A profile can be chosen as part of your study programme to expand the thematic range of your Master's programme.

A profile is a coherent set of courses totaling 30 study points. The courses are on a single theme that is usually not a standard part of your Master's programme. The 30 study points that comprises the profile can be done as part of the total 120 study points of your Master's programme. To incorporate a profile into a Master's programme without compromising the essential content of the programme, master's programmes have a separate set of rules for elective courses when a profile is chosen. These are listed in the programme annex of the Education and Examination Regulations. They apply only when the chosen profile is actually completed successfully by the student, otherwise the standard elective rules apply. Before choosing a profile, you are advised to discuss this with your Programme Coordinator.

Students are free to chose a profile as a part of any Master's programme, but special admissions conditions may apply. Please check the individual profile pages below.

Educational Profile

The Educational Profile (30 EC) can be taken as part your GSNS master’s  programme. If you are passionate about sharing your knowledge, and you would consider a career as a teacher in secondary education, this profile might be right for you.

If you have already completed an ‘educational minor’, or if you obtained a second degree (i.e., a limited teacher degree allowing you to teach until 9th grade) in teaching elsewhere, your educational profile will lead to a first degree teacher certificate. This allows you to teach secondary and higher education (excluding university level, of course). The Educational Profile will comprise of the following courses:

  • Teaching Practice 2 (15 EC, GSTMS2)
  • Teaching Methodology 2 (3.75 EC, GSTALGD2)
  • Subject Teaching Methodology 2 – [subject] (3.75 EC, GSTVD2IN/GSTVD2NK/GSTVD2SK/GSTVD2WK)
  • Introduction Educational Research (3.75 EC, GSTPGO1)
  • Practice Based Research (3.75 EC, GSTPGO2)                             

If you are new to teacher education, you will join the first semester of the teacher training programme. After your master’s, you will be eligible to complete your first degree teacher programme in only half a year. Your master’s profile will comprise of the following courses:

  • Teaching Practice 1 (15 EC, GSTMS1)
  • Teaching Methodology 1 (3.75 EC, GSTALGD1)
  • Subject Teaching Methodology 1 – [subject] (3.75 EC, GSTVD2IN/GSTVD2NK/GSTVD2SK/GSTVD2WK)
  • Introduction Educational Research (3.75 EC, GSTPGO1)
  • Elective specialization course (3.75 EC, GST electives)

For a (limited) second degree teacher qualification for lower secondary education (vmbo-t and the lower grades in havo and vwo) qualification it is required to extend the Teaching practice course (GSTMS1) until an amount of 18.75 EC instead of an elective course. This will only be possible if your Bachelor’s programme matches with the Bachelor’s programmes registered in the “Verwantschapstabel”.

A major feature of the profile is the emphasis on practitioner skills and school-based activities. Throughout the programme, learning theories and teaching methods will be taught closely linked to your day to day work in the classroom. This programme is tailored to meet the professional development needs of teachers in the early stages of their careers.  

The total number of EC of each master's programme will NOT be increased by completing the Master's Educational Profile.


The educational profile starts twice a year (September or February). By default, the profile will be completed in a single semester of full time study.

Admission and Enrolment, deadlines and procedure

In order to get admitted to this profile, you will have completed a substantial part of your current programme. Moreover, there are specific requirements upon the match between your disciplinary background and the school subject you would like to teach (physics, mathematics, chemistry or computer science). Please, check the specific requirements for your school subject here.

In order to apply for this profile, please fill out this web form, and upload all requested documents. Please register before June 1 (start in August[1]), or October 15 (start in February). Late applications will be considered, but placement cannot be guaranteed.

Once your disciplinary background has been found to be in accordance with the requirements, you will be invited for the matching activities to assess your eligibility.

Non-Dutch students

The educational profile is primarily targeted towards teaching in the Dutch school system and, by default, the courses and the internships are in Dutch. However, there will be limited placement opportunities in bilingual or international schools. If you would be interested, please send an email to mastertoelating.gst@uu.nl  to inquire about your eligibility.


For this programme you may qualify for a contribution of €5000 towards your tuition. Visit www.wordleraarinhetvo.nl or the website of DUO (both in Dutch) for more information and the conditions that must be met.

Further information

For questions about the contents of the programme, prospects after the programme etc., contact this study advisor: studieadviseur.gst@uu.nl
For questions about your eligibility and about the admissions procedure, contact the admissions office at: mastertoelating.gst@uu.nl

The coördinator for this profile is Manon Thijssen.

For questions about your planning please contact your programme coordinator.

[1] Please note that the profile starts one or two weeks before the start of the academic year to align with the start of the secondary schools. Full participation in this first week is a requirement for further participation in the profile.