Eligibility of teachers qualified outside Scotland

Primary and secondary teachers

Teaching qualifications required

An applicant must have either

  • completed teacher education equivalent to:
    • one academic year of full-time study
    • part-time study of 3 years of less or
  • if academic and teacher education has been undertaken at the same time (e.g. a Bachelor of Education) have completed:
    • full-time study of 3 or more years
    • part-time study of 7 years or less.

Teaching qualifications should

extend to Scottish Credit Qualification Framework (SCQF) Level 9 or above
be comparable to the Scottish Initial Teacher Education qualification
relate to either the primary (3-12) or secondary (12-18) age range
include professional/pedagogic studies
include appropriate subject studies (for Primary Education these need to reflect the full range of the Scottish primary school curriculum)
include school-based teaching experience

Academic qualifications required

An applicant must hold a UK degree or an equivalent academic qualification. An academic qualification will be regarded as equivalent to a UK degree if it either:

  • is recognised as such by the UK National Information Centre (UK ENIC); or
  • includes the equivalent of:
    • 120 credit points at SCQF Level 7 (or above)
    • 120 credit points at SCQF Level 8 (or above) and
    • 120 credit points at SCQF Level 9 (or above)

For registration in Secondary Education, an applicant must have

minimum of 80 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7 (or above) relating to the subject in which their teacher education is held
40 of which must be at SCQF level 8 (or above)
Some secondary education subjects have specific academic requirements find out more

Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework

Find out more about the SCQF on their website.

Applicants who do not meet all the relevant teaching qualification and/or academic requirements may still be considered for Provisional (Conditional) Registration.

There are minimum criteria for Provisional (Conditional) Registration.

Modern foreign languages teachers

Teachers of modern foreign languages in Scotland are required to meet a foreign residency requirement.

Additional Support Needs (ASN) Registration

To apply for registration in Additional Support Needs, you must first be eligible for registration in either the Primary Education category or one of the Secondary Education registration categories and hold an appropriate ASN award. Find out more about ASN registration.

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