OSUN Teaching Development Courses and Certificate

The OSUN-funded Developing Teaching Professionals (DTP) project, led by CEU’s Elkana Center, offers courses on teaching in higher education for doctoral students, faculty, and other colleagues with teaching-related responsibilities at OSUN institutions. Courses may be taken on an individual basis or as part of a comprehensive teaching certificate program.

Certificate Program

Current Courses



OSUN DTP Teaching Certificate

Completing an OSUN DTP Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education is a professional developmental opportunity that comes with several benefits for participating faculty: 

  • Learn from experienced CEU faculty developers and practitioner experts 
  • Receive a certificate recognized across the OSUN network 
  • Become a part of an OSUN community of teachers and exchange best practices in teaching with faculty from institutions across the world. 
  • Become an agent of change and promote teaching excellence at your institution  
  • Develop and grow in your teaching 


The Certificate has four steps and is between 5-8 US credits, depending on your prior experience. It is designed to be completed in two years, on average. Many courses can be taken flexibly (e.g., starting with an elective on a topic of interest or with the core courses). The Certificate is designed as follows: 

Core Courses 

  • Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education (YELC 6101 and 6103). 3 credits. First in a two-part sequence providing a systematic approach to teaching fundamentals, focusing on the design and delivery of lessons/sessions. May be waived upon petition.  
  • Learning by Design(YELC 6105). 2 credits. Second in a two-part sequence providing a systematic approach to teaching fundamentals, focusing on course design and assessments. Participants must previously take Foundations or contact dtp@ceu.edu for exemption 


  • Electives worth 2 credits in total (either two, six-week courses, or one twelve-week course. Electives can be taken at any time. 

Capstone Portfolio 

  • Creating a Faculty Teaching Portfolio (YELC 6207). 1 credit. Most of the components are created during the previous courses and are revised here. At the end of this self-paced course, participants submit a portfolio for review. Other courses must be completed before enrolling in the portfolio course. 

Graphic representation of the Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education.

Current Courses and Registration Deadlines

Each course meets weekly, online, with readings and assignments, and provides US credits. Participants should expect to invest time outside of the weekly meetings. Unless noted, registration is via the OSUN DTP Course application form. 

Introductory Courses

  • Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education (YELC 6101 and 6103), Sept. 19 - Dec. 5, 2023. Tuesdays from 1pm - 3:30 pm CET, 3 credits. First in a two-part sequence providing a systematic approach to teaching fundamentals, focusing on the design and delivery of lessons/sessions. Registration deadline: Sept. 13, 2023 
  • Learning by Design (YELC 6105), Jan. 9 - March 26, 2024. Tuesdays from 1:30pm - 3:10 pm CET, 2 credits. Second in a two-part sequence providing a systematic approach to teaching fundamentals, focusing on course design and assessments. Participants must previously take Foundations or contact dtp@ceu.edu for exemption. Registration deadline: Dec. 10, 2023 

Specialized Courses (Electives) 

  • Game-Based Learning (YELC 6152), Nov. 2 - Dec. 7, 2023. Thursdays from 3:40pm - 5:10 pm CET, 1 credit. Introduces participants to use educational games and gamification principles to enhance student engagement and support student learning. Registration deadline: Sept. 13, 2023 
  • Discipline-Specific Pedagogies & Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (YELC 6251 and 6252), Fall 2023/Winter 2024, 2 credits totalMostly self-paced, guided, independent research on teaching strategies. Restricted to faculty at CEU and OSUN institutions or with instructor consent. Register by Sept. 13, 2023 
  • Quality Assurance in Higher Education (YELC 6302). Tuesdays/Thursdays in November from 2:30-4:30 pm CET, 2 credits. Implementation-focused insight on quality assurance standards and best practices of quality enhancement for academic leaders and administrators.  Sponsored by the OSUN University Administrators' Professional Development program and cross-listed with DTP.
  • Democratic and Inclusive Teaching & Learning(YELC 6158), Jan. 10 - March 27, 2024. Wednesdays from 1:30pm - 3:10 pm CET, 2 credits. Concepts, examples, and classroom-focused strategies for greater inclusion, as well as how education can both model and prepare students for democratic participation.Registration deadline: Dec. 10, 2023 
  • Supervising Undergraduate Research (YELC 6160), Jan. 15 - Feb. 19, 2024. Mondays from 8:50-10:30 am CET, 1 credit. Learn, reflect, and apply effective strategies for undergraduate research supervision. Registration deadline: Dec. 10, 2023 
  • Inquiry-Based Learning: Approaches for Active Learning (YELC 6151), April 8 - May 13, 2024. Mondays from 10:50 am - 12:30 pm CET, 1 credit. Learn how to design and facilitate structured debates, project-based learning, simulations/role playing, and experiential learning. Registration deadline: March 22, 2024. 

Capstone Courses 

  • Creating a Faculty Teaching Portfolio (YELC6207), Spring 2024. Self-paced, guided creation of a teaching portfolio. Register by: March 22, 2024 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

How do I register for OSUN DTP courses and/or the Certificate? 

Please register for individual courses. No registration for the certificate is required; you will automatically receive your full program certificate after completing all certificate requirements.  

Please apply through the OSUN DTP Course application form unless you are a CEU or CIVICA doctoral student or postdoctoral fellow. If you are a CEU doctoral student, please always register via SITS. CIVICA doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows should register via the ESR Course Catalogue Finally, if your course is cross-listed with the OSUN Professional Development Program for University Administrators (e.g., courses on quality assurance or higher education policy), you will be asked to follow the professional development program’s application process. 

During the application process, you will be asked to provide basic information, such as your name and contact information, current role at an OSUN institution, and motivation for taking one or more courses. After the deadline passes, your application will be reviewed, and successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance. Please note that due to high demand, we are unable to accept all eligible applicants. Please make sure you notify the course instructor or dtp@ceu.edu if you have registered for a course but are unable to attend as planned so your spot can be potentially offered to another applicant. 

Please note that by applying for a course, you are expected to attend all courses and to complete course assignments.  

Who is eligible to attend OSUN DTP courses? 

Unless otherwise noted, OSUN DTP courses are open to CEU, CIVICA, and OSUN doctoral students, faculty, and other colleagues with teaching-related responsibilities. 

What is the time commitment of an individual course? 

There are many types of development opportunities. OSUN DTP courses are unlike typical workshops or training sessions. They have the formal structure of university courses. Each course meets weekly, online, includes readings and assignments, and provides US credits. Participants should also plan on investing a few hours a week, outside of the weekly meetings to prepare. At the same time, they are designed for professional adults with full-time university careers who seek practice-oriented insights and techniques they can immediately apply. They extensively feature participants’ exchanging knowledge and good practices with the support of expert facilitators. Finally, they are a chance to build community and connections with fellow OSUN educators. 

How long does it take to complete the OSUN DTP Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education? 

The Certificate is 5-8 US credits in length, depending on experience. That is the equivalent of 10-16 ECTS. It includes both taught courses and the submission of a teaching portfolio, which you compile during the courses. 

The Certificate is designed to be completed in two years, on average. It is possible to complete the Certificate in as little as one year, or as many as three or more years.  

Do I have to start with the Foundations course? 

You may begin the Certificate either with the Foundations course or with electives. Qualified candidates may also petition to begin with Learning by Design. Certificate candidates who skip Foundations generally have a) received other formal teaching training, or b) three or more years teaching experience in higher education. They will also be asked to submit evidence that they have met the outcomes of the Foundations course. Please contact dtp@ceu.edu for additional information. 

Who teaches the courses? 

Most course facilitators come from Central European University (CEU)’s Yehuda Elkana Center for Teaching, Learning, and Higher Education Research, which leads the OSUN Developing Teaching Professionals project. CEU is proud to have two decades of experience in facilitating teaching development opportunities across the region and globe. Since the late 1990s, CEU colleagues have trained over 1500 external faculty and leaders. Originally, its work was primarily in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, transforming teaching practices in post-socialist countries. Over time, what became the Elkana Center has developed a more global reach, while keeping a regional footprint and working extensively with CEU doctoral students and faculty. The center also plays active roles in Erasmus+ projects and in the OSUN and CIVICA alliances. 

Can I obtain a certificate or documentation for just one course, or do I need to take the full certificate program? 

While all participants are encouraged to pursue the full Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education, we recognize that some OSUN colleagues find it useful or necessary (e.g., for annual reviews) to document their participation in individual courses or workshops. For this OSUN DTP awards “mini” certificates after each course. A list of terms follows: 

  • Certificate of Attendance is awarded for participants who fully attend a course or workshop but do not complete assessed work or receive credit 
  • Certificate of Completion is awarded for participants of a course who have completed all necessary work to receive credit. 
  • Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education (OSUN Developing Teaching Professionals) is awarded to participants who have completed a comprehensive program of teaching development courses (5-8 US credits/10-16 ECTS) and submit a portfolio demonstrating their teaching effectiveness. 

Is the Certificate accredited? 

The Certificate is not formally accredited, e.g., by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria), as it is a non-degree program. However, Central European University, whose Yehuda Elkana Center coordinates and teaches the OSUN DTP program, is an institution accredited by both AQ Austria and the Middle States Commission in the United States. Furthermore, the curriculum of the certificate program is informed by relevant international frameworks, e.g., Advance HE’s Professional Standards Framework (PSF 2023) and is increasingly recognized, together with Bard IWT/CLASP’s CLASP fellowship program, as the leading teaching development standard within the OSUN network. 

What will I learn in the Certificate program? 

Participants learn many things throughout the program. Above all, they are encouraged to work with course facilitators to think about how they can use what they are learning to enrich the courses or educational experiences they teach or support. 

Additionally, there are six main learning outcomes for the Certificate program, and candidates who complete the Certificate will be able to demonstrate foundational levels of competence in the following core areas of teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education: 

  • Design - Design and creation of context-appropriate materials to support teaching, learning and assessment  
  • Facilitation – Facilitation of student learning using appropriate methods, approaches and techniques  
  • Assessment – Creation of appropriate methods for assessment and feedback to support student learning 
  • Supervision – Cultivation of approaches and structures to supervise research, mentor, and assist students in their development 
  • Inclusivity - Creation of an effective learning environment that is inclusive, respectful and allows for diversity  
  • Development – Ownership for one’s own development as a scholarly and reflective practitioner and engaged in self-evaluation of the effectiveness of one’s teaching