Graduate School of Education and Sport

Transformative Learning and Teaching programme introduction / Information Session on 1 March 2018

An introduction to this programme including information about the pathways to choose from, career opportunities, and why to choose Edinburgh.

Information Session | Thurs 1 March 2018: 15:30 – 16:30 GMT

Want to find out more about this programme? Join Programme Director Dr Aileen Kennedy and current students at our upcoming information session.

Further information + how to join the session

Programme name Transformative Learning and Teaching
Start month September
Mode of study MSc (Full time)

Dr Aileen Kennedy

This new two-year Masters programme is for graduates who want a teaching qualification designed to make an explicit difference to the lives of children and young people: it will support you in becoming a beginning teacher with a transformative orientation.

The MSc in Transformative Learning and Teaching programme is the first one of its kind in the UK. It will provide an in-depth and integrated learning experience, with time spent in both University and school sites throughout the two years, allowing you to develop your skills as a beginning teacher over a longer period of time than would be the case in a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE Primary and Secondary) programme. You’ll also graduate from this programme with a full masters degree, something that is increasingly seen as desirable for the Scottish teacher workforce as a whole, together with a teaching qualification which will allow you to work across the primary/secondary transition.

Importantly, this programme has been designed and developed in partnership with local authorities. It is future-oriented, drawing on cutting-edge research, and is designed to prepare new teachers for a career in teaching in an ever-changing world, with a particular focus on social justice, sustainability, global perspectives, digital and statistical literacy, and professional inquiry skills.

Pathways to choose from

The programme has a central focus on transformative practice, and, uniquely, will entitle graduates to teach across the primary/secondary transition phase. You will be able to choose from one of the following pathways:

  • Nursery – Secondary 3 pathway
  • Primary 5 – Secondary 6 pathway in a specific subject. Subject pathways offered in the first instance will focus on shortage subjects: Computing Science, English, Mathematics and Physics.

Career opportunities

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.

Eligible graduates will also be 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.

Graduates will also be equipped to enter a range of professions related to school teaching, for example, informal education, education development and education policy.

Why choose Edinburgh?

At Moray House, we help our students to develop the skills and confidence to become transformative teachers who have the potential to change the lives of children and young people for the better.

A future-oriented approach to teaching

We do this by adopting a future-oriented approach to teacher education designed to support teachers to address pressing local and global challenges, including the unacceptable attainment gap between pupils coming from the richest and poorest backgrounds in Scotland.

You’ll learn to understand teaching as a political, cultural, intellectual and moral action, and use this understanding to inform your classroom practice and your relationships with learners and the communities you teach in.


Our capacity to offer a strong, positive and meaningful experience to teacher education students is further enhanced by well-established partnership working with our six neighbouring local authorities. The development and delivery of this programme therefore relies heavily on ongoing dialogue and cooperation between the University, local authority and school staff ensuring that the programme is professionally relevant.

An experience informed by the latest and best research and knowledge

Above all, your experience will be informed by our latest research. The University of Edinburgh was ranked first in Scotland for education research in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) meaning your programme will be informed by cutting-edge research and you’ll learn guided by some of the leading experts in the field.


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