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What is teaching?
Teaching is to impart knowledge or skills onto a student to enable them to develop either mentally or physically. Excellent, enthusiastic teachers are vital to educate and inspire young people.
Why study teaching?
Teaching is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding careers you can pursue - you'll shape the minds of tomorrow! Teaching can be done across the world, and does not restrict you to one country or subject.
PGDE Secondary Education
Find out more about our postgraduate route to becoming a teacher - the PGDE in Secondary Education.
Why study teaching at Strathclyde?
Training to become a teacher at the University of Strathclyde, you'll be learning at an award-winning academic institution - the only to have won Times Higher Education University of the Year twice!
Strathclyde is ranked 4th in the UK for Education (The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020) and 4th for Education (Complete University Guide 2021).
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.
For postgraduate students, the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) is the 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.
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you're guaranteed a job for one year in a Scottish school after you graduate.
It can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but it’s not as hard as it seems. The instructors are supportive and understanding. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Everyone wants to help and support you here!
Access a wealth of support and resources for postgraduate study. Details on the application process, accommodation, fees and other useful information can be found here.Postgraduate support
Everyone on the course was very supportive. The university lecturers are always on hand to offer help for assignments, as well as the odd piece of anecdotal advice for placement. In my experience from placement, the teachers are really supportive and genuinely want to help make you a better teacher.
Robert Gale, Canada
The placements and the reflection that came with doing them, helped me feel more comfortable in the classroom. Although I had, what I remember as a rocky/nervous start, I was able to finish with a wealth of teaching tools and knowledge that helps me to this day.
I am currently working in a large school in Glasgow City Council. I am fortunate to have built a great network of support from teachers both in my placements schools as well as the teachers I shared the PGDE with.
Quinn Thurston, Canada
PGDE Primary Education
One of the biggest draws for me was that I could do my degree in under a year here whereas in Canada a post-graduate degree in education is two years in nearly every university. I didn't want to go back to school for another two years, I felt my career was already underway and so Strathclyde's single year program was the only one that felt right to me.