If you have acquired a teaching qualification abroad and are seeking to acquire a qualification for this teaching profession in Bavaria, the foreign professional qualification must be recognized 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 authorized to exercise the profession of teacher.
Sufficient German language skills are also expected for practicing the profession. If the candidate is to be employed by the state as a school teacher, his/her health and personal suitability must also be checked (as a rule, a medical certificate and an extended certificate of good conduct from the police). 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.
The application can be submitted by mail or electronically.
- If you would like to submit your application by mail, please send it with the required documents to:
Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Unterricht und Kultus
- If you would like to submit your application electronically, please use the online procedure linked on this page.
First of all, it is determined whether and, if so, which significant differences exist compared to the requirements prescribed in Bavaria with regard to previous education, training and examinations; the Bavarian Teacher Training Act, the Teacher Training Examination Regulations I (LPO I) and the Teacher Training Examination Regulations II (LPO II) are authoritative.
If no deficits are determined, the teacher qualification is recognized as a teaching qualification. To remedy any deficits that may have been identified, it is possible to take an aptitude test or participate in an adaptation course.
Recognition of a teacher's qualification as a qualification for a public teaching position in Bavaria does not imply any entitlement to employment in the state school service.
The competent body shall confirm 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 made within three months. In justified cases, this period may be extended by one month.
Birth certificate (simple photocopy of the original)
if applicable, marriage certificate (simple photocopy of the original)
academic qualification (university diploma) for the teaching profession in officially certified photocopy of the foreign language original with translation in officially certified photocopy of the original translation
Overview of subjects and grades of the entire training for the teaching profession in officially certified photocopy of the foreign language original with translation in officially certified photocopy of the original translation
Proof of pedagogical training (pedagogical competition examination or similar) for the teaching profession in officially certified photocopy of the foreign language original with translation in officially certified photocopy of the original translation
Curriculum vitae (with tabular presentation of education)
where applicable, a single photocopy of evidence of previous teaching experience (including, where possible, details of the type of school, subjects and grades taught).
Informal declaration stating for which teaching profession according to the Bavarian Teacher Training Act (Bayerisches Lehrerbildungsgesetz) and for which teaching subjects the recognition is applied for
(Only the specification of one teaching post is possible).
Informal declaration as to whether recognition has been applied for in another country in the Federal Republic of Germany, an aptitude test has been taken or an adaptation course has been commenced
- No fees are charged for the recognition procedure in Bavaria.
Objection or administrative court action
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