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 2017, 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


23 October to 10 November 2017
(one pre-prac visit)

Year 3
Professional Experiences 3 (Primary)


a 20-day block during Semester Two


16 October to 10 November 2017
(one pre-prac visit)

Year 4
Professional Experiences 4 (Primary)

 

Professional Experience Internship


a 14-day block during Semester One
 

 

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


5 June to 23 June 2017
(one pre-prac visit)

 

9 October to 17 November 2017
(one pre-internship visit)




Master of Teaching

In 2017, 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

 
28 August to 22 September 2017

Year 2
Professional Experiences 2

 

Teaching Internship


a 20-day block in Semester One

 

a 45-day internship in Semester Two


8 May to 2 June 2017

 

17 July to 15 September 2017