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The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Comhairle Choitcheann Teagaisg na h-Alba

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Scottish Framework for Masters in Education

The Scottish Framework for Masters in Education is an agreed set of principles that are the result of a unique collaboration across the universities who provide teacher education in Scotland. This Framework is designed to enable educators to make informed decisions about accredited Masters provision related to career-long professional learning. The Framework recognises and builds on existing learning opportunities developed through partnerships between universities, schools and local authorities.

The Framework enables educators to:

  • Access information about accredited Masters-level learning opportunities;
  • Identify a range of Masters pathways;
  • Explore learning opportunities which may be accessed through different modes of delivery, for example, campus based, online learning, work-based learning activities, etc;
  • Create a coherent professional learning experience.

The Framework is embedded within the distinctive portfolio of Masters programmes in each university. The Framework includes SCQF Level 11 Common Descriptors to enable portability of learning between institutions.


The Scottish Framework for Masters in Education recognises the common and distinctive provision across universities in Scotland. The Framework is underpinned by the following principles:

  • Progressing a national aspiration that teachers in Scotland engage in Masters-level learning;
  • Ensuring Masters-level learning for educators is accessible;
  • Enhancing access through making explicit the distinctive features of Masters-level learning;
  • Facilitating continuity in Masters-level learning through transfer of credits between universities; and
  • Enabling enhanced co-operation and communication across universities in Scotland providing Masters-level learning for educators throughout their careers.

Engagement in Masters-level learning is intended to support critically-informed practice, responsive to the evolving needs of Scottish society.


The following is a list of partners who provide teacher education in Scotland and have assisted in agreeing the set of principles which make up the Scottish Framework for Masters in Education:

University of Aberdeen - School of Education

University of Dundee, School of Education and Social Work

University of Aberdeen

University of Glasgow - School of Education

University of Highlands and Islands

Open University

University of Stirling

University of Strathclyde

University of West of Scotland