Certificate for Teaching through English in Higher Education (TEHE)

What is the TEHE certificate?

A statement of individual achievement in demonstrating pedagogical competences to teach through English in Higher Education

Who is it for?

Higher education academics and educators who teach through English as an additional language

How does it work? 

The candidate:
Provides a copy of ID & registration document
Completes a self-assessment readiness review
Conducts a recorded (video) teaching session of maximum 20–30 mins
Completes a self-appraisal of the teaching session
Receives a statement of achievement in demonstrating pedagogical and communicative competences to teach through English in higher education

What is assessed?

Pedagogical and communicative competences as revealed in a recorded teaching session, and a personal reflection on teaching through English

What are the grades?

Pass Distinction
Not yet Achieved

Where is the test evaluated?

Why the University of Jyväskylä?

The University of Jyväskylä is an international centre of excellence, home to PISA, TIMSS, PIRLS, PIAAC, and other significant worldwide benchmark surveys. In the field of Education, it is positioned among the world’s top 100 in the 2019 THE World University rankings, and in the top 150 of the 2019 QS World University Rankings. Personnel have specialised in professional development for teaching through English in higher education since the early 1990s.

Which organisation manages the test?

The University of Jyväskylä Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication with EduCluster Finland, University of Jyväskylä Group

How do you prepare for the test?

Guidelines are provided on expression of interest

Where is the test taken?

The candidate takes the test independently at a location of their own choice

When can the test be taken?

Deadline for individual applicants: 15 April and 15 November.

Deadline for faculties and/or departments according to agreement.

Who are the TEHE academic advisors?

David Marsh Ph.D, Hon.D. is Director, Innovation & Outreach, at EduCluster Finland, University of Jyväskylä Group. He has experience of tasks in over 40 countries, contributed to over 150 publications, presented over 300 invited keynotes at international conferences, and received 5 degrees from the United Kingdom, Finland and Spain.  Long-term experience of working across the European Union has been complemented with assignments in Africa, Central, East & Southeast Asia, the GCC countries, North and South America.  His work has been recognised through various awards including the English-speaking Union (2008), the Estonian Educational Sciences (2009), Doctor honoris causa at Valencian International University (2013), and Honorary Chair, Catedrático Extraordinario de Educación Bilingüe, UCAM, Spain (2017). Having been instrumental in developing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), he has been involved with designing competence-building solutions, and quality assurance mechanisms, for higher education academics to teach through English.

Peppi Taalas Adj. Prof. Dr. works as the permanently appointed Director of the Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She has extensive expertise in (language) learning technologies, new learning cultures, and professional staff development programmes. Her current research interests are educational and organisational change processes both on policy and practice levels, including change in learning and teaching cultures, staff development, and teacher roles and attitudes in technology-enhanced language learning settings. She has been involved in many national and international research and development projects in the area of knowledge society, teaching innovation and the future of education. She is currently working on re-designing higher education language teaching into a multimodal and multilingual competence building as part of the university degree.

Fergal Carolan is based at the University of Jyväskylä Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication, Finland. His main area of expertise focuses on pedagogical development in interdisciplinary teaching. He also co-runs the Teaching Academic Content through English (TACE) programme. The overall aim of which is to develop intercultural communication and university pedagogical competence for using English in multimodal teaching, learning, counselling, and assessment situations in higher education. His research interests also include pedagogical development in the understanding and use of technology in multilingual and multicultural contexts of (higher) education.

Dr Adrienn Károly is based at the University of Jyväskylä Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication, Finland. Her pedagogical expertise is in the areas of academic and professional communication and interaction. She co-coordinates the scientific research communication modules for doctoral students and is a member of the team running the Teaching Academic Content through English (TACE) programme. She is also involved in the development project on language proficiency and academic performance in international master’s programmes. Her current research interests include multilingual pedagogies and academic literacies, online facilitated dialogue as a form of virtual exchange, translation as cultural mediation, critical thinking and cognitive presence in the classroom, and the role of feedback in the learning process.

What does TEHE cost?

1–20 persons


per person

21–40 persons


per person

41 plus persons


per person

(excluding tax if applicable)

How do I find out more?

Please contact tehe@educluster.fi