Teaching profession at public schools; application for recognition of a foreign teaching qualification
If you have acquired a teaching qualification abroad and wish to obtain a qualification for this teaching profession in Bavaria, the foreign professional qualification must be recognised by the competent authority.
The teaching profession at public schools is regulated by the state in Bavaria. In order to exercise a teaching profession at state schools in Bavaria, you must have obtained a degree certificate in a member state of the European Union (EU) or in another state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) or in Switzerland documenting academic training for the profession of teacher, or be entitled to exercise the profession of teacher.
Employment as a teacher at private schools or at state schools within the framework of temporary contracts (e.g. as a substitute teacher) is also possible in individual cases without recognition of the teaching qualification. In these cases, applicants should apply directly to the school at which they wish to teach or to the relevant school authority.
Late repatriates are entitled to formal recognition of their education acquired in their country of origin. The possibility of recognition in terms of content is examined in a separate procedure (see "Further links").
Teachers who have acquired their qualification in another country ("third country") cannot acquire a teaching qualification by way of recognition in Bavaria.
The aim of teacher training in Bavaria is to acquire a teaching qualification for a type of school which entitles the holder to hold a public office. The acquisition of the qualification for a teaching profession is regulated in the Bavarian Teacher Training Act. Proof of a teaching qualification is required for the exercise of the profession in the full range of the professional field.
If a teaching qualification was acquired abroad and the acquisition of a qualification for this teaching profession is sought in Bavaria, the foreign professional qualification must be recognised by the competent body.
In order to exercise a teaching profession at state schools in Bavaria, you must have obtained a degree certificate in a member state of the European Union (EU) or in another state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) or in Switzerland documenting academic training for the profession of teacher, or be entitled to exercise the profession of teacher.
Sufficient German language skills are also expected for practising the profession. If you wish to become a state school teacher, your health and personal suitability must also be checked (as a rule, a certificate from a public health officer and an extended police clearance certificate). In the case of civil service appointment, the requirements for career qualification must be met in full.
The recognition of teacher qualifications acquired in another EU member state is governed by Art. 7 Para. 4 of the Bavarian Teacher Training Act and by the EC Directive Regulation for Teachers (see under "Legal basis") which can be called up. There you will also find more detailed information on the procedure within the different teaching professions at public schools in Bavaria.
First of all, it is determined whether and, if so, which significant differences exist in comparison to the requirements prescribed in Bavaria with regard to previous education, training and examinations. The Bavarian Teacher Training Act, the Teaching Profession Examination Regulations I (LPO I) and the Teaching Profession Examination Regulations II (LPO II) are authoritative.
If no deficits are identified, the teacher qualification is recognised as a teaching qualification. In order to remedy any deficits that may have been identified, it is possible to take an aptitude test or participate in an adaptation course.
Applications can be submitted by post or electronically.
If you wish to submit your application by post, please send your required documents to:
Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs
If you would like to submit your application electronically, please use the online form.
The recognition of the teacher qualification as a qualification for a public teaching post in Bavaria does not imply any entitlement to employment in the state school service.
The competent body shall acknowledge receipt of the application within one month and, if necessary, indicate which documents need to be supplemented. If the documents are complete, the decision must be taken within three months. In justified cases, this period may be extended by one month.
- No fees are charged for the recognition procedure in Bavaria.
Objection or administrative court action
Links to more information
Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Unterricht und Kultus
- Online transactions, Bavaria-wide
- Online transactions, locally limited
- Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide
- Legal bases, Bavaria-wide
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- Fees, Bavaria-wide
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