Religious education in modern Scotland takes a comparative approach, investigating beliefs and moral, philosophical and ethical issues in world religions and secular societies.
Religious Education teacher training options
To teach religious education, you need a degree in religious studies or theology plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). Alternatively, you can study a degree that combines education with religious and philosophical studies.
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Carrie Thomson - Curricular Leader of Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies (RMPS) and Social Subjects at Liberton High School
“I wake up every morning looking forward to going to work. I love teaching RMPS, it’s all about the holistic development of young people and it’s a chance for the students to hear different viewpoints, beliefs and opinions, and to analyse and evaluate them.
"Teaching takes dedication and compassion. Some of the smartest people I know are teachers and they made the decision to do so because they knew they wanted to help young people.
"For me, the thing I want to do most of all is make a difference. I want to be the teacher who makes a change for the young people who are having a difficult time. I want to be the teacher who challenges young people to achieve their potential.
"Seeing a pupil have a ‘light bulb moment’, achieving something that they thought was impossible, or simply seeing that they are excited to see you after the summer break makes teaching so rewarding."