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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Applying for recognition as a curative teacher with professional qualifications from abroad


The profession of curative teacher is regulated in Germany. This means that you must prove a certain qualification in order to be allowed to work in the profession. If you have a foreign professional qualification as a curative teacher, you can work in this profession in the selected federal state under certain conditions.

To do this, you must submit an application with all the necessary documents to the competent state authority.

In the recognition procedure, the competent authority compares your professional qualification from abroad with the professional qualification in the selected federal state and makes an equivalence determination.

In addition to equivalence, the competent body shall examine the other conditions.

You will receive feedback after your application has been reviewed.

If your professional qualification is equivalent and you meet all other requirements, you may use the professional title "Heilpädagogin" or "Heilpädagoge".

If you lack professional qualifications for recognition, the notification will state the main differences. You can then make a compensatory measure.

  • You submit a written application including all necessary documents and send it to the State Education Authority of Saxony-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.
  • 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 teacher. 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.
  • Within 3 months of submission of the complete dossier, you will be informed by the competent body whether:
    • recognition takes place,
    • There are deficits in qualification and therefore before the
    • Recognition compensatory measures are necessary,
    • recognition cannot take place.

Please contact the State Education Office of Saxony-Anhalt.

  • Equivalence of your professional qualification
  • They must be entitled to practise the profession in the country of training.
  • Completed and signed application form and Annex 1 Privacy Policy
  • Proof of identity (identity card or passport)
  • Confirmation of residence in Saxony-Anhalt
  • Proof of a possible name change
  • Proof of your professional qualification
  • Proof of formal qualifications as well as subjects and transcript of grades
  • Proof of professional experience as a curative teacher
  • Proof of other qualifications
  • Certificate that the profession may be practised in the country of training
  • Information on applications for recognition that have already been submitted. Then indicate to which body you have submitted the application.

If your documents are not available in German, you must submit German translations of your documents. The translations must be made by translators who are publicly appointed or authorised.

There are fees in the amount of 25.00 to 600 euros and depend on the effort of the recognition procedure.

There are no deadlines to be observed. The deadline for submitting the application begins with the confirmation of the competent authority that the required documents are complete.

  • Duration (for fixed time): 3 months, the period begins with receipt of complete documents

Note for further information on processing time:

  • The competent body shall acknowledge receipt of your application within one month. The competent authority will inform you if further documents are required.
  • If you have submitted all the required documents, you will receive a notification with the result after 3 months at the latest. In certain cases, the competent body may prolong the procedure.

If you do not agree with the decision of the competent authority, you can file a complaint with the administrative court. Details can be found in the information on the right of appeal at the end of your decision. We recommend that you first talk to the competent authority before taking legal action against the decision.

the application form and Annex 1 - Privacy Policy can be found on the website of the State Education Authority of Saxony-Anhalt

Landesschulamt Sachsen-Anhalt, Referat 25

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Ministry of Education of Saxony-Anhalt

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