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Jobs in international schools in Germany?

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I may be moving to Germany with my partner (who is an EU citizen) upon graduation of graduate school, with a degree in social work. I've read many posts on here as well as done research saying it is very difficult to get a job in Germany as a social worker without returning to school again in Germany, as well as having a near-fluent command of the language (my German is decent but certainly not social worker-ready).

Most of my job experience has been working with children and teens, and I have significant experience with doing behavioral and educational therapy with special needs kids. I also have a bit of general teaching experience. I was wondering if anyone out there has worked in an international school in Germany and if they are open to taking teachers (or special ed assistants) who don't necessarily have a teaching degree, as I think working as an international school might be one of my best employment possibilities.

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Teaching certificates are required by international schools, as with any other type of school. This is especially true of any school accredited by the state and many, if not almost all, international schools are. Competition for teaching jobs in international schools is very high and therefore schools have the pick of the bunch. There are "international" schools though that will take anybody, which tells you a lot about the school.

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If you look at the Council for International Schools recruitment site, cois.org you can see the candidate criteria that are normally required for teaching posts in reputable schools.

You might have more chance writing to individual schools enquiring about special needs or classroom assistant positions; substitute work may also be a possibility but probably not well paid. I think that varies a lot from school to school.

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I may be moving to Germany with my partner (who is an EU citizen)...

 

Just to clarify: If you're married, then you will have no problem getting a residence and work permit through your husband. If you are not married, then your partner's nationality has nothing to do with your chances of getting a residence and work permit - you're all on your own.

 

Plus keep in mind that German (or international BaFin-approved) health insurance is mandatory for all residents of Germany. If you're married, and your husband is employed and has public insurance, you will be able to be covered by his insurance. If you're not married, again, you're on your own.

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We have some adults working in our local school who are not teachers, but who are trained in relevant skills, so there is a computer guy and a lady who organises afternoon activities etc. but there is also a chap who is there in a social supporting role, and more than one helper for the classes with disabled kids in.

 

I assume a good international school would also have these extra bods around, presumably in greater numbers to provide a higher level of service. As the posts above have said - no to teaching, enquire at individual schools about support functions, and if you are not married, crack on with that quickly, otherwise life is going to be deeply complicated ;) .

 

I hope you find something, as it sounds as though you would have a lot to add to a school community.

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Thanks for all the helpful information. My partner and I do plan on getting married in the next year, so luckily that would take care of issues such as health insurance. If you know of anyone who currently does work at an international school and would be willing to chat, I'd love to talk to people about their experiences! Or, alternatively, if anyone knows someone who used their social work degree from the USA for various interesting careers in Germany that weren't social work per se, I'd also be very interested in hearing their experiences.

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Of course we have these kinds of support staff, such as TAs, IT support and so on, in international schools and you do not need a teaching certificate for these kinds of jobs, obviously. I've even seen kids on work experience placements here doing 1-1 support with SEN kids in state schools. Might be worth trying out for something like that as an option. But if you really want to get into SEN support and so on, those kinds of jobs usually go to qualified teachers with SEN specialisms and are regulated by the state, based on my experience working in and with many of the international schools here.

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I used to work at a regular German gymnasium and it was a fight to get my teaching qualifications recognised as being 'good enough' for german teaching standards.

 

Germany is country obsessed with qualifications and paperwork and the idea that you can offer something based on your experience and skills (rather than your qualifications) is still quite a foreign concept.

 

The international schools I've spoken to in the south seem to have pretty high demands for experience- moreson than qualifications I'd say. There's no harm in asking. Perhaps sell yourself as a possible school counsellor rather than a teacher?

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Here's the brief summary:

 

I'm marrying an EU citizen this summer and have lived in Munich before with him, so I'm pretty familiar with the area and have decent conversational German. I'm currently in the USA finishing up my social work master's degree. Realistically, it looks like we might be in Munich for at least another couple of years. I also have extensive work experience in educational/educational therapy. I realize I wouldn't be able to practice social work per se in Germany, but does anyone have any employment suggestions of where to look for (ideally) full-time work? I know about ideas for part-time work, like applying to be a substitute teacher at the international schools and perhaps looking into kindergarten teaching, but it'd be great to have something consistent.

 

Thanks!

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I think your other thread pretty much covered all your options for positions in your field. Have you considered taking intensive German classes and completing the necessary coursework to have your credentials recognised here?

 

Are there any other areas in which you'd like to work?

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