Umeå University’s pedagogical qualification model

As a teacher at Umeå university you can apply for pedagogical qualification.

You are eligible to apply if you are employed by Umeå university and have at least 5 years of teaching experience at a higher education institution, equivalent to at least 2 years of full time teaching. Also you must have higher education training/expertise above what is required for employment at Umeå university.

The overall goal for Umeå university's pedagogical qualification model is to contribute to on-going educational quality development by:

  • motivating teachers to develop highly qualified pedagogical skills
  • acknowledging and rewarding teachers with highly qualified pedagogical skills
  • encouraging departments and faculties to create good conditions for pedagogical development
  • having clear criteria for pedagogical excellence
  • assessing and rewarding excellence based on the criteria for pedagogical excellence

The model has two levels: qualified and distinguished teacher. The application for appointment as an distinguished teacher may only be submitted by teachers who have previously been appointed as a qualified teacher. Each level has a number of criteria regarding pedagogical skills. In order to be appointed, all criteria of the level in question must be met. An appointment renders a raise for the applicant. This raise is decided every four years by the Vice-Chancellor.

The Pedagogical qualification board, consisting of members from each faculty, has the overall responsibility regarding quality. Decisions on appointments in the model are made by each faculty.


For thorough instructions please read 'Instructions for applicants' under the headline Advertisement.

The application should consist of:

  • an account of pedagogical qualifications
  • a CV
  • a statement from the Head of Department regarding eligibility

The application is made via the e-recruitment system. Call for applications opens twice a year and the last day to apply is usually in the middle of February and the middle of September.
The application is received by each faculty. For every complete application one pedagogical expert will be appointed for applications to qualified teacher and two pedagogical experts for distinguished teacher.

Based on the expert statements the board will give their recommendations to the faculty to decide upon. The Faculty then decides about the appointment.

Teachers who want guidance of how to make a pedagogical portfolio or be an assessor of pedagogical skills can turn to UPL. Questions regarding applications and results of the decisions will be handled by each Faculty Office.


Links to the e-recruitment system

Faculty Diarienumber Link for application
Arts  A.N 2.2.2-904-19 Apply
Medicine  A.N 2.2.2-905-19 Apply
Social sciences  A.N 2.2.2-906-19 Apply
Science and technology  A.N 2.2.2-907-19 Apply

More information about how to apply can be found in the documents Call for applications and Instructions for applicants under the headline Advertisement.