Internships for teacher-education programs

All teacher-education programs offered by the Sydney School of Education and Social Work feature a lengthy internship as the final Professional Experience placement prior to graduation. The information below has been compiled especially for students enrolled in designations of the undergraduate and graduate-entry programs aimed at producing teachers for primary- and secondary-education settings.

BEd and MTeach (all primary- and secondary-education programs)

Q. When can my preservice teacher begin teaching?
From the first day if they are continuing at the same school as their last placement. Otherwise a week of careful induction will be required.

Q. How many days are they here for?
• 34 days for Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
     • 29 days for Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Bachelor of Education (Sec:HMHE)
     • 45 days for Master of Education (Primary) and Master of Education (Secondary)

Q. How much teaching should they do?
0.5–0.6 of a full teaching load. Independent duty of care.

Q. What should I expect from my intern?
 • sharing of their Professional Experience Profile (pdf, 68kB) at the beginning of their internship
     • consistent punctuality and attendance on all days
     • acting in the role of a teacher with extracurricular responsibilities included in their workload.

Q. What support is there from the University?
There will be one liaison visit from the University mentor. The University mentor will also welcome the opportunity to talk with you.

Q. What happens if things go wrong?
If after orientation to school and class, establishment of co-teaching and progressive uptake of internship responsibilities the intern is unable to assume increasing responsibility for teaching up to 0.6 load, inform your school's Professional Experience coordinator and the school's Director of Professional Experience. This will trigger a rigorous and transparent process that identifies the preservice teacher as being “In need of additional support”, commencing with the Need for additional support notification (pdf, 84kB). You, the Director of Professional Experience and your intern with then meet to plan a course of action to support the intern.

Q. What curriculum methods have these interns studied?
Interns have completed all of their course requirements in their curriculum methods and have successfully completed a final placement in which they met graduate standards.

Q. What school experience have they had?
Bachelor of Education interns have completed 50 days of supervised professional experience up to this point. Master of Teaching interns have completed 40 days.

Q. Who writes the report?
You do. An Evidence Guide (pdf, 241kB) and editable pdf of the Internship Report form (editable pdf, 173kB) are available for download.

Q. How much written feedback am I required to give to my intern?
When establishing co-teaching and progressive uptake of internship responsibilities, the Mentor teacher will be guiding and assessing informally against the AITSL illustrations of practice at graduate level as well as the relevant Internship Report form.

Q. What happens if my intern is sick?
The intern must provide documentation to the University and negotiate with you to make up any days missed due to illness or other misadventure. An editable pdf of a Negotiated make-up day form (pdf, 166kB) is available.

Q. How much support do I need to give with lesson design and preparation?
Interns need to be supported in a mentoring relationship that has more of a co-teaching structure in terms of the shared teaching load and collaborative planning than with preservice teachers. It is expected that principals and mentor teachers will assign duties and responsibilities to interns at a level appropriate for an early career teacher.