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Apply for permission as an educator from abroad


The profession of educator is regulated in Germany by the individual federal states. This means that you are only allowed to work in this profession in the Land of Saxony-Anhalt if you are entitled to hold the professional title "State-recognized educator"/ "State-recognized educator".

Equivalence is examined with the degree "State-recognized educator", which is awarded in Saxony-Anhalt to specialist schools for social services with a specialization in social pedagogy.  In the absence of comprehensive equivalence, compensatory measures will be decided (e.B.  aptitude test).

You have a professional qualification as a recognised educator from abroad and now want to pursue your profession in Saxony-Anhalt? Then you will find all the important information here.

  • You submit a written application, including all necessary documents, and address it to the Saxony-Anhalt State School Office.
  • It will then 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 body checks on the basis of your certificates whether or to what extent your foreign qualification corresponds to a German qualification for the profession of educator. This review is based on established formal criteria, such as the content and duration of the training. Your relevant professional experience will be taken into account, as will other relevant qualifications.
  • Within3 months of submitting the complete documents, the competent authority will inform you in writing whether the
    • recognition is given,
    • skills gaps and therefore compensatory measures are necessary before recognition,
    • recognition cannot take place

Please contact the Saxony-Anhalt State School Office - Vocational Schools Unit.

An application for an examination of equivalence and granting state recognition as an educator may be made by any person qualified in your country of origin to work as an educator.

It does not matter what nationality you have or in which country you have acquired your qualification.

State recognition for the profession of "state-recognised educator" / "state-recognised educator" is granted if you meet the following conditions:

  • Your proof of education is comparable to the German training of the educator
  • You were also allowed to work as an educator or educator in your training state.
  • There are no significant differences between your professional qualification and the professional qualification regulated by national law.

The application shall be attached to the following documents:

  • a self-signed CV with a description of the school and professional career, information on language courses, further and further education since entry into Germany,
  • proof of identity,
  • Confirmation of residence in Saxony-Anhalt,
  • Certificate of a name change,
  • school leaving certificates and certificates of training acquired abroad, as well as curricula in original language and translation,
  • Evidence of relevant professional experience and other qualifications, where necessary to establish equivalence (original or certified copy),
  • a declaration as to whether and to which body an application for equivalence has been lodged and whether a communication has already been issued. Decisions already issued must also be attached.

You must present personal certificates, certificates and evidence in the form of officially certified copies. The foreign-language documents and evidence shall be supplemented by German translations produced by a translator generally sworn and publicly appointed or by a generally sworn and publicly appointed translator.

You may need to submit additional documents.

Fees of between €25.00 and €600.00 will apply and will depend on the cost of the recognition process.

The competent body must decide on your equivalence within 3 months. The period begins with receipt of the complete documents.

If you do not agree with the decision of the competent authority, you may bring an action. The exact details can be found in the letter with the decision of the State School Office Saxony-Anhalt - Unit For Vocational Schools.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Ministry of Education Saxony-Anhalt

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