Teaching qualifications

Utrecht University has a teaching qualification system for university lecturers.

Basic Teaching Qualification

The basic teaching qualification (Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO) is obligatory for university lecturers.  
Lecturers interested in obtaining the qualification will have to display teaching experience, discuss their experiences with a tutor, and compile a teaching portfolio to be submitted to an assessment committee. The portfolio shall contain information and documentation that illustrate the teaching activities and teaching qualities of the lecturer involved. At a minimum, the portfolio shall consist of student evaluations of the lectures delivered.

Senior Teaching Qualification

Lecturers interested in becoming a senior lecturer or senior lecturer/researcher will have to obtain the senior teaching qualification (Senior Kwalificatie Onderwijs, SKO). At senior positions, lecturers not only teach but also manage teaching programmes.
In order to obtain the senior teaching qualification, lecturers will have to have obtained the basic teaching qualification first. In addition to this, they will have to submit their teaching curriculum vitae to the assessment committee. The curriculum vitae shall contain, amongst other things, a description of the various relevant teaching activities and products, a self-assessment, and student evaluations. 

Within the university framework, each individual faculty has its own interpretation of the basic and senior teaching qualifications. This information can be obtained at the relevant Faculty.

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