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Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)Teacher education courses

Teacher training at the University of Strathclyde

Do you want to get into teaching? Our teaching degrees have a strong track record and are highly valued by our students. Our graduates are sought after by schools around the world. We trace our history back to 1837, when David Stow founded one of the first teacher education institutions in the UK.

The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) is the graduate entry route to those who want to become a Primary or Secondary teacher in Scotland. The PGDE is an internationally recognised qualification, newly qualified teachers will be able to apply for qualified teacher status (QTS) or equivalent in their home country. 

Why study the PGDE at Strathclyde?

  • our School of Education is ranked 4th in the UK for Education (The Complete University Guide 2021)
  • we’re the largest provider of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland
  • opportunity to achieve 120 Masters-level credits
  • learn through taught classes and 18 weeks of placements in a school in Scotland
  • become qualified to teach in locations worldwide
  • option for Scottish students to join the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS) providing a guaranteed teaching job for a year following qualification, in a Scottish school
  • as a newly qualified teacher, you can receive an additional financial enhancement in the region of £8,000 under the Preference Waiver Scheme