The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Initial Teacher Education

The accreditation of programmes leading to the award of GTCS Standards, including Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes at Scottish providers, is a Statutory Function of GTCS.

The materials on this page are designed to assist ITE providers in the development, accreditation and reaccreditation of programmes of ITE.   

These guidelines set out our policy on the content, nature and duration of programmes leading to teaching qualifications (TQs) for the primary and secondary sectors. They supersede those issued by GTCS in June 2013. GTCS ensures that these requirements are met through accrediting all programmes of ITE in Scotland. 
The evaluation criteria in this framework are designed to assist the process of internal review of ITE and external accreditation and approval. The format for the evaluation framework is centred on 'key aspects' to which ITE Institutions are expected to respond.
This Policy Statement lays out the processes related to the evaluation and accreditation of programmes of ITE in Scotland.
This tool aims to help teacher educators and their students to engage with and reflect on Values and Learning for Sustainability. It can be used both by individuals or by colleagues to develop a shared understanding through reflection, discussion and action.

GTCS sets minimum entry requirements for the teacher education programmes in Scotland provided by Teacher Education Institutes that lead to a recognised teaching qualification.

As long as an applicant meets the minimum entry requirements, it is for providers of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) to decide whether to accept or reject an applicant in line with their general admissions policy.

This literature review was commissioned by GTCS to inform the Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland.

The specific aim of this review is to identify the current discourse on minimum entry requirements to initial teacher education (ITE) in a number of jurisdictions including: England, Scotland, Australia, United States, New Zealand, Ireland, and Finland.