University Teaching Qualification (BKO)

The Faculty of Humanities strongly believes in the importance of excellence in teaching by qualified and experienced lecturers and instructors. The Faculty therefore encourages all lecturers to pursue training and acquire qualifications in teaching practice. The first step in this process is the University Teaching Qualification ('Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs' or BKO).

The BKO is evidence of the didactic proficiency of lecturers in academic education. Since January 1ste 2008 the Faculty requires all new lecturers to hold or to be prepared to obtain the BKO certificate. All lecturers currently employed at the Faculty have the possibility to acquire a BKO. The BKO certificate is recognized by all universities in the Netherlands.

BKO procedure

1. Intake: the BKO-procedure begins with an intake interview with the secretary of the Assessment Committee. During the intake interview the BKO candidate will be advised about the steps he or she needs to take to obtain BKO certification.

2. BKO-file: The BKO Assessment Committee evaluates applications for BKO certification on the basis of a BKO file assembled by the staff member. Five elements are important for the evaluation of the BKO portfolios: a self-reflective report, extent of teaching experience, types of courses taught, assessment by an experienced  teaching professional and the degree to which course development and teaching practice is conducted independently.

A typical a BKO portfolio should normally contain:
1. For instructors, lecturers, senior lecturers and professors.
a. A self-reflective report by the candidate about his/her teaching experience, methods and goals.
b. A description of 4 courses, including:
– at least 1 lecture course completely developed by the candidate and primarily taught by the candidate; 
– 2 seminars developed and taught primarily by the candidate;
– BA/MA theses supervised by the candidate
c. Student evaluations for the courses described in (b).
d. Assessment report of a lecture/class session observed by the supervisor or an experienced instructor. The observer submits the report directly to the secretary. 
e. Any relevant certificates regarding teaching.

2. For staff members with an instructor’s job profile of level 4, including teaching assistants and language instructors.
a. A self-reflective report by the candidate about his/her teaching experience, methods and goals.
b. A description of 4 different seminars taught entirely by the candidate.
c. Student evaluations for the courses described in (b).
d. Assessment report of a lecture/class session observed by the supervisor or an experienced instructor. The observer submits the report directly to the secretary
e. A certificate from an ICLON training course on supervising workgroups or a comparable course at another training institute.

The BKO-file should be submitted in PDF-format to the Secretary of the Assessment Committee.
Format BKO-file
Format Observation

3. Evaluation BKO-file: On the basis of the BKO dossier, the Assessment Committee will evaluate the teaching competence of the candidate in relation to the Final Assessment Criteria for the Basic Teaching Qualification at Leiden University. In the event of a positive result, the Assessment Committee will award the BKO certificate.


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Members of the BKO Assessment Committee

Dates meeting BKO Assessment Committee

  • 9 October 2017
  • 11 December 2017

Contact person Faculty of Humanities

The Secretary of the Assessment Committee for the Basic Teaching Qualification is I.G.J. Janssen. You can contact her if you have any questions about the procedure and to discuss any assistance you may need.

Last Modified: 30-06-2017