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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Apply for permission as a curative pedagogue from abroad


In Germany, the profession of curative pedagogue is regulated by the individual federal states. This means that you may only work in this profession in the state of Saxony-Anhalt if you are entitled to use the professional title "Staatlich anerkannte Heilpädagogin" (State-approved curative pedagogue).

Equivalence is tested with the degree "Staatlich anerkannte Heilpädagogin/staatlich anerkannteer Heilpädagoge", which is awarded in Saxony-Anhalt to technical schools for social work specializing in curative education. If there is no extensive equivalence, a decision is made on compensatory measures (for example, aptitude test).

  • You submit a written application including all necessary documents and send it to the Landesschulamt Sachsen-Anhalt.     
  • Subsequently, it will be checked whether your documents have been submitted in full. If this is not the case, you will be asked in writing to submit the relevant documents later.
  • For recognition, the competent authority checks on the basis of your certificates whether or to what extent your foreign qualification corresponds to a German qualification for the profession of curative pedagogue. This review is based on defined formal criteria, such as the content and duration of the training. Your relevant professional experience will be taken into account as well as other relevant qualifications.
  • Withinthree months of the submission of the complete dossier, you will be informed in writing by the competent authority whether:
    • recognition is given
    • There are deficits in the qualification and therefore recognition cannot take place.

Please contact the State Education Office of Saxony-Anhalt – Department of Vocational Schools.

It is irrelevant which nationality you have or in which country you obtained your qualification;

The state recognition for the profession "state-approved remedial pedagogue" is granted if you meet the following requirements:

  • Your education enables you to work in the profession
  • You have been entitled to practise this profession in your country of training
  • There are no significant differences between your professional qualifications and the corresponding professional qualification regulated by state law

The application shall be accompanied by the following documents:

  • a hand-signed CV with
    • a description of the educational and professional career,
    • Information on language courses, further education and training since entering Germany,
  • proof of identity,
  • Confirmation of residence in Saxony-Anhalt,
  • Certificate of a name change,
  • school leaving certificates and certificates of formal qualifications obtained abroad as well as overviews of subjects and grades in the original language and translation,
  • evidence of relevant professional experience and other evidence of formal qualifications, where necessary to establish equivalence (original or certified copy),
  • a statement as to whether and to which body an application for a declaration of equivalence has been submitted and whether a decision has already been issued. Notices already issued must also be attached.

Certificates, attestations and personal supporting documents must be submitted as officially certified copies. Foreign-language documents and evidence must be translated by a generally sworn and publicly appointed translator.

Between 25,00 and 600,00 Euro. The fee depends on the effort of the recognition procedure

The competent body must decide on your application within 3 months.

If you do not agree with the decision of the competent authority, you can bring an action before the Administrative Court. The exact details can be found in the letters with the decision of the State Education Office Saxony-Anhalt – Department of Vocational Schools.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Ministry of Education Saxony-Anhalt

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