Primary teaching Professional Experiences

professional experience primary teaching

Professional Experience (practice teaching) is integral to both of the primary-school teacher-education degrees offered by Sydney School of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney, namely the Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) and the Master of Teaching (Primary). Professional Education placements commence in Year 1 in both instances, culminating in, respectively, a six- and nine-week internship in the final semester of study.

The Office of Professional Experiences in Teacher Education (OPE) builds partnerships with schools that offer Professional Experience placements. One of the major advantages of becoming a placement school is that the Office of Professional Learning (OPL) within Sydney School of Education and Social Work offers free enrolment for teacher-mentors (internship supervisors) in its courses and seminars, which are regarded as a means of strengthening the mentoring of our preservice students. The close relationship between the OPE and OPL is demonstrated by the fact that co-director of Professional Experiences Dr Debra Talbot is director of Professional Learning.


Bachelor of Education

In 2018, the Professional Experience program for students undertaking the BEd (Primary) course comprises:

  Extent of professional experience Dates

Year 2
Professional Experiences 2 (Primary)


a 15-day block during Semester Two


22 October to 9 November 2018
(one pre-prac visit)

Year 3
Professional Experiences 3 (Primary)


a 20-day block during Semester Two


15 October to 9 November 2018
(one pre-prac visit)

Year 4
Professional Experiences 4 (Primary)

 

Final Professional Experience


a 14-day block during Semester One
 

 

a 30-day internship in Semester Two with the same class as for Professional Experiences 4 (Primary)


4 June to 22 June 2018
(one pre-prac visit)

 

15 October to 23 November 2018
(one pre-internship visit)




Master of Teaching

In 2018, the Professional Experience program for students undertaking the two-year MTeach (Primary) degree comprises:

  Extent of professional experience Dates

Year 1
Professional Experiences 1

 
a 20-day block during Semester Two

 
3 September to 28 September 2018

Year 2
Professional Experiences 2

 

Teaching Internship


a 20-day block in Semester One

 

a 45-day internship in Semester Two


7 May to 1 June 2018

 

23 July to 21 September 2018