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International Teaching Professionals

The English-speaking certificate program International Teaching Professionals (ITP) addresses internationally-oriented early-stage researchers (PhD candidates and Postdocs) who want to improve their teaching skills in academia.

Next call approximatly in May 2020.

Components of the certificate program

You want to gain teaching experience and improve your didactic skills? You are uncertain about the local teaching culture? Your students seem uninterested?

Then join the “International Teaching Professionals” program. The annual certificate program includes:

1.       Didactic training by experts in academic teaching practice (7 workshops in English)
2.       Practical teaching project at the University of Potsdam
3.       Mentoring by an experienced university teacher
4.       Networking: Mutual teaching observations and exchange in the Forum ProTeaching

Testimonial: Dr. Sara Savi, ITP participant 2014-15

"I am glad that such courses are offered, and I will strongly encourage everybody to participate in it. [...] The concepts learned during this course will be very precious for my life [...]."

Testimonial: PhD candidate Camilo Germán Alberto Pérez Chaparro, ITP participant 2016-17

"Thanks to the ITP program I am now capable to create courses and teach at a higher education level."

Why is it worth to participate in the program?

The benefits of your improved teaching skills for your students are obvious – but are there other benefits for you if you participate in the program? Yes indeed!

  • Get to know the German teaching system.
  • Feel comfortable speaking English in front of a group.
  • Gain more self-confidence in your teaching.
  • Learn how to deal even with critical students.
  • Gain new ideas and motivation for teaching.
  • Reduce stress and improve the atmosphere in your lectures.
  • At the end you will receive a certificate to enhance your CV.
  • Reduce your workload by learning about E-Teaching and discussing the concept of your lecture with didactic experts and colleagues.
  • Enjoy interdisciplinary exchange with other ITP participants.
  • Receive constructive feedback on problems with the support of your colleagues, mentors and trainers.
Portrait von Marie Schneider

Kontakt: Marie Schneider

Potsdam Graduate School


4. Etage
Am Kanal 47
14467 Potsdam