Internship Secondary Education

Whether you’re an informal or a formal educator in science and mathematics, you should always make your target audience the focus of your work. So, in this course you’ll work closely with a specific target audience (secondary school: management, teachers and pupils) and will get to know them through practical experience.

This course aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice: theoretical assumptions are continually applied and tested out in the formal educational setting. Additionally, in a thematic curriculum theory and practice is integrated. Your own experiences at university and in your internship are the focus of your learning and development. By reflecting upon those experiences and upon how you learn, you gradually develop insight in the variety of competencies required for educational design, evaluation of specific teaching programs and/or research in formal education.

During the course you will be in a school environment and will observe lessons in science and mathematics education. On top of this, you will focus on the school organisation, e.g. the pedagogical vision, the teaching atmosphere and/or any specific teaching programs offered by the school.  You will work on a predefined project on half of the school organisation supervised by a teacher. During the course, you will follow classes at university together with peers. Special tasks are targeted at the development of competencies needed as a curriculum developer. 

Organisation of the semester

For this course you are supposed to invest about 20 hrs/week for the entire semester. These 20 hrs are to be spent on participating in educational sessions at the university on Mondays and on activities in the school environment during the rest of the week. On Mondays and Tuesdays, you will follow other courses of the SEC-programme.

Internship placement

All internships are organised by the Graduate School of Teaching. There is limited opportunity to fulfil it at your own school of choice. Please ask the coordinator, Gjalt Prins (, for possibilities.

Contact person

You can contact the coordinator, Gjalt Prins (, for your questions about this internship.