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Senior Teaching Professionals

The one-year Senior Teaching Professionals (STP) certificate program is aimed at postdocs, junior and new professors who wish to strengthen their teaching and examination skills. The program is offered in German language.

The current application period has expired. The next call is expected to be published in November 2019.



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Components of the certificate program

Are you under pressure to make a name for yourself in the research world and at the same time become known for your teaching? Are you preparing for your courses extensively and still don't feel confident? Then the "Senior Teaching Professionals" program is just the thing for you. This one-year certificate program consists of:

  1. University didactic training (6 workshops)
  2. Independent teaching at the University of Potsdam (2 SWS)
  3. Mentoring by experienced university lecturers
  4. Collegial exchange through teaching observations and Forum ProLehre
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“The course content has given me [...] a great deal of internal security in conducting my courses and confidence in my classroom presence.”


“The focus on the learning objectives thus allows me to shape my teaching economically even under time constraints.”

Why participate in the program?

Of course, your students will benefit from your improved teaching. But what are the advantages for you as a teacher?

  • Facilitate course preparation through efficient planning and engaging methods.
  • Gain more confidence in teaching.
  • Work with more motivated students who work and think independently.
  • Achieve a higher level of participation in your courses.
  • Use ideas and impulses from discussions with students for your own research.
  • Learn from colleagues and view your teaching from a different perspective.
  • Apply for an assistant to support your work.
  • After successful completion of the program, you will receive a certificate for your future applications.

The STP program represents the ACADEMIA module "Fit for Teaching." If you want to strengthen your leadership skills in addition to your teaching and examination skills, find out more about the ACADEMIA module "Fit for leadership in chairs and scientific institutions." It qualifies participants for specific tasks as chair and expands their career skills.

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Contact person: Caroline Babbe

Potsdam Graduate School


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Am Kanal 47
14467 Potsdam