Recognising the teaching profession of foreign professional qualification Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

At your request, the Ministry of Education can examine the professional recognition of the profession of teacher in the public school service regulated in Germany and determine the recognition as a teacher qualification or equivalence with a teacher training qualification acquired in Rhineland-Palatinate.

In the case of a teaching qualification from an EU country, an EEA state and a country treated as such by agreement: Application (see Applications/Forms), tabular list of the training courses completed and the activity carried out as a teacher, proof of nationality of a Member State of the European Union, of an EEA State or of a State treated as such by agreement, evidence of formal qualifications as defined in Directive 2005/36/EC, including overviews of subjects and grades and proof of duration of training, or other comparable evidence of qualifications; evidence showing the contents of the training completed in order to obtain the teacher's professional qualification, marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate, if the current name differs from the name on the evidence of formal qualifications or qualifications, certificates on the nature and duration of previous activities as a teacher, Declaration as to whether and, if so, with what result, a corresponding application has been submitted in another country of the Federal Republic of Germany, whether an adaptation course has been completed or an aptitude test has been taken. Upon request, the study regulations and the examination regulations for obtaining the teacher's professional qualification must be submitted. Further documents required for recognition may be requested. In the case of a teacher training qualification from a third country: Application (see Applications/Forms), tabular list of the training courses completed and the activity carried out as a teacher, proof of nationality, officially certified copies of the original as well as the German translation of the university degree certificates (in particular the certificate of professional qualification, which entitles to direct access to the teaching profession) including the overview of subjects and grades, official certified copies of the original as well as the German translation of the certificates showing the study contents of the completed training to obtain the diploma (e.B. transcript of records, semester lists), if the current name differs from the name on the evidence of formal qualifications or the proof of qualification, copy of the original and the German translations of the marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate, if applicable, a certificate of the type and duration of previous activity as a teacher, on request in a certified copy/copy of the original, if necessary using certified translations, Declaration as to whether and, if so, with what result an application for a declaration of equivalence has been submitted in another Federal State of the Federal Republic of Germany. Upon request, the study regulations and the examination regulations for obtaining the teacher's professional qualification must be submitted. Further documents required for recognition may be requested.


Preconditions
If you have acquired your teacher training qualification in an EU state, an EEA state or a state treated as such by agreement, this can be recognised as a qualification for an equivalent teaching profession at schools in Rhineland-Palatinate if you are a national of a Member State of the European Union (EU), another State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA, currently Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein) or a State treated as such by agreement (currently Switzerland), your professional qualification has been issued by the competent authority of an EU Member State, an EEA State or a Country treated as such by agreement; Your proof of professional qualification entitles you to direct access to the profession of teacher in the country of origin and the occupational profile essentially corresponds to the occupational profile for the respective Rhineland-Palatinate teaching profession, the training required to obtain the professional qualification, if necessary taking into account relevant professional experience or other formally recognised knowledge, skills and competences, does not differ significantly from the training prescribed in Rhineland-Palatinate for the respective teaching profession. Significant differences identified can be compensated for by a compensatory measure. If you have acquired your teacher training qualification in a country other than the above-called countries (third country), this can be equated with a qualification for a teaching profession acquired in Rhineland-Palatinate if you can prove that you have passed a university examination at a recognised university, this university examination opens up access to the profession of a teacher in the country of origin, Your university studies, possibly taking into account other professional qualifications, do not differ significantly in terms of content and scope compared to the corresponding Rhineland-Palatinate teacher training Bachelor's and Master's degree programme. In particular, in addition to the educational sciences, university studies must include two of the subjects prescribed in Rhineland-Palatinate for the respective teaching profession, for the teaching profession at special schools special education subjects, You have demonstrated a practical school training phase comparable to the 18-month preparatory service. If this cannot be proven or if there are significant differences to the respective preparatory service, equivalence with regard to access to the preparatory service for the corresponding teaching profession can be determined, provided that the other requirements are met.
application The application must be submitted using the application form and attaching the necessary documents. acknowledgement The receipt of the application and the documents will be confirmed to you within one month, if necessary with the notification of which documents are missing. decision Upon receipt of the complete documents, a decision will be made on the recognition/determination of the equivalence of your teacher training qualification - if necessary taking into account an expert opinion of the Central Office for Foreign Education at the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs in Bonn (ZAB). You will receive a written notification of recognition/determination of equivalence. In the case of a teacher training qualification from an EU state, an EEA state and a state treated as such by agreement, recognition may take place under the condition that significant differences compared to a Rhineland-Palatinate teacher training qualification are to be compensated by a compensatory measure (adaptation course or aptitude test).

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02.12.2020