We are aware that a 45 year old Ph.D. lecturer with long list of publications from USA has different experience than a fresh PhD without experience in Moldova, but the diploma’s the same. Therefore, we have reacted to increased demand for certification of lecturers where we do rate their expertise.
One teacher may be good in publishing and foreign languages while another one would have years-long long practical experience with pupils at elementary school. INTEAS certifies teachers of all types of schools and lecturers of institutions of lifelong education.
Certification is carried out following a binding order of the person/body interested in certification. The applicant will receive a form and will fill it and send it by email back (or regular post, but we prefer to work with electronic files, as it is cheaper and much faster than waitign weeks for mail to be delivered in certain countries especially in Africa and Asia).
INTEAS certification is completed quickly, usually within one month after having received the complete documentation and payment for the certification. Around the world, we cooperate with several partnering institutions that can provide certain discounts, and are able to promptly communicate with you in your local language.
Measurement of lecturer expertise
We have developed complex “Education Quality Coefficient” that is updated annually and is based on “Inequality-adjusted education index” constructed by United Nations and „Science Citation Index“ maintained by Thomson Reuters.
Education Quality Coefficient makes Lecturer Rating SystemTM internationally comparable. Other factors that influence the final rating are:
- Countries where the lecturer studied and received various degrees or diplomas;
- Completed education based on degrees and diplomas;
- Research achievements;
- Number of articles with an impact factor;
- Number of other peer-reviewed articles without an impact factor;
- Books, Coursebooks, and other publications;
- Field of expertise as different scientific domains have specific requirements;
- Age and experience of the lecturer;
- Successfully accomplished non-degree educational courses;
- Private and public sector non-academic experience related to the field of expertise;
- Active participation and membership in various organizations;
- Other expertise based on answers in the Lecturer questionnaire.
When you ask why a lecturer should need such a rating, the answer is clear. In today’s globalized world move besides goods also services like foreign and visiting teachers who teach at various universities. Lecturers ask for jobs at their or other universities, or they ask for international cooperation with foreign teachers that cannot assess their expertise as they do not know them and people usually lie even in their resumes. Therefore, INTEAS created unique Lecturer Rating SystemTM to allow universities set score (rating) limits for certain positions, for foreign visiting teachers and other reasons.
For example a position cannot be filled by a person with lower rating then X, while X being the specific score (say 550 or 850 or 1600 for example). The board of the university may say that if we invite lecturers at our university, the minimum rating the foreign lecturer may have is say 750. This is common usage of our rating system by various universities. This system is also highly motivating, as lecturers are in order to receive higher score, forced to continually increase their qualification. This approach independently increases competition among teachers for higher scores.
This system, as far as our feedback tells us, therefore works also as another motivating self-improvement system within a university, completely independend on lecturer remuneration and other university related issues. Recommended re-certification of a lecturer should take place each year. The benefits here are clear, certified teacher or professional has way better chances of getting a job than uncertified person. You may ask what is the highest score. As there is no ceiling to expertise, education, research done, there cannot be any limit or highest score achieved.
The most important measure here is the Education Quality Coefficient which levels up countries like higher SCI and IF indexes as one can assume professors from these countries are more advanced and experiences than from countries like Somalia, where university education is practically non-existent. The professor title in these countries differ a lot, we all know it and so EQS is here to make the difference. If, say a teacher from Niger would pass a university in Russia, it would significantly boost his LRS Rating, while if he or she would finish Oxford, and would teach there as an associate professor leading a department, that would skyrocket his LRS score even higher. This LRS Ratign is based on the experience of our accreditation experts.
Validity of the certificate
As a lecturer becomes older, becomes more experienced, publishes more, becomes member of various organizations, gets a better paid jobs, eventually studies abroad, all these factors influence the rating value. There are no time-validity limits to the certificate we issue to the lecturer as it only reflects his or her experience at the time of application.
When willing the questionannaire, we therefore recommend to be honest and to disclose all possible information that may help to increase the rating. However, we do recommend to ask for new rating in several 3-5 years, especially if there has been a significant shift in experience and knowledge.
For further details on certification of lecturers process please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form.