University Teaching Qualification (UTQ track)

University Teaching Qualification (UTQ)
In order to improve the quality of university education and professional development of their teaching staff, FHML has recognised the - nationally mandatory - University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) and supports teachers in the (further) development of their teaching competences by offering a UTQ programme. Completion of the UTQ programme is mandatory for all teachers with a B and C role at FHML and is recommended for teachers with an A-role, researchers and PhD candidates.

The UTQ can be attained in various ways, depending on the extent to which the UTQ competencies and underlying skills have already been developed and demonstrated. There are three ways to attain a UTQ, of which the UTQ programme is the most common choice.

1. UTQ programme
2. PAC-trajectory
3. UTQ exemption

1. The UTQ programme
The UTQ programme runs for five months, during which you are supported in the development of your teaching skills during five compulsory meetings. Between the meetings you will apply the newly acquired knowledge and skills in your own educational practice and workplace. You will report your findings in your portfolio and add reflections on and evidences of your competence development to your portfolio. The UTQ programme ends with an assessment of your portfolio and a meeting during which you give account for the content of your portfolio.

UTQ schedule academic year 2017-2018
The UTQ programme starts at two moments: in January and May. During the UTQ programme five full-day meetings are planned in total.

UTQ programme meetings January 2018: 24 January, 21 February, 21 March, 18 April, 23 May

UTQ programme meetings May 2018: 15 May, 12 June, 10 July, 11 September, 9 October

Study load UTQ programme and teaching hours compensation
The complete UTQ programme has an average study load of 185 hours. These hours include attending the compulsory meetings, studying literature, applying newly acquired knowledge in practice, coaching, reflecting and composing the UTQ portfolio.

The department receives 40 teaching hours to compensate for participation in the UTQ meetings. These hours will be granted once the UTQ certificate has been obtained. For PhDs, the UTQ programme is part of their standard training programme and therefore the compensation does not apply.

Basic requirements
Before you can sign up for the UTQ programme, you must meet the following basic requirements:
- Your head of department has agreed upon your participation
- You have successfully completed the PBL introductory course
- You have successfully completed a tutor training, mentor training or core training
- You have ample teaching experience. The minimum requirement is that you perform the role of tutor, mentor or core role for the second time. However, a broader educational experience is preferred.
- You undertake teaching activities while following the UTQ programme. If this is not the case, your head of department should ensure that you can undertake the required educational activities.

Enrolment
If you meet the basic requirements you can sign up for the UTQ programme by filling out this online form . Next you will receive a registration form.

Based on the information on the registration form it will be decided whether the amount of educational activities you perform is sufficient to start the UTQ programme. If the registration form is approved your enrolment will be made final. In case of doubt you will be invited to discuss the feasibility of the UTQ programme.

Contact
For any inquiries or questions, please contact the UTQ coordinator (w.huveneers@maastrichtuniversity.nl).

2. PAC trajectory
Based on their previously acquired of Previously Acquired Competences (PAC), teachers with ample theoretical and practical teaching experience may be eligible to follow a PAC-trajectory and receive an exemption for the UTQ programme. Ample teaching experience is considered to be at least 5-10 years of experience in teaching at higher education institutions.

Basic requirements PAC trajectory
Before you can make a request for a PAC trajectory, you must meet the following basic requirements:
- Your head of department has agreed upon your participation
- You have successfully completed the PBL introductory course

Enrolment
If you meet the basic requirements you can sign up for the UTQ programme by filling out this online form . Next you will receive a registration form and a guideline for composing a portfolio.

The PAC trajectory
You can start the PAC trajectory at any time. During the PAC trajectory you will independently compose a portfolio with thorough reflections on the development of your core teaching competences and underlying skills, based on your experiences in educational practice. Your reflections are founded by means of evidence and educational literature. The PAC trajectory ends with an assessment of your portfolio and a meeting during which you give account for the content of your portfolio.

The duration of the PAC trajectory depends on the amount of time you want to put in composing your UTQ portfolio. As soon as you decide your portfolio is complete and ready for assessment, you can submit the portfolio via doc-prof-fhml@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

Teaching hours compensation
The department receives no teaching hours to compensate for participation in the PAC trajectory, because it is assumed that, based on the educational experiences the teacher has, s/he is able to compose a UTQ portfolio with a relatively small amount of effort.

Contact
For any inquiries or questions, please contact the UTQ coordinator (w.huveneers@maastrichtuniversity.nl).