Graduates are qualified to teach and eligible for provisional registration from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Eligible graduates may join the Teacher Induction Scheme, a guaranteed, paid one-year probationary teaching post, or take up a Flexible Route.
The overarching aim of this programme is to educate and prepare teachers who are able to teach to transform the learning and the future outcomes of children and young people in Scotland. To this end, upon successfully completing this programme, you will:
- Have substantive pedagogical breadth and depth of subject knowledge in either a secondary subject or in nursery/primary education, together with the ability to teach across the P5 – S3 transition phase;
- Have specialised knowledge in teaching literacy and numeracy;
- Understand the politically contested notions of social justice and sustainability, and be able to draw on this knowledge in complex professional settings;
- Employ systematic, evidence-based practice in your teaching, demonstrating an ability to inquire creatively into your own and others’ practices in order to impact positively on learners’ development and attainment;
- Be digitally and statistically literate, demonstrating an ability to use these skills to enhance pedagogical practice and communication with pupils, parents, colleagues and other professionals;
- Have the ability to lead on innovative practice in your chosen field, adopting an activist orientation to teaching;
- Be global in outlook, demonstrating critical awareness of international perspectives on education and schooling.
Successful completion of the MSc in Transformative Learning and Teaching will confer professional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), a necessary requirement for teachers in all state schools and most independent schools in Scotland. Professional registration with the GTCS is also recognised as an indicator of high quality in many countries outside of Scotland but you should seek guidance from the education authority in countries outside of the UK to determine whether this MSc will enable you to teach there.
Graduates of this programme will hold a masters degree in transformative learning and teaching, as well as professional registration which will enable them to work across the primary/secondary transition, thereby enhancing their employability both within Scotland and beyond. Graduates will also be equipped to enter a range of professions related to school teaching, for example, informal education, education development and education policy.
Teacher Induction Scheme
Eligible graduates are entitled to a place on the internationally-renowned Scottish Teacher Induction Scheme, providing a paid one-year guaranteed teaching post with reduced class contact time and support from a school mentor. Students from Scotland, other parts of the UK (RUK) and Member States of the European Union, who are studying at a Scottish Higher Education Institution are eligible to join this scheme which is organised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).
Participation in the 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 choose to attend teacher education programmes at Scottish universities can also follow the alternative Flexible Route to complete probationary service if they are able to remain in Scotland on completion of their studies.
Preference Waiver Payment Scheme
Eligible graduates may also join the General Teaching Council for Scotland'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 are 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.