ESE: Internship in Basic Education
By José Andrade (ESTG-IPP)
At the School of Education, the degree in basic education intends to promote a teaching practice in formal and non-formal contexts, in order to enable its students to carry out professional activities in the area of education. With a very comprehensive curricular structure this course allows access to the masters for professional qualification for teaching such as kindergarten teachers or teachers of 1st and 2nd cycle. Inserted in level 6 of the EQF, it confers the degree, however does not grant the qualification for the teaching.
In this cycle of studies the stage corresponds to a curricular unit and is foreseen in the plan, it is approved by the competent entities when the curricular plan of the course is approved. The school in a certain way seeks to make a selection of entities that meet human and material conditions capable of accommodating a trainee. The partnership is signed in written agreement between the school and the host organization, which defines the rights and obligations of both parties. The process of evaluating the traineeship follows from the opinions issued by the team of spa specialists who accompany the trainee at the school together with supervisor by the organization.
This type of internship takes place in the school and in the welcoming organization, where the practical part and work environment takes place. Depending on the internship plan, the practical component aims to enable the trainee to approach a real context of his future profession, to experience teaching practices, to establish the relation between theory and practice, to coexist with the daily complexity of the reality in which he finds himself involved and interacting with the population. This process is accompanied by a team of specialists in various subjects such as mathematics, mother tongue, history and others that monitor and follow the stage. On the other hand and in the organization there is a supervisor who accompanies the student throughout the internship period, also contributing to their evaluation. Passing the internship is critical to the continuation of your academic journey.
With these practices there has been an approximation the schools to the remaining society and particularly to the organizations, the realization of partnerships allows to show the results of the school as trainer and the companies find in the schools a place to recruit their professionals. On the other hand, there is growth on the part of the student as a professional and citizen, entry into the labor market is more cautious and the student presents this psychological reinforcement. Today they are the first gateway into the job market.
As it has been observed in several schools, these periods of training in the work context have contributed to a student’s growth in the most varied levels, complementing the theoretical training and integrating it in a more effective and precocious way in the market of job.