A free online resource developed to support the inclusion of autistic learners in Scottish Early Learning and Childcare settings, Primary and Secondary schools.

Further Professional Learning

This section of the Toolbox has collated a range of professional learning opportunities which, where possible are freely available and set with in the Scottish context. Where a cost is incurred the Toolbox are not highlighting the courses in any order of preference or favour. If considering applying for a course which requires funding it is the responsibility of individual practitioners to discuss this with their managers and local authority.

Local Professional Learning Opportunities 

Local education authorities often work with their NHS colleagues and third sector partners to provide a range of Autism Training which can be freely available for their employees and families living in the local authority. 

‘Introduction to Autism and Inclusive Education’.

In Spring 2020 a new online professional learning module will be available on the Education Scotland learning platform within the Open University Open Learn Create website. This module will be set within the Scottish context to support practitioners, establishments and local authorities in Scotland.  Upon completion participants will achieve an Open University digital badge and free statement of participation

Future Learn

Online course ‘Understanding Autism’ - CPD-certified course  Online over 4 weeks -  3 hours each week. 

Open University

Open University – 'Understanding Autism online' - 24hrs. Upon completion participants will achieve an Open University digital badge and free statement of participation.

The Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning and the criteria for the award of 'Professional Recognition' align to the features of SCQF Level 11 enquiry as outlined in the Scottish Framework for Masters in Education.

There are many areas in which registered teachers/lecturers in all sectors can gain Professional Recognition and Autism and or inclusive practice are areas you may wish to consider. 

There are two ways to gain Professional Recognition

  1. Make an individual application for recognition in a particular area of Autism/ Inclusion 
  2. Complete a professional learning programme which has been accredited with Professional Recognition by GTC Scotland. Check with your local authority to see if they are running a programme. 

Further information on Professional Recognition can be found on the GTCS website.

Course name Award level Provider/establish Study mode and duration Website/contact details
Autism MEd Strathclyde University P/T & distance learning 36 months
Collaborative Working: 
Education and Therapy
PG Cert Queen Margaret University

Fully online (distance) or blended learning (online and weekend/evening classroom learning).

2 years.

AAC Assessment   Manchester Metropolitan University Contact university for further information. https://aacmanmet.wordpress.com/