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 2018, 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


3–28 September 2018

Year 2
Teaching Placement 1

Counselling Placement 2

Teaching Placement 2


a 20-day block in Semester One

a 25-day block in Semester Two

a 20-day internship in Semester Two


7 May to 1 June 2018

23 July to 24 August 2018

27 August to 21 September 2018