Interactive Route Map

Interactive Route Map

There are a number of ways to become a Gaelic Teacher.  Follow our Interactive Route Map to find out the best route for you.

Excellent, you are fluent in Gaelic.

You must be fluent in Gaelic to become a Gaelic Teacher. You already have that important skill. Answer the next question to find out more information.

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You must be fluent in Gaelic to become a Gaelic Teacher.

It is great you are interested in Gaelic and thinking about becoming a Gaelic teacher. There are a number of courses available to you to gain the fluency required to teach in Gaelic – some of which combine Gaelic learning and a teaching qualification. Answer the next question to find out more.

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There are a number of opportunities available to you to help you reach the fluency required to teach through the medium of Gaelic as displayed in the route map below.

See the Transferring to Gaelic Education section for more information about these options.

You should be able to apply for Gaelic teaching jobs, visit our jobs section to find out about current vacancies and the Staffroom to find out more about CLPL for Gaelic Teachers.

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You’d like to teach primary. There are a few qualifications you need to have to teach at primary level. Answer the next question to find out more.

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You’d like to teach in Secondary. There are a few qualifications you need to have to teach at Secondary levey. Answer the next question to find out more.

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Excellent. All Primary teachers need to have a National 5, Standard Grade Credit or Intermediate 2 Maths qualification.

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All Primary teachers need to have a National 5, Standard Grade Credit or Intermediate 2 Maths qualification. That is something that you can work towards. Answer the next question to find more about becoming a Gaelic–medium Primary teacher.

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All teachers (primary and secondary) need to have higher English – it is good you already have that qualification. Answer the next question to find more about how to become a Gaelic teacher.

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All teachers (primary and secondary) need to have higher English. That is something that you can work towards. Answer the next question to find more about how to become a Gaelic teacher.

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An MA Degree in Gaelic with Education sounds like the best option for you.

UHI in conjunction with the University of Aberdeen offers a course that allows you to study Gaelic for 2 years and Education for 2 years, leading to a Primary Teaching Qualification.

The University of Edinburgh has a degree that combines the study of Gaelic and Primary Education over 4 years.

Visit our Primary Courses section for more information.

Download our Routes to Teaching leaflet here.

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Doing a degree in Education allows you to study education in detail whilst working towards a Primary teaching qualification.

Should you go to the University of Strathclyde or Aberdeen you will be able to access support and placements in a Gaelic–medium setting.

Visit our Primary Courses section for more information.

Download our Routes to Teaching leaflet here.

If you already have, are working towards or would like to study a degree in Gaelic, once you complete your degree, to become a Gaelic Primary Teacher you should then do a PGDE in Primary Teaching. If you do this in the University of Aberdeen, the University of Strathclyde or at UHI you will be able to access support and placements in a Gaelic–medium setting.

If you have a degree in another subject or are working towards one or wish to study something other than Gaelic in Univeristy, if you are fluent in Gaelic and keep your language skills up, then you are still able to do a PGDE and train to become a Gaelic–medium Primary Teacher.

Visit our Primary Courses section for more information about PGDE courses.

Visit our Gaelic Courses section to find out more about where you can study Gaelic courses.

Download our Routes to Teaching leaflet here.

Doing a degree in Gaelic will help you gain the fluency required to teach through the medium of Gaelic at Primary school. If you study a degree in another subject and wish become fluent in Gaelic, there are various Gaelic courses that you can do.

Visit our Gaelic courses section for more information.

Once you have completed your degree and have gained the fluency required to teach through the medium of Gaelic, to become a Gaelic–medium primary teacher, you should then do a PGDE Primary Course.

Visit our teaching courses for more information.

Download our Routes to Teaching leaflet here.

Doing a degree in Education allows you to study education in detail whilst working towards a Primary teaching qualification.

Should you go to the University of Strathclyde or Aberdeen you will be able to access support and placements in a Gaelic–medium setting. However, it is recommended that you are fluent before you start on such courses. There are other courses that allow you to learn and improve you Gaelic whilst studying Education at the same time.

Visit our Primary Courses section for more information.

Other options for you would be to do a degree that includes Gaelic and then do a PGDE, or do an Education degree and then once fully-qualified undertake Gaelic courses to allow you to transfer to Gaelic Education.

Download our Routes to Teaching leaflet here.

All teachers (primary and secondary) need to have higher English – it is good you already have that qualification. Answer the next question to find more about how to become a Gaelic teacher.

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All teachers (primary and secondary) need to have higher English. That is something that you can work towards. Answer the next question to find more about how to become a Gaelic teacher.

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You would like to teach Gaelic as a subject. That’s great. There are lots of opportunities for Gaelic Secondary Teachers. Answer the following questions to find out how to become one.

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To teach any subject at secondary level, you must have 80 University credits in that subject, therefore you must study your subject as part of your degree. Some Universities (including University of Aberdeen, University of Glasgow University of Edinburgh and UHI) have Gaelic officers or Gaelic Initiatives which could allow you to be involved in Gaelic social activities whilst you gain your degree. Some of those universities also allow you to study more than one subject to degree level which means you could study your subject and Gaelic which could be of advantage to you if you want to teach through the medium of Gaelic. It could also allow you to teach both subjects at secondary level.

After you complete your degree you should then do a PGDE. If you do this at the Universities of Aberdeen or Strathclyde you should be able to access support and placements in Gaelic Education.

Download our Routes to Teaching leaflet here.

To teach any subject at secondary level, you must have 80 University credits in that subject, therefore you must study your subject as part of your degree. Fluency is a must to teach your subject through the medium of Gaelic. Some Universities (including University of Aberdeen, University of Glasgow University of Edinburgh and UHI) have Gaelic officers or Gaelic Initiatives which could allow you to be involved in Gaelic social activities whilst you gain your degree. Some of those universities also allow you to study more than one subject to degree level which means you could study your subject and Gaelic which could be of advantage to you if you want to teach through the medium of Gaelic.

It could also allow you to teach both subjects at secondary level. You could also do Gaelic courses before or after your degree to gain the fluency requires.

Visit our Gaelic courses section for more information.

After you complete your degree you should then do a PGDE. If you do this at the Universities of Aberdeen or Strathclyde you should be able to access support and placements in Gaelic Education.

Download our Routes to Teaching leaflet here.

An MA Degree in Gaelic with Education sounds like the best option for you.

UHI in conjunction with the University of Aberdeen offers a course that allows you to study Gaelic for 2 years which gives you the credits required to teach Gaelic as a secondary subject and Education for 2 years, leading to a Secondary Teaching Qualification.

Download our Routes to Teaching leaflet here.

Answer the next question to find out more information.

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Doing a degree in Gaelic, or a degree that includes 80 credits in Gaelic would allow you to then apply for a PGDE to teach Gaelic as a subject.

The University of Aberdeen and the University of Strathclyde offer PGDEs for Teaching Gaelic Courses.

Visit our Secondary Courses for more information.

You will find more information about Gaelic courses in our Gaelic courses section.

Download our Routes to Teaching leaflet here.

To teach any subject at secondary level, you must have 80 University credits in that subject, therefore you must study your subject as part of your degree. Some Universities (including University of Aberdeen, University of Glasgow University of Edinburgh and UHI) have Gaelic officers or Gaelic Initiatives which could allow you to be involved in Gaelic social activities whilst you gain your degree. Some of those universities also allow you to study more than one subject to degree level which means you could study your subject and Gaelic which could be of advantage to you if you want to teach through the medium of Gaelic. It could also allow you to teach both subjects at secondary level.

After you complete your degree you should then do a PGDE. If you do this at the Universities of Aberdeen or Strathclyde you should be able to access support and placements in Gaelic Education.

Download our Routes to Teaching leaflet here.

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