School Counselling Professional Experiences

professional experience school counselling

Professional Experience in teaching as well as counselling is integral to the two-year graduate-entry Master of Teaching (School Counselling). The first counselling placement occurs in Semester Two of Year 1. Placements for both teaching and counselling are scheduled during Year 2.

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.


Master of Teaching

In 2017, the Professional Experience program for students undertaking the two-year MTeach (School Counselling) degree comprises:

  Extent of professional experience Dates

Year 1
Counselling Placement 1


a 20-day block during Semester Two


28 August to 22 September 2017

Year 2
Teaching Placement 1

Counselling Placement 2

Teaching Placement 2


a 20-day block in Semester One

a 20-day block in Semester Two

a 25-day internship in Semester Two


8 May to 2 June 2017

17 July to 11 August 2017

14 August to 15 September 2017