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The School of Education, within the College of Social Sciences, has deep roots within the educational traditions of the University of Glasgow and the surrounding environment of Scottish Higher Education.  These roots include the heritage of Scottish teacher education, of adult and lifelong learning and of renowned centres for research into educational policy and practice such as the Scottish Centre for Research in Education (SCRE).

In keeping with the identity and ambition of a major international and research-led University, the School of Education has maintained and renewed these indigenous traditions by developing a wealth of fresh opportunities for those who wish to study with scholars of international reputation across a diverse spectrum of educational thought and practice.  Among the key strengths of the School of Education are

  • Adult and Lifelong Learning, with a strong commitment to Community Education and Development
  • Professional Knowledge and Learning at the leading edges of undergraduate and postgraduate Teacher Education
  • Science, Technology and Infomatics
  • Interdisciplinary Learning
  • Higher Education Systems
  • Economics of Education
  • Culture, Creativity, Religion and Education
  • Catholic Education
  • Assessment, Learning and Pedagogy in Education, including Support for Learning and Gifted and Talented Children
  • Early Years and Pre-School Education
  • Social inclusion, global justice, health and wellbeing
  • Educational Leadership and Management in all levels and types of educational institution

Our extensive and continually evolving postgraduate programmes include an innovative on-line doctorate in education as well as Masters degrees, including professionally focused qualifications in Educational Practice, and a number of named pathways in Adult Education, Support for Learning, English Language Teaching and Religion and Education.  The School also supports a wide variety of part-time and full-time PhD students. A particular strength of the School is educational leadership, where we offer a number of programmes including our ground-breaking suite of Masters degrees.  Complementing this is a programme designed particularly for those who wish to become leaders in religiously denominated schools.  We also offer a Masters in Educational Research.

As a research-led School of Education we are constantly re-shaping and developing our teacher education programmes, which include a Bachelor of Education (Primary Education); Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary); Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary); MA in Religious and Philosophical Education; Bachelor of Technological Education and a Bachelor of Education (Music) taught in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. An important responsibility of the School is the preparation of teachers for service in Catholic schools and this is reflected in key components of several of the initial teacher education programmes.

The work of the School is organised around five Research and Teaching Groups (RTGs):

Creativity, Culture and Faith
Professional Learning and Leadership
Social Justice, Place & Lifelong Education
Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy
Interdisciplinary Learning, Education, Technologies and Society

It is also advanced through a number of important research and development centres (Robert Owen Centre for Educational ChangeCRADALL; the PASCAL International Observatory; St Andrews Foundation)

Colleagues across the School offer a wide range of research and professional consultancy as well as Continuing Professional Development.

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