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PhD Graduate School of Archaeology

Teaching & Partial BKO certificate

The Graduate School Archeology no longer offers the opportunity to obtain a full BKO certificate for PhD students. PhD candidates can opt for the partial BKO, especially designed for them, in which only the objective 3 and 4 are assessed: preparing and giving lectures and supervising students.

Obtaining the partial University Teaching Qualification falls under transferable skills (= 20 hours). Teaching itself does not fall under transferable skills. The Teacher Support Desk at the Faculty Archaeology can provide information on the Iclon module, the requirements of the portfolio, as well as practical information on teaching. You are normally expected to:

  • Design and teach minimally 2 large-scale lectures on a bachelor level (>50) and design and teach 1 small-scale workgroup (on bachelor or master level, including the assignment.
  • Follow the ICLON module “Delivery of Education” 
  • Submit a teaching portfolio (format available on the website), that includes:
    • An observation of your teaching by a senior lecturer/ didactical expert
    • Course evaluation(s) by the students
    • English language proficiency of minimally C-1

How does it work?

  • At the start of the PhD trajectory, supervisors and PhDs should discuss whether the PhD would like to qualify for the partial University Teaching Qualification. The agreement on this is recorded in the Training and Supervision Plan. Contract PhD candidates can only teach if the conditions of the grant provider allow this. 
  • Next, the supervisor should notify the director of education, who will assign the PhD to a course. Please note that this teaching might be on topics unrelated to the research. 
  • Please make sure that you will be evaluated by the students (you have to be on the list, check with the education office), since this is an essential part of the portfolio. You also need an assessment of your teaching by the lecturer, based on an observation (forms are available upon request).

If all requirements have been fulfilled, you can send your portfolio to the BKO committee (currently Verpoorte and Mol).

For more information and help with the portfolio: please contact the Teacher Support Desk.

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