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Become a Gaelic teacher

As a Gaelic teacher you will be doing so much more than helping your class learn a language. You’ll be opening a door to a rich and vibrant culture that sits at the heart of Scottish history and identity.

Your pupils will learn about the origins of Gaelic, its various dialects, and its modern-day use, and, of course, the Celtic connection with Ireland. You will share with young people the importance of keeping Gaelic alive as well as the literature, music and song that will fire young imaginations. 

A combination of multimedia, textbook and conversation will immerse your class in the power of the Gaelic language. You have the unique responsibility of handing that knowledge on to the next generation.

High School Tutor Giving Uniformed Male Student One To One Tuition At Desk In Classroom
"I had considered a career in teaching for quite some time, from my early years at secondary school. As I grew older, I knew I wanted to be in a career where I could inspire people to achieve their potential, but I also wanted to help young people realise the value and worth of speaking Gàidhlig." Josie Burgess – Gaidhlig teacher at Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu/Glasgow Gaelic School

What being a Gaelic teacher covers:

  • Organising and setting lessons
  • Monitoring the progress of pupils, through coursework and homework
  • Working with pupils to guide their development and share that progress with parents and caregivers
  • Planning, supervising and leading study trips.

Take that next step into Gaelic

It’s a career choice that comes with a good starting salary and great opportunities for progression. To begin your journey, you need to have a four-year combined degree in Secondary Education with a focus on Gaelic.

Four-year university course in education

For the four-year combined degree and other undergraduate degree programmes you must have at least:

  • English and two other National Qualifications at SCQF Level 6 (Higher) and
  • Mathematics and one other subject at SCQF Level 5 (or an accepted alternative, for example, National 5, Credit Standard Grade or Intermediate 2).

Check the entry requirements with the course provider.

Universities you can study in

PGDE university courses

Here are the universities you can study for a PDGE in Gaelic at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider for the most up-to-date information.

Universities you can study in

For further information on teaching Gaelic in Scotland, check out the General Teaching Council’s helpful guide:

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