The vocationally oriented part of the Master’s program Education and Communication involves two separate Teaching Practice courses of 15 EC each (30 EC total). These Teaching Practices can be completed in two ways: either as an internship or within a job at a school for secondary education (see below). 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
For full information: see the internship brochure (pdf, in Dutch).
Teaching Practice: Internship variant
In this variant, 20 hours (2,5 days) a week are reserved for work at the school. In practice, these hours will be divided over 4 working days. The two internships (Teaching Practice 1&2) are carried out at different schools.
Teaching Practice 1 requires at least 120 (clock) hours work at the school. Within this time a number of 20 lessons or lesson parts is required of (un)supervised teaching. The rest of the time will be filled with observation and analyses.
Teaching Practice 2 requires 100 hours of unsupervised teaching, preferably to one class in grades 7-9 (“onderbouw”) and one in grades 10-12 (“bovenbouw”).
An exception is made for students that already have a second degree teaching qualification (e.g., an Educational Minor) and got an exemption for the first 30 EC of the teacher track. These students are required to give 60 hours of teaching in grades 10-12 (“bovenbouw”).
Teaching Practice: job variant
The Graduate School of Teaching in principle prefers the internship variant, as it usually offers more flexibility to learn and try out different approaches to teaching. However, in the current job market students often 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. A hybrid form would consist of Teaching Practice 1 as an internship, followed by Teaching Practice 2 in a job variant.
The requirements for the job variant:
- The job is in secondary education in the Netherlands in the subject for which you are planning to obtain your qualification.
- The job complies with the number of classes in lower and higher grades (see internship brochure).
- A colleague at your school, with affinity in supervising starting teachers, can be made available for your supervision.
- You are available to follow mandatory university courses on Monday (all day) and Tuesday (15.00-17.00 hrs).
- 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 job or internship variants, since the number of internships required has to be determined early on. This deadline will be given in the confirmation e-mail.
Allotment of internships
The internships are organized and allotted by the Internship Desk of the Graduate School of Teaching. The Internship Desk guarantees the quality of the internships.
Internship posts are usually located in the Central region of the Netherlands (Utrecht province). The Internship Desk strives to take into account as much as possible your preferences in religious or educational identity of the school. However, final allotment of the internships will be decided by the Internship Desk and will take place in the first week of the educational program.
For the job variant you have to find a job yourself.
The supervision of every internship or job will be governed by a Supervision Contract. Details about the school and the school supervisor, the student and the Teaching Practice will thus be recorded. Additional regulations will also be part of the contract, so that all parties share the same expectations. As soon as the Internship has started the student will receive an invitation to complete your details for this contract. The student is responsible for the correct details and appropriate signatures for the contract.
- Internship brochure (pdf, in Dutch)
- Internship Contract (web form, in Dutch)
- Certificate of Good Conduct (“Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag (VOG)”)
Employers within the field of education are likely demand a legal Certificate of Good Conduct. For employees (job variant) this is mandatory. For the Internship variant it may or may not be required, but we support schools when they ask for it. So you may be asked to obtain such a certificate.
Forms for students
Forms for Internship evaluation can be found in Blackboard.
Forms for internship supervisors
- Teaching Practice 1 Mid-Term Evaluation (in Dutch)
- Teaching Practice 1 Final Assessment (in Dutch)
- Teaching Practice 2 Mid-Term Evaluation (in Dutch)
- Teaching Practice 2 Final Assessment (in Dutch)
Questions can be directed to the Internship Desk.