Teaching Practice

 

 

Teaching Practice is a vital component of initial teacher training programmes as it provides an opportunity for the learners to put theory into practice and to self-reflect on teaching and assessment methods employed in the classroom. Furthermore, this module is an integral part of the programme which will also contribute towards partially fulfilling the requirements outlined by the Council for the Teaching Profession (CTP) with respect to applications for a teacher’s warrant.  

 


When and where do Teaching Practices take place?

 

Teaching Practice placements take place in a compulsory education setting during conventional school hours. Participants are expected to remain on the school grounds for the entire school day throughout the whole teaching practice period.

 

Participants employed outside of the educational sector need to make the necessary vacation leave arrangements to ensure that they are available for the whole duration of the teaching practice period.  It is to be noted that although teaching practice placements fall within different academic years, two (2) teaching practice placements might fall within one (1) calendar year. Depending on the programme followed, this could mean a total of fifteen (15) weeks.

 

The IfE is not responsible for any remuneration offered to participants during the teaching practice period. Any applicable remuneration is offered at the discretion of the employer. Course participants are encouraged to enquire with their employer in this regard.


 

How long is a teaching practice on the Bachelor of Education programme?

 

 

Year of Studies

TP Period

Duration of TP period*

1

First Year

February – April

6 weeks

2

Second Year

November – December

6 weeks

3

Third Year

/

/

4

Fourth Year

November – December

6 weeks

*Throughout the duration of the teaching practice, participants are expected to have a 

minimum weekly load of:


·         15 lessons – applicable for a secondary school placement or for peripatetic teachers placed in a primary school setting or,

·         a full load for participants placed within a primary classroom, teaching all the subjects normally taught in a primary school setting

 

 

How long is a teaching practice on the Master of Education programme?

 

 

Year of Studies

TP Period

Duration of TP period*

1

First Year

February – April

8 weeks

2

Second Year

November – December

7 weeks

3

Third Year

/

/

*Throughout the duration of the teaching practice, participants are expected to have a minimum weekly load of:

·         15 lessons – applicable for a secondary school placement or for peripatetic teachers placed ​in a primary school setting or,

·         a full load for participants placed within a primary classroom, teaching all the subjects normally taught in a primary school setting


 

How long is a teaching practice on the Introductory Course for Supply Teachers programme?

 

The Introductory Course for Supply Teachers includes one (1) teaching practice of six (6) weeks generally held between November – December.


 

How long is a teaching practice on the Introduction to Supporting Learners with Individual Educational Needs (Award)?

 

The Award, An Introduction to Supporting Learners with Individual Educational Needs, includes one (1) practicum of six (6) weeks. The practicum for those following the January – June Programme takes place between March and May. The practicum for those following the June – December Programme takes place between November and December.


 

How is the Teaching Practice assessed?

This component is assessed by teaching practice visitors who conduct classroom observations and support your development further through feedback and recommendations on practice. You will also be assessed on a Teaching Practice file, which needs to be kept up-to-date throughout the period.

 

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