The vocationally oriented part of the Science Education and Communication track corresponds with the Teacher Education Track. It involves three separate internships: Teaching Practice 1a and Teaching Practice 1b (GSTPIP1A/B, 20 EC upon completion); the third internship is Teaching Practice 2 (GSTPIP2, 10 EC upon completion).

For students who started with Teaching Practice 2 from the ‘old’ programme (GSTMS2), the internship is 15 EC upon completion.

For full information please see the internship brochure (pdf, in Dutch).

Internship variant

Within the Science Education and Communication – Teacher Education Track, students have to be available three parts of the day per week for their internship. You are expected to be available during these parts of the day. The internships are organized and assigned by the Office of Internships (Stagebureau) of the Graduate School of Teaching (unless you choose the in-service variant, 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 intervision, daily teaching practice and study progress.

In-service variant

The Graduate School of Teaching prefers the internship variant. However, in the current labour market more students enter their teacher education with a paid position as a teacher. This is allowed, provided the job accommodates the requirements. If so, you can start with the in-service variant. Another possibility is to start in the internship variant and switch to the job variant after your first internship (Teaching Practice 1a/b).  

The requirements for the in-service variant:

  • The job is in regular secondary education (vmbo-t, havo, vwo) in the Netherlands in the subject for which you are planning to obtain your qualification, with a minimum group size of 20 students. (Note that a job at a private school and/or a school for special education does not meet all our criteria.)
  • The job contains at least 120 teaching hours to fixed classes, including 60 teaching hours in the higher grades.
  • A colleague at your school, who has affinity and experience with supervising starting teachers, can be made available for your supervision. 
  • You are available to follow mandatory university courses (if necessary, you can adjust your teaching schedule).
  • 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 in-service or internship variants, since the number of internships required has to be determined early on. This deadline will be communicated in the confirmation e-mail.

Please contact the Stagebureau/Office of Internships ( if you do have a teacher position, to verify if the job meets all requirements.

The internships are organized and assigned by the Office of Internships of the Graduate School of Teaching. Internships are usually located in the Central region of the Netherlands.

The Office of Internships strives to take your preferences into account as much as possible. However, the Office of Internships is dependent on the available internships offered by the schools in their network.

Teaching Practice 1a+1b

Students can be placed in a so-called SOOO group (Samen Opleiden, Ontwikkelen en Onderzoeken), which is an agreement between several schools for secondary education and the Graduate School of Teaching. The aim of the agreement is to promote the collaboration between the secondary schools and the Graduate School of Teaching. The focus of SOOO groups lies on joint education, school development and conducting research in education.

We prefer to assign as many students as possible to these schools. Students in these groups will usually be informed in the summer or before Christmas where they are assigned, so there is enough time to plan an introductory meeting at the internship school. Due to the fact that the number of available internships varies per school subject, it occasionally happens that a student’s assignment is only confirmed at a later stage.

Teaching Practice 2

The PiP2 internships are organized and assigned by the Office of Internships of the Graduate School of Teaching, in consultation with the subject teaching specialist. Thereafter, students will be informed by email about their internship school. Students are expected to contact the school themselves (adding a motivational letter and a resume) to plan an introductory meeting. Admission to the internship partly depends on this meeting.

The Office of Internships strives to complete the assignment well before the start of PiP2, to allow enough time for preparation.

Students who choose to do the in-service variant of the teaching practice are responsible for finding a suitable job themselves (see above and the internship brochure (pdf, in Dutch).  

For more information about the internships we also refer to the internship brochure.

For every internship or job, we create a Supervision Contract that contains details about the school, the school supervisor, the student and the Graduate School of Teaching. The mutual agreements are also part of the contract. The student is responsible for providing the correct details and ensuring that the contract is signed by all parties involved. You will receive the contract through the Internship Office.

Employers are allowed (by law) to require a Certificate of Good Conduct. For employees in the field of education (the in-service students) this is mandatory. For an internship the VOG is not required, but if schools do ask for it; we understand and support this requirement.


You can find the following evaluation forms for the Internship on Blackboard: Teaching Practice 1a+1b (Professional in de Praktijk 1a+1b) and Teaching Practice 2 (Professional in de Praktijk 2).


If you have any questions please contact the Office of Internships, Coordinator for internships is Els Laroes, the support officers are Anne Hak and Ingrid Heinsbroek.