Scientific Continuing Education and Cooperation(ZEWK)

In-Person and Digital Teaching and Learning Certificate Programs

We currently offer three certificate programs for academic teachers:

The three-stage TU Berlin Certificate for Teaching in Higher Education offers you comprehensive qualification in university didactics. Introductory and advanced modules expand your didactic repertoire and faster an individual reflection of your own teaching!

The Digital Teaching Certificate enables you to expand your digital media skills.

Our TiE-BAC Certificate is support visiting scholars and all academics teaching in English at TU Berlin.

TU Berlin Certificate for Teaching in Higher Education

The "Teaching for University's Best” introductory course and the "Promoting Quality in Teaching” (Förderung der Qualität der Lehre) curriculum are accredited by the Accreditation Committee (akko) of the German Association for Educational and Academic Staff Development in Higher Education (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hochschuldidaktik e.V. - dghd) in 2006, 2012, and 2018. The accreditation procedure meets European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ESG), which are equivalent to the requirements of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).

You will receive a certificate of participation if you attend actively in at least 80% of the course and actively participate. Upon request we can also provide a cumulative certificate of participation for courses completed across all program areas. Please provide copies of your individual participation certificates.

The cumulative certificate of participation includes

  • Seminar titles
  • Duration and scope
  • Learning objective of each seminar

We offer two certificates to acquire university didactic qualifications:

  1. Summary certificate (completion of at least 5 modules)
  2. Qualified certificate (introductory course, at least 5 modules plus documentation and reflection)

Program overview

Introductory courseAdvanced coursesDocumentation and Reflection
CompulsoryCompulsory electiveCompulsory
75 work units125 work units67 work units
Teaching for University's Best” introductory courseIndividual choice of 9 basic and 11 advanced learning modules (LM) covering 9 areas of competenceReflection (own teching practice and continuing education, coaching, written documentation): Teaching portfolio or teaching project or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The qualified certificate includes a total of at least 210 full hours (=equivalent at least 267AE) of active attendance time including self-study phases. Module I: 75AE, Module II: 125AE, Module III: 67AE. (AE=working units: 10AE = 8 time hours, 5AE = 4 time hours, 1 AE = 45 min)


Guidelines for the certification program

Contact person

Organization name Scientific Continuing Education and Cooperation(ZEWK)
Office FH 10-1
Building FH
Room FH 1002

Digital Teaching Certificate

Digital teaching is not simply the online equivalent of familiar teaching formats used in a lecture hall or lab.

It is its own field. While it shares the same basic principles from teaching and learning research as traditional teaching, digital teaching has its own possibilities and rules. Many tools and thus possible teaching settings have only arisen in recent years. As a result, teachers' practical knowledge from their own learning experiences is often only useful to a limited extent. Digital teaching is frequently initially associated with technology and its pitfalls. How do you record a good teaching video without professional equipment? How do you make an exciting podcast? How do you conduct an online exam with 1,000 students?

Such technical aspects are important but can be easily learned. Developing a cohesive concept for your course, on the other hand, is more challenging. Perhaps you can provide recordings of experiments to help students prepare for lab? Provide solved exercises for tutorials? Or write a blog together with your students? How do you communicate with students online? How can you promote collaborative working and thinking?

There is no manual for good digital teaching. However, our certificate program is a useful tool. Through courses, advising, and networking meetings, our Online Teaching Team guides you beginning with your initial idea through to implementing your teaching concept.

Program overview

Program content

Kick-Off Foundational courseAdvanced coursesTeaching innovation projectColloquiumTeaching observation
CompulsoryCompulsory electiveCompulsoryCompulsoryCompulsory
10 work units46 work units60 work units2 work units2 work units
In the kick-off course (self-study course), you will learn models, methods and tools that have proven themselves in practice.You choose the advanced courses which best suit your needs and interests so that you gain new insights and can further develop your own teaching concept.You then continue with the (further) development of your own course in the teaching innovation project.The colloqium takes place at regular intervals and serves as a networking and exchange opportunity for the teachers.Teaching observation serves as an opportunity for teachers to reflect on their concrete behavior in courses with the involvement of an external observer.

Upon successful completion of 120 work units, you will receive the Digital Teaching Certificate


Guidelines for the certification program

If you are interested in our program, we recommend the English language certificate (TiE-Bac).


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Doreen Gropmann

Team TU digit | Digital Competences and Media Production
Digital Learning Certificate

TiE-BAC: TEACHING IN ENGLISH Basic and Advanced Courses Certificate

ZEWK has recently introduced its certificate program “TiE BAC: Teaching in English – Basic and Advanced Courses” for international visiting scholars and non-native English academic teachers.

You already teach in English or wish to prepare for future? Would you like to offer the best possible seminar or lecture to your students? Would you like to create a learning environment so your students can actively participate in exercises and ask questions?
In our basic and advanced courses, we provide an introduction to the theoretical and practical didactic aspects of university teaching and learning, with a focus on learning processes, methods and media to activate learners and promote innovation.

Our methods: interactive courses, short lectures, demonstrations, exercises, individual tasks, groupwork, presentations, discussion, sharing experiences, application and transfer to daily teaching practice. Active learning processes and individual teaching practice help you to improve your teaching competences.

You can obtain a certificate of participation for each course you complete and a cumulative certificate for all courses you attended. This certificate program is tailored to the needs of visiting scholars, international researchers and lecturers, non-native English- as well as German-speaking academic teachers.

Program overview

Guidelines for the certification program

Contact person

Organization name Scientific Continuing Education and Cooperation(ZEWK)
Office FH 10-1
Building FH
Room FH 1002