction post - in return, you will receive £8,000 if you are a secondary teacher, or £6,000 if you are a primary teacher. This payment will only be made if you complete your Teacher Induction Scheme year in the local authority to which you were allocated.
The University of Edinburgh's Careers Service supports all current students (and graduates for up to 2 years) to develop their potential and achieve satisfying and rewarding futures. This is done through individual appointments, group sessions and wider campus-based activity, alongside online services and resources. A diverse programme of face-to-face and online events is delivered throughout the academic year.
Career-long professional learning
As you progress through your career in teaching you may apply the Masters-level credits (60 credits) earned on your PGDE towards our MEd Leadership and Learning, a Master’s degree comprising of a suite of Postgraduate Certificates for teachers that enhance your career-long professional learning, enquiry and research. These include an extended work-based project and a course for moving Into Headship, amongst others. Applications for the MEd Leadership and Learning are made through your local authority.