Basic Teaching Qualification in Higher Education

Module 1 International (in English) – Basic Teaching Qualification in Higher Education is an offer of the Centre for Didactics in Higher Education Saxony (HDS). Focus will be lecture techniques, strategies for English as medium of instruction and the particularities of teaching and learning in an international context. The language of instruction will be English and the offer is an equivalent to the regular Module 1 of the HDS certificate programme. All other content and work units of Module 1 International correspond to the regular Module 1.


Between the online workshops there will be additional online and practical assignments (for example hosting and attending classroom observations).

Target Group

M1 in English addresses both lecturers in higher education who possess prior knowledge of higher education didactics, as well those with no current knowledge of the subject. It is designed for those who

  • ... currently conduct lectures or classes in English, or are planning to use English in future lectures / classes
  • ... have an international background and will be lecturing or conducting classes at a university in Saxony for at least two semesters.

Admission Requirements

  • English proficiency B2 / C1 (CERF)
  • Actively teaching during the winter semester of 2020/21
  • At least one seminar, lecture or practice session held in English


seven online workshops from 13:00 – 15:30 hrs on Mondays applying to the following dates

  • 28.09.2020
  • 12.10.2020
  • 09.11.2020
  • 23.11.2020
  • 07.12.2020
  • 11.01.2021
  • 25.01.2021


Employees of the HDS member institutions are financially supported by their institution, so that they do not have to pay any participation fees in module 1 (if necessary only travel expenses). For lecturers of other institutions or freelance lecturers, the participation fee is 650€. These will be invoiced at the beginning of the module.


The application deadline is 15th of July 2020. Completed application forms should be sent to Following the deadline, applications will be reviewed and successful candidates will be notified. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to accept all applicants, please make sure that you will be available to attend the above sessions before you apply. Confirmation is binding.