The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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Eligibility – Teachers Qualified in an EU/EEA Member State (not UK) or in Switzerland

If you are legally established as a fully qualified teacher in an EU/EEA Member State (not UK) or in Switzerland, you may be entitled to registration with GTC Scotland under the terms of Directive 2005/36/EC.

What are the other EU/EEA Member States?

The other EU/EEA Member States are: Iceland, Finland, Ireland, Denmark, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Portugal, France, Greece, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Lithuania, Malta, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Italy, Liechtenstein, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia.

If you are fully qualified in one of the above countries, or in Switzerland, and meet the eligibility criteria listed below under Important Information, you should complete the application form for Teachers who are fully qualified in an EU/EEA Member State (not UK) or Switzerland.

Important Information

England, Wales and Northern Ireland are all part of the same Member State as Scotland - the UK. Therefore, Directive 2005/36/EC does not apply to teachers who qualified in these countries. If you qualified in England, Wales or Northern Ireland you should instead follow the following advice: 

Eligibility - teachers qualified in UK or Rest of World (not EU, EEA or Switzerland)

You should only submit an application for registration as a teacher who is fully qualified in an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland if you are satisfied that you meet the eligibility criteria set out below. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria set out below you should follow the advice for teachers qualified in UK or Rest of World (not EU, EEA or Switzerland) - even if you completed your initial teacher education in another EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland. This is because Directive 2005/36/EC will not apply to you:

  • You are a national of an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland or have Enforceable Community Rights (see below).
  • You are currently legally established as a fully qualified teacher in an EU/EEA Member State (not UK) or Switzerland (i.e. you are recognised as having the right to practice as a teacher in your Home Member State and are not prohibited from teaching there even on a temporary basis). If teaching is not regulated in your Home Member State, please see below for further information.
  • Your qualification and legal establishment in your Home Member State relate to teaching in a category that is available in Scotland (see Education in Scotland for information about the available areas in which registration is available - Primary Education, Secondary Education and Further Education. Both Secondary Education and Further Education have subject specific registration categories). Please see note below if you are a languages teacher.

Under the terms of Directive 2005/36/EC a teacher is not deemed to be fully qualified if they have not completed any period of post qualification practice that is required in the Member State where he or she has qualified. This means that if there is a probationary or induction requirement for teachers in your Home Member State you will need to have completed this before you apply for GTC Scotland registration as a teacher who is fully qualified in another EU/EEA Member State. If you have not completed this you should look at the information for teachers qualified in the UK and Rest of World.

Do any of these apply to you?

I am recognised in my home member state as a teacher of English Language/English Language and Literature

You will be assessed for registration in (Secondary Education) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Please note that TESCOL is primarily delivered as a subject in Further Education although it is possible that secondary schools in some local authority areas may also employ TESOL teachers. Therefore, before applying for registration, please be aware that employment opportunities will be more limited for teachers who are only eligible for registration in this registration category.

I have been recognised as a fully qualified teacher by an EU/EEA Member State on the basis of a teaching qualification that I obtained outside of the EU/EEA (e.g. you obtained your teaching qualification in the USA but are recognised in Greece as a fully qualified teacher)

You will need to have taught in the Member State that has recognised your qualification for at least three years since the date that your qualification was recognised.

Teaching is not a regulated profession in my Home Member State?

You will need to have obtained a teaching qualification in that Member State and have taught in that Member State or another Member State where teaching is not a regulated profession for two years during the last ten years. However, if your teaching qualification is regulated (i.e. its level and content are set by the Member State) the two year teaching experience requirement will not apply.

I think that I may have Enforceable European Community Rights

If you are not a national of an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland but believe that you may have enforceable community rights (e.g. you are the family member of an EU/EEA or Swiss National who is exercising their right to free movement within the EU/EEA) you should contact us before applying in order to obtain further advice on the documentation that you will need to submit.

In addition to my qualification from the EU/EEA or Switzerland, I also have a teaching qualification from the UK or country outside of the EU/EEA

If you wish this qualification to be assessed for registration you will need to submit a separate application for this qualification - view Teachers Qualified in UK or Rest of World (not EU, EEA or Switzerland) to find out more information. If you submit this application at the same time as your EU/EEA and Switzerland application you will only need to pay one £65 processing fee.

I have a qualification that I obtained in an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland but which doesn't lead to recognition as a fully qualified teacher

If you have completed a teaching qualification which doesn't lead to recognition in the EU/EEA Member State (or Switzerland) as a fully qualified teacher, you should not submit an application for teachers qualified in an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland. You should instead look at the information for teachers qualified in the UK or Rest of World. If you are in any doubt about whether or not your qualification means that you are recognised as a fully qualified teacher in your EU/EEA Member State you should contact the competent authority for teachers there to check before applying.

contacts

If you qualified outside Scotland and wish to discuss any part of the application process, you should contact Registration Services on:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000

E: registration@gtcs.org.uk