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Teacher development

Leiden University considers good education to be of paramount importance. That is why we invest in our teachers’ professional development, to ensure that their teaching methods continue to match the needs of individual students.

Vision on teacher development

To further facilitate and encourage teacher development, we have produced a new vision and model. Read more about the Leiden University vision on teacher development and how we are working on it.

There are several ways to gain teaching qualifications. 


To ensure optimal quality of teaching and research, the University offers a Starter’s Course in Basic Didactic Skills, the University Teaching Qualification (Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO), and the Senior Teaching Qualification (Senior Kwalificatie Onderwijs, SKO).

  • University Teaching Qualification (BKO)

    The BKO is a mark of quality for university lecturers. This qualification is compulsory for all lecturers, university lecturers (UD), senior university lecturers (UHD) and professors employed by Leiden University for a period of one year and in a position representing at least 0.5 fte.

  • Senior Teaching Qualification (SKO)

    This qualification is for academic staff who wish to play a role in developing and modernising education. 


ICLON is the Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching. LLInC is the Leiden Learning & Innovation Centre. Between them, the professionals at ICLON and LLInC can help you with research, education and support of educational processes: 

  • Research

    ICLON does research on education. Research topics for which you can consult the Higher Education department include the interconnectedness of education and research, students’ academic success, online learning, the orientation and transition programme from pre-university to university education, quality assurance and innovative teaching methods.
  • Education

    LLInC has a wide range of training and coaching programmes to help you teach well. 
  • Support education processes

    LLInC also provides educational advice and develops innovative and interactive forms of teaching. Do you need help with creating a written examination or an evaluation? Or would you like advice on how to improve your students’ academic success? Please contact LLInC for support.

Teachers' Academy

Teachers can also further delve into the teaching profession via the Leiden University Teachers’ Academy: a network of twenty Teaching fellows, all researchers with a passion for teaching.

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