Teaching Skills - Systematic Development of Teaching Competence

Category Description


«Teaching Skills» is a systematic 7 ECTS program designed for teaching and research assistants and senior assistants at UZH seeking a basic grounding and ongoing training leading to a qualification in teaching in Higher Education. The program is offered by Continuing Education in conjunction with the departments. The departments can stipulate special requirements for participating faculty members. Doctoral candidates may be credited for the Teaching Skills program. The decision on accreditation lies with the degree program in question. The CAS in Higher Education fully approves «Teaching Skills».

The program introduces the fundamentals of research in teaching and learning as the basis for planning and conducting courses. Focusing on the alignment of teaching/learning activities and assessment, participants also experience how to motivate and activate students through student-centered teaching. Sustainable transfer of course content into participants own teaching is fostered and supported through peer observation and portfolio-based reflection.

Aims After the course, participants are able to plan and conduct high quality teaching and to design competence-oriented courses so that teaching and learning activities, assessment and learning goals are systematically aligned.
Target group Academic staff involved in teaching at UZH, esp. doctoral students and post-doctorates
Requirements  Participants should be employees of and involved in teaching at UZH, Master's degree from an accredited university
Final award «Teaching Skills» attestation

Number of participants

For each course the number of participants is limited to 16 persons. Please register early.


Start spring: German

Start fall: English


Please note that this course is held in either German or English. Intermediate-level language skills in the stated course language with regard to understanding, speaking, and reading are required to participate in the program. Contributions and course assessments may be submitted in both German and/or English.

Duration  1 year (8 presence days)

Start fall semester 2022 (German program) Registration open

Module I: 25/26 August 2022 and 14 October 2022

Module II: 26/27 January 2023 and 10 March 2023

Module III: individual

Deadline teaching portfolio: 31 July 2023


Start fall semester 2022 (English program)  Registration open

Module I: 01/02 September 2022 and 21 October 2022

Module II: 02/03 February 2023 and 17 March 2023

Module III: individual

Deadline teaching portfolio: 31 July 2023


Start spring 2023 (German) Registration opens September 2022

Module I: 18./19. January and 09 March 2023

Modul II: 07./08. June and 13 July 2023

Modul III: individual

Deadline teaching portfolio: 31 January 2024

Fee Free of charge


Registration English program (PDF, 596 KB) (Deadline 22 May 2022)

Registration German program (PDF, 484 KB) (Deadline 22 May 2022)

Terms of Participation

With their registration participants agree to attend the entire course. A cancellation after the end of the cancellation period, no-show without indication of unforeseeable or unavoidable reasons or incomplete participation can result in consequences for the participation in other courses (detailed information about the terms of participation).

FAQ Frequently asked questions (German)


Dr. Svenja Kaduk (Course leader English)

Dr. Franziska Jäpel (Course leader German)


Program coordination:
Lisa Gubler

E-Mail: hdinfo@wb.uzh.ch 

Phone.: +41 (0)44 634 29 84