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Internship Educational Studies


NB Language spoken in course is English unless only Dutch-speaking students participate

Admission requirements



Education and schooling are changing rapidly in terms requirements and demands of different stakeholders (state, labour market, teachers, parents and pupils), the pedagogies, didactics, educational technology and substantive knowledge bases used in education, and broader social developments (globalization, ethnic and cultural diversity, performance management, audit culture, changes in the composition of the teacher workforce, demographic developments) impacting the educational system.
Master students in our program have become acquainted with some of these developments through their courses and assignments. The internship program intends to relate the theoretical perspective to practical experience in the areas of teaching and research through active involvement.
The Master program Educational Studies prepares for teaching and research positions in the domain of education. The aim of the internship program is to offer opportunities for practice and preparation for future positions in this field.
The Internship program requires students to undertake both a teaching and a research project activity. In addition it requires students to actively participate in course activities.

The teaching internship is meant to build professional experience in an educational setting. This means that students become active in the design and development as well as the application of solutions for problems encountered in that setting. The research internship should provide the student with the opportunity of designing, executing an reporting research (and/or research-based development) activities carried out either in Educational Studies or in external organizations.

More information is available in the Prospectus Master’s Internship and on Blackboard.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the internship participants will be able to:

  • participate in a professional way in the practice of educational organizations;

  • participate in professional ways in research commissioned by internal or external agents;

  • critically apply and evaluate research-based solution models in educational settings;

  • develop critical and theorized evaluations of educational problems;

  • analyze and report on the suitability and feasibility of solutions for such problems in specific educational contexts;

  • cooperate with professionals in education on educational artifacts or products;

  • systematically describe and explicate the solution offered (both design process and result).

Course objectives

The general objectives of an internship are:

  • Integration of knowledge and skills in research and practice previously acquired in course work, in particular in realistic work situations;

  • the acquisition of further relevant knowledge and skills, and insight into practical situaties in the field of work;

  • intensive acquaintance with a relevant field of research or work;

  • learning to function independently and responsibly in an organization (professional attitudes);

  • gaining insight into one’s own potential and limitations, both with regard to skills and with regard to personal functioning.

Achievement levels

1 Substantive knowledge

1.1 has profound knowledge of the various theories and methodological approaches common within the domain of one of the specialisations offered by the Master’s programme;
1.2 is able to analyse and conceptualise questions and problems in one of the specialisations offered by the Master’s programme;
1.3 has the capacity to identify a theoretical framework suitable for addressing problems and issues relevant for one of the specialisations offered by the Master’s programme;
1.4 has knowledge of models and methods of prevention and intervention relevant for one of the specialisations offered by the Master’s programme;
1.5 is acquainted with the professional field of the Master’s specialisation.

2 Research methods and statistics

2.1 is competent in methodological and technical research skills that are current in Education and Child Studies in general, and in the Master’s specialisation in particular;
2.2 is able to independently design, organise, and conduct research in one of the specialisations of the Masters’ programme;
2.3 is able to critically evaluate aspects of study design and methodology in empirical research.

3 Academic skills

3.1 describing and analysing practical and theoretical issues in human development from both a scientific and an ethical point of view;
3.2 analysing and evaluating scientific literature critically to establish its practical or theoretical relevance;
3.3 formulating a consistent line of reasoning, based on scientific arguments;
3.4 reporting orally and in writing on issues in human development both in an academic and in a professional context.

4 Professional conduct

4.1 connect scientific knowledge and insights to practical issues in human development;
4.2 analyse child-raising and/or educational issues and establish appropriate professional strategies;
4.3 collaborate with others and take responsibility in a professional team;
4.4 independently acquire new knowledge and insights relevant in a professional context;
4.5 reflect on his/her own learning process and substantiate choices.


Mode of instruction

Practice assignments, workshops, lectures, group work.

Assessment method

Both the teaching and the research internship are concluded with a final report. These reports will contain the following components:
1. a description of the (teaching or research) problem explored or task executed during the internship and a critical analysis of educational solution or approach chosen.
2. a reflection on one’s learning experiences during the internship given one’s learning goals, the work situation, work tasks and one’s activities and performance during these activities.

At the end of your internship period, your internship tutor will determine your final grade. This grade is based on (1) the assessment advice of your internship supervisor, (2) the quality of the assignments you handed in and your participation in internship meetings, and (3) the quality of your research internship report and your teaching internship report. All parts should be assessed as at least satisfactory.


During this course Blackboard is used.

Reading list

Depending on the subject of study.


NB The exam of this course is a paper. This means that you do not have to register yourself for this exam in uSis.

Contact information

Co-ordinator: Dr. F.J Glastra, room 4A44
In case of questions please make an appointment by mail.

For general information on internships and advice in the search process, please contact the Internship Bureau