Primary and secondary schools, special schools and vocational schools; open application

You can apply as a teacher at primary and secondary schools, special schools and vocational schools (without FOSBOS) to the responsible government.



Teachers who have acquired their teaching qualification in another German federal state or another state of the European Union must have their teaching qualification recognized for Bavaria before they can participate in the recruitment process. The Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs is responsible for this.

For teachers who are permanently employed in the state education service of their country of origin in the current school year, prior clearance of the teacher for the desired recruitment date by the personnel management authority of the country of origin is an absolute prerequisite for participation in the recruitment procedure in Bavaria. In the case of teachers with civil servant status, it should be noted that immediate or future civil servant status in Bavaria is not guaranteed. Applicants who intend to return to their country of origin at a later date should obtain detailed information about this from their current employer.


The application for employment must be sent to the responsible authority together with all the necessary documents. The governments are the responsible recruitment authorities for teachers at primary and secondary schools, subject teachers and support teachers wishing to work in Bavaria.

A decision on the forwarding of your application to the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs is only possible after receipt of the aforementioned documents.

Free applications from special education teachers should be sent to the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, Department III.6. The form required for this will be provided by the State Ministry on request.

As a matter of principle, independent applicants are also included in the procedure for recruiting teachers throughout Bavaria in line with demand. Therefore, there is no guarantee that a successful open application will guarantee employment in the administrative district in which the application is submitted.

Teachers who received a recruitment offer in a previous recruitment process and were included in the needs-based teacher recruitment, but did not accept the recruitment offer, will be assigned to the administrative district in which they did not commence employment in the event of a new application (even if they apply to another administrative district). If these teachers restrict their application to another administrative district, they cannot take part in the recruitment process.

If you wish to teach at a vocational school, you should send your application directly to the State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs if you have a teaching qualification for vocational schools or (for teaching at technical and vocational secondary schools or business schools) a teaching qualification for grammar schools. In the direct application procedure, they also apply to the schools for which positions are advertised.

Special notes

Before employment in the Bavarian school service, in particular as a civil servant, a check of health suitability must be carried out.

After the age of 45, employment as a Bavarian civil servant requires the approval of the Bavarian State Ministry of Finance and Home Affairs in accordance with Art. 48 of the Bavarian Budget Code. In the recruitment procedure (for full employment), the exception to the age limit applies under the conditions described in more detail in the information sheet for the teacher exchange procedure. It is therefore also possible to apply as part of the recruitment procedure (open application).


In the area of primary and secondary schools as well as specialist and support teachers, applications received by the government by May 20 of the respective year can be considered.

In the area of special schools (teaching degree for special education), applications received by the State Ministry by May 15 of the respective year can be considered.

In the area of vocational schools, the direct application process usually begins at the end of April and lasts until mid-June. Applications received by the State Ministry by June 30 of the respective year can be considered for the allocation procedure.

Apart from temporary contracts, recruitment only takes place at the beginning of the new school year.

After the recruitment grades have been announced, applicants will be notified in writing by the hiring government by the beginning of August.

Required documents

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • simple copies of the examination certificates

  • for non-Bavarian applicants: letter of recognition of teaching qualification (if applicable, also proof of post-qualification)

    For more information, see "Related Topics" under "Public School Teaching Credentials; Applying for Recognition of a Foreign Teacher Qualification."

  • for non-Bavarian applicants: letter of determination of the comparative grade

  • Declaration of release from the employer, if you are in a permanent service or employment relationship (in a civil service relationship or with a permanent employment contract)

  • If applicable, a copy of the severely disabled person's identity card or the equal opportunities notice.

  • for persons born after 1970: Proof of sufficient measles protection or documentation aid from the school management for proof of sufficient measles protection in accordance with § 20 Para. 9 Infection Protection Act (IfSG).

    (the start of the service can only take place after proof has been provided)


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