The vocationally oriented part of the Science Education and Communication track corresponds with the Teacher Education Track. It involves three separate Teaching Practice courses: the first two internships are 10 EC (Teaching Practice 1A and Teaching Practice 1B), the third internship is 10 EC (Teaching Practice 2). For students who start with Teaching Practice 2 (GSTMS2) the internship is 15 EC.

For full information please see the internship brochure (pdf, in Dutch).

Teaching Practice: Internship variant

Within the Science Education and Communication Track students have to be available 3 parts of the day per week spread over 2 or 3 days for their internship.

The Teaching Practice courses are supported by meetings, both at the university and at the secondary school. These supporting meetings will focus on:

  • addressing concerns from the daily teaching practice (intervision)
  • development and analysis of professional skills
  • acquiring coaching skills
  • study progress

The internships are organized and assigned by the Office of Internships (Stagebureau) of the Graduate School of Teaching.

Teaching Practice: in-service variant

The Graduate School of Teaching prefers the internship variant, as it usually offers more flexibility to learn and try out different approaches to teaching. However, in the current labour market more students enter their teacher education with a paid position as a teacher. This is allowed, provided the job is suitable and can accommodate the requirements for the Teaching Practice, see below.

The requirements for the in-service variant:

  • The job is in regular secondary education (vmbo, havo, vwo) in the Netherlands in the subject for which you are planning to obtain your qualification, with a minimum group size of 20 students.
  • The job contains at least one class and 60 teaching hours in the higher grades.
  • A colleague at your school, who has affinity and experience with supervising starting teachers, can be made available for your supervision.  
  • You are available for an introductory period of one full-time week.
  • You are available to follow mandatory university courses on Monday (all day) and Tuesday (15.00-17.00 hrs) (Please note this only holds for Masterstage 2. For PIP1A/B you only have to be available on Mondays.)
  • The job position must consist of a minimum of 6 (50 min-) lessons a week but should not exceed 0.5 fte.

NB There is a deadline for the choice between the in-service or internship variants, since the number of internships required has to be determined early on. This deadline will be communicated in the confirmation e-mail.

The internships are organized and assigned by the Office of Internships of the Graduate School of Teaching. The Office of Internships ensures the quality of the internships.

Internships are usually located in the Central region of the Netherlands (Utrecht province). The Office of Internships strives to take into account  your preferences in religious and educational identity of the school as much as possible. However, the Office of Internships is dependent on the available internships offered by the schools. Final assignment of the internships will be decided by the Office of Internships and will take place in the first week of the educational programme.

Teaching Practice 1a+1b (GSTPIP1a/GSTPIP1b)

Students can be placed in a so-called SOOO group (Samen Opleiden, Ontwikkelen en Onderzoeken), which is an agreement between six schools for secondary education and the Graduate School of Teaching. The aim of the agreement is to promote the collaboration between the secondary schools and the Graduate School of Teaching. The focus of SOOO groups lies on joint education, school development and conducting research in education.

We prefer to assign as many students as possible from both the minor- and Master’s programmes to these schools. Students in these groups will be informed before the first week of the programme, so there is enough time to plan an introductory meeting at the internship school.

Students who are not assigned to a SOOO school, will be assigned during the first week of the educational programme.

Teaching Practice 2 (starting September 2018)

The internships are organized and assigned by the Office of Internships of the Graduate School of Teaching, in consultation with the subject teaching specialist. Thereafter, students will be informed by email about their internship school. Students are expected to contact the school themselves to plan an introductory meeting. This preferably takes place before the start of the programme, so there will be enough time for preparation.

Students who choose to do the in-service variant of the teaching practice are responsible for finding a suitable job themselves (see above and the internship brochure (pdf, in Dutch).  

For more information about the internships we refer to the internship brochure.

For every internship or job, we create a Supervision Contract that contains details about the school, the school supervisor, the student and the Graduate School of Teaching. The mutual agreements are also part of the contract. The student is responsible for providing the correct details, for ensuring that the contract is signed by all parties involved, and for distributing the contract to the parties involved during the programme.

Employers are allowed (by law) to require a Certificate of Good Conduct. For employees in the field of education (the in-service students) this is mandatory. For an internship the VOG is not required, but if schools do ask for it; we understand and support this requirement.


You can find the following evaluation forms for Internship on Blackboard: Teaching Practice 1A+1B (Professional in de Praktijk 1A+1B), Teaching Practice 2 (Masterstage 2 GSTMS2 or Professional in de Praktijk 2 GSTPIP2)


If you have any questions please contact the Office of Internships, Coordinator for internships is Els Laroes, the support officer is Anne Hak.