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 Practice 1 (PiP1, also called Teaching practice 1), consisting of PIP1a and PIP1b (20 EC in total) and Professional in Practice 2 (PiP2, 10 EC. Also called Teaching practice 2).

On this page you will find information about the practical courses, internship schools and internship placement.

More information can be found in our internship brochure:

University supervisors and internship/workplace supervisors can find information specifically intended for them in the internship brochure.

An overview of our internship conditions can be found in the document below:

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 preferably do an internship in both the lower and upper levels.

At school you will be supervised by an internship supervisor, this is a teacher who teaches the same subject. Your Teaching practice course teacher will visit the school at least once during the course. There are also weekly meetings in Utrecht 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 (full-time) and to attend workgroup meetings at the university at least six half-days spread over four days.
For part-time this is about a day and a half (spread over two/three days).

The Teaching Practice 1 (a and b) course takes twenty full-time weeks (2x10 weeks/one semester) or 40 part-time weeks (2x20 weeks/one school year).

Teaching practice 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 Teaching Practice 2 you will therefore independently teach (a) permanent class(es) at the higher level.

Since you have university tuition 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, it's two half-days spread over a maximum of one and a half days.

The Teaching practice 2 internship lasts approximately twenty weeks for full-time students and approximately forty weeks for part-time students.

The compulsory practical hours associated with the courses Teaching practice 1 and 2 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. It is your own responsibility to make sure your job is suitable. Another possibility is that you start with the internship variant and switch to the job variant after your first internship (Teaching practice 1)

When is it possible to do the job variant of this course?

  • You work in secondary education at a regular school (i.e. not special secondary education or a private school) with a minimum group size of 20 pupils, as a teacher in the school subject in which you want to obtain a qualification;
  • you do at least 125 hours of independent teaching during the entire program, to fixed groups of which at least 60 hours are in upper level secondary education;
  • you have a colleague as supervisor and assessor who can make time for this and has an affinity with supervising;
  • you are available when the teacher training program offers tuition at university (i.e. you can adjust your timetable if necessary);
  • the requirements for a job are a minimum of six teaching hours (of 50 minutes) per week, a maximum appointment of 0.8 FTE for the full-time variant and 0.5 FTE for the part-time variant.

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.

Internship schools

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.

Once you have been admitted to the programme and registered for your Teaching practice course, you will be added to our internship placement tool. In this tool you will be able to fill in your personal details and if necessary, add preferences. Our partner schools have already entered their available internship places in the tool. The internship office of the Graduate School of Teaching will then 'match' students with available internships at partner schools. You will be kept informed of the progress through the tool.

Normally a student who has to complete both the Teaching Practice 1 and Teaching practice 2 internships, completes Teaching practice 2 at a different school than Teaching practice 1. We make an exception for students who are placed at a so-called covenant school (SOOO), or in a special programme which trains students at the schools (MOS).

If you are placed at a SOOO school, you will do Teaching practice 1 and 2 at the same internship school. If you are placed at one of the (currently) three MOS schools, you will do Teaching practice 1 at one MOS school and Teaching practice 2 at one of the other three. Internship supervisors and university teachers work together as a training team that supervises the development and study progress of the students.

When matching an internship and a student, we will take into account as much as possible:

  • your travel distance;
  • your transport options (do you have a car or public transport (student) subscription at your disposal);
  • medical indications and / or personal circumstances (if known);
  • your personal preferences.

Because we depend on the offers of our partner schools, it may happen that supply and demand are not (fully) compatible.

Questions and contact

For other frequently asked questions, please see our FAQ:

Can't find the answer to your question? Please contact the internship office at Els Laroes coordinates internships, the internship office is staffed by Anne Hak and Ingrid Heinsbroek.