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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Apply for permission as an educator from abroad


In Germany, the profession of educator 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 "State-approved educator".

Equivalence is tested with the degree "State-recognized educator", which is awarded in Saxony-Anhalt to technical schools for social work with a specialization in social pedagogy. If there is no extensive equivalence, a decision is made on compensatory measures (e.B. 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 educator. 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 submitting the complete documents, you will be informed in writing by the competent authority whether:
    • recognition is granted,
    • there are deficits in the qualification and therefore compensatory measures are necessary before recognition,
    • recognition cannot be granted

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

An application for the examination of equivalence and the granting of state recognition as an educator can be submitted by all persons who are qualified to work as educators in their country of origin.

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

The state recognition for the profession "state-recognized educator" is granted if you meet the following requirements:

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

The application shall be accompanied by the following documents:

  • a personally signed curriculum vitae with a description of the school 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 presented in the form of officially certified copies. The foreign-language documents and evidence must be accompanied by the German translations produced by a generally sworn and publicly appointed translator.

You may need to submit additional documentation.

Fees of 25.00 to 600.00 euros apply and depend on the effort of the recognition procedure.

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 can file a lawsuit. 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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