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Start to Teach for PhD students (Career Perspectives Series)

Taking steps in your professional development as a teacher

As a PhD student, you may be asked to teach (a section of) a course. ‘Start to Teach’ is designed to cover the foundational principles of university teaching through a series of workshops that will support you as you embark on your teaching journey. This course assists you in planning and preparing your teaching activities, gives you the tools to engage and activate students, and shows you some best practices for giving feedback and assessing assignments and exams.

Target group

PhD students with teaching activities


No (educational) experience required


Semester 1 (2024)
Episode 1: Friday 30 August (9.30-12.30)
Episode 2: Friday 13 September (9.30-12.30)
Episode 3: Friday 27 September (9.30-12.30)
Episode 4: Friday 11 October (9.30-12.30)
Episode 5: Friday 25 October (9.30-12.30)

Semester 2 (2025)
Dates will be announced after the summer.

Study load

42 hours (1,5 ECTS); preparation of assignments is required before meeting attendance.

Course fee

550 EUR (as of September 1st, 2024)
The invoice will be sent after the course.

PhD Scholarship students who cannot cover the costs with their PhD training budget can request a reduction in course costs. Please indicate if this applies to you in the registration form and we will contact you with more information.

Number of participants

max. 24


Successful completion of all assignments and 100% attendance will award you a certificate. 

Entry knowledge

For this training you will need:
- Assigned teaching activities during the training programme
- English language skills at a sufficient level to present and to participate in discussions with peers

Contact info

For more information: contact the PhD courses team via esiphdcourses

If there are no spots available or the dates don't fit your calendar, please fill out the form via the link below and we will inform you about new runs of this course.

Learning Objectives

After completing the Start to Teach training, you will be able to:

  1. Create a lesson plan in which the learning activities are aligned with students' learning outcomes;
  2. Explain how you establish a safe learning enviornment for your students during a lesson;
  3. Communication clear instructions that align with students' prior knowledge;
  4. Carry out at least one motivating active learning activity in a lesson;
  5. Check students' understanding of the learning materials during a lesson;
  6. Reflect on how you (could) provide formative and summative feedback to your students;
  7. Set an achievable goal for improvement for a next lesson.

Course conditions

  • 100% attendance is mandatory;
  • If you cancel the course within ten days before the start of the course, we will charge you 50% of the costs. In case of a no-show (without cancellation), we will charge the full amount (100%).
Last modified:16 July 2024 3.13 p.m.