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 Faculty 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 faculty is continually building and sustaining partnerships with schools that offer Professional Experience placements. One of the major advantages of becoming a placement school it that the faculty offers free enrolment for teacher-mentors (internship supervisors) in Professional Learning opportunities organised by the faculty. Such courses and seminars are prioritised by the faculty as ways of strengthening the effectiveness of practising teachers in mentoring our preservice students.


Bachelor of Education

In 2014, the Professional Experience program for students undertaking the BEd (Primary) course comprises:

  Extent of professional experience Dates

Year 1
English, Literacy and Learning


attend one day only on the Friday of the following weeks in Semester One: Week 5, Week 9 and Week 11


4 April 2014
9 May 2014
23 May 2014

Year 2
Professional Experiences 2 (Primary)


a 15-day block during Semester Two


20 October to 7 November 2014
(one pre-prac visit)

Year 3
Professional Experiences 3 (Primary)


a 20-day block during Semester Two


13 October to 7 November 2014
(one pre-prac visit)

Year 4
Professional Experiences 4 (Primary)

Professional Experience Internship


a 14-day block during Semester One

a 34-day internship in Semester Two with the same class as for Professional Experiences 4 (Primary)


2 June to 20 June 2014
(one pre-prac visit)

7 October to 21 November 2014
(one pre-internship visit)




Master of Teaching

In 2015, 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


24 August to 18 September 2015

Year 2
Professional Experiences 2

Teaching Internship


a 20-day block in Semester One

a 45-day internship in Semester Two


4 May to 29 May 2015

13 July to 13 September 2015