Can I teach in Germany with a PhD in the subject but no teaching certification?

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Hi

 

I saw an advertisment for a teacher in the area that I studied in and took a PhD in. It is a multi disciplinary social science subject. 

They are looking for teachers in a social science subject that is interdisciplinary but I do not have a teaching qualification. I have a PhD and two Masters

Is there anyway I can apply for the job? Is the PhD and teaching experience considered equal?

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Of course you can apply. Put together the best package you can that plays up your academic achievements and any experience teaching, even if as a TA, just put it together and see what happens. The worst they can do is say no. 

 

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On 03/06/2021, 16:26:22, silty1 said:

Of course you can apply.

 

What is the point of applying for positions without the legally mandated minimum formal qualifications? If the position is at a public school, there are certain minimum requirements that must be met and no amount of spin can make up for certain deficiencies. 

 

On 03/06/2021, 16:26:22, silty1 said:

The worst they can do is say no. 

 

 

I think the worst case is that someone spends hundreds of Euros on official translations and then finds out that the application can't even be considered because the minimum legal requirements have not been met. 

 

I would advise anyone wanting to apply as a teacher (or in any other regulated profession) to determine the minimum requirements first.

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On 4.6.2021, 04:37:52, jeba said:

Even public schools in some Bundesländer resorted to employing teachers without pedagogic qualification. Google Quereinsteiger Lehrer

 

Definitely happening in schools, for better or worse.  They do not look too closely when they have huge staffing holes to fill. 

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Even if you get in as a Quereinsteiger you still have to take courses leading to a professional qualification alongside the teaching and it's quite intensive.

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On 13/09/2021, 19:06:07, Feierabend said:

Even if you get in as a Quereinsteiger you still have to take courses leading to a professional qualification alongside the teaching and it's quite intensive.

 

More importantly, do you know any foreigners with less than C1 German being allowed to teach a non-technical subject? 

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No, the two I know both had C1 and had studied previously in German. And if I remember rightly, the course included maths at what to me looked quite a high level, even though their 2 specialist subjects were non- mathematical.

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37 minutes ago, Feierabend said:

No, the two I know both had C1 and had studied previously in German. And if I remember rightly, the course included maths at what to me looked quite a high level, even though their 2 specialist subjects were non- mathematical.

 

Thank you for confirming.

 

Many TTers seem to keep overestimating the employment prospects in the German public school system for foreigners with neither excellent German nor the "right" qualifications (for example in this epic thread). 

 

On 01/07/2021, 11:15:12, silty1 said:

 

Definitely happening in schools, for better or worse.  They do not look too closely when they have huge staffing holes to fill. 

 

No matter how severe the shortage certain minimum standards must be met. Although there are opportunities to quereinsteigen this route requires fluent German. 

 

For anyone reading this thread who is trying to find a way to teach in the German system without German qualifications, look up what you need for the state where you want to teach and take at least a C1 German exam. Employment as a teacher in Germany is possible, but it is not easy and shouldn't be looked at as a last resort if all other applications fail.

 

 

 

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In theory, you can teach if you already have a university degree and a sufficient level of German (you will need to take an exam). You can be hired as an assistant or trainee, depending on where exactly you want to work.

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