Internships Teacher Degree
To experience in practice what it is like to be a teacher, you will do an internship at a school or schools for secondary education. Half of the vocational preparation part of the course consists of gaining practical experience.
You do this through two internship courses: Professional in Praktijk 1 (PiP1), consisting of PIP1a and PIP1b (20 EC in total) and Professional in Praktijk 2 (PiP2, 10 EC).
On this page you will find information about the practical courses, internship schools and internship placement.
Through this course you will gain experience with teaching at a school. You will exchange experiences during your classes at the university and learn how to develop yourself and grow as a teacher. The major part of the course takes place at your internship school. You do your internship in the lower class levels.
At school you will be supervised by an internship supervisor, this is a teacher who teaches the same subject as you. Your Teaching Practice course teacher will visit the school at least once during the course. There are also weekly meetings at the university on Mondays, in a fixed group, in which students work on their professional development. The course is completed with a portfolio.
You are expected to be available for your internship for eight half-days on Tuesdays to Fridays a week (in case of full-time) and to be present at school for at least six half-days spread over four days. For part-time students this is about a day and a half (spread over two/three days).
The course takes twenty full-time weeks (2x10 weeks/one semester) or 40 part-time weeks (2x20 weeks/one school year).
Professional in Praktijk 2 (PiP2) is an individual final internship for the first-degree teaching qualification. The aim of this internship is for you to become a qualified first-degree teacher. During PiP2 you will therefore independently teach (a) permanent class(es) at the higher level (Dutch: bovenbouw havo/vwo).
Since you will attend classes at the university on Tuesdays, you are expected to be available for your practice hours at school on Mondays and Wednesdays through Fridays. As a guideline, a full-time student teaches at their internship school for four half days a week, spread over a maximum of three days. For part-time students, it's two half-days spread over a maximum of one and a half days.
The internship lasts approximately twenty weeks for full-time students (2x10 weeks/one semester) and approximately forty weeks for part-time students (2x20 weeks/one school year).
The compulsory practical hours associated with the courses PiP1 and PiP2 can be completed through either an internship or a job. The Graduate School of Teaching has a slight preference for the internship variant, because it gives you a little more space and flexibility to get used to teaching and to try out different strategies. If you choose the internship variant, the internship office of the Graduate School of Teaching will place you at an internship school.
It is of course also possible to choose the job variant. The advantage of the job variant is that you have (or enter into) employment at a school and therefore have an income. If you choose the job variant, you must have a suitable job as a teacher in your school subject at a regular secondary school. When you choose the job variant, finding/having a suitable job is your own responsibility. Another possibility is that you start with the internship variant and switch to the job variant after the first internship (PiP1).
When is it possible to do the job variant of this course?
- You work in secondary education at a regular school in the Netherlands (i.e. not in special secondary education, senior secondary vocational education (mbo), university of applied sciences or a private school) as a teacher in the school subject in which you want to obtain a qualification, and you teach classes with a minimum group size of 20 pupils, whereby the maximum age of the pupils is 18 and the same teaching and pedagogical/didactic methods are used as in regular education.
- During PiP1, you observe a total of 50 teaching hours (1 teaching hour is 50 minutes) and during the entire Master's programme (that is, for PiP1 and PiP2 together) you provide at least 125 hours of lessons independently in one or more fixed classes of which at least 65 are in the lower grades (vmbo-t, havo and/or vwo lower grades) and at least 60 in the first degree area (upper level havo/vwo).
- If you change from the internship to the job variant after the first teaching practice course (PiP1) you provide 60 teaching hours during PiP2 in one or more fixed classes in the upper grades of havo/vwo.
- You have a second- or first-degree (in the case of PiP1) or first-degree (in the case of PiP2) qualified colleague (who teaches the same school subject) as supervisor and assessor who makes time available for this and is trained in supervising teacher trainees. In the case of PiP1, this can be a first or second degree teacher and in the case of PiP2 this must be a first degree teacher.
- You are available for university courses at the times they are being offered.
- During PiP1 full-time (one semester), you are present at school for at least six half-days, and in case of PiP1 part-time (two semesters) three half-days. During PiP2 you are present at school for four half-days a week.
- You have a maximum appointment of 0.5 fte.
There is a deadline for the choice for one of the variants (connected with the recruitment of internships). The exact date can be found in the appendix to your confirmation of admission, which you will receive after admission to the programme.
Full information for students can be found in our internship brochure for teacher trainees:Internship brochure (pdf, in Dutch)
Below you can find an overview of the internship schools where we place students. Our schools are mainly located in the central part of the country (Utrecht and surroundings). We have made agreements with these partner schools, so that the quality of your internships is guaranteed. You are not allowed to find an internship yourself.
In May/June (if you’re going to start with your internship in September) or November (if you’ll start in February you will be added to Stagetool. At this online platform you will be able to fill in your personal details and if necessary, add preferences. The internship office of the Graduate School of Teaching will then 'match' students with available internships at our partner schools. You will be kept informed of the progress through the tool.
Normally a student who has to complete both the PiP1 and PiP2 internships, completes PiP2 at a different school than PiP1. Other agreements have been made with a very few of our partner schools. At these schools you do both your PiP1 and PiP2 internship. You will be informed of this during the placement process.
When matching an internship and a student, we will take into account as much as possible:
- travel distance;
- transport options (do you have a car or public transport (student) subscription at your disposal);
- medical indications and / or personal circumstances (if known);
- personal preferences;
- internship school’s possibilities and preferences.
Because we depend on the offers of our partner schools, it may happen that supply and demand are not (fully) compatible. Unfortunately in some cases it is therefore not possible to grant all the preferences you listed in the tool. We kindly ask for your flexibility towards the internship placement.
Do you have any questions? Please contact the internship office at firstname.lastname@example.org.