3.2.3 Teacher training courses

Teacher training is divided into two phases in Germany. The first phase is studying at the university. The second phase, the traineeship (Referendariat), is completed with the Second State Examination (Zweite Staatsprüfung). Passing this examination permits the student to acquire a teaching position and is required for appointment to state schools.

The curriculum in the state of Berlin is divided into two consecutive teacher training courses (Lehramtsstudiengänge): a 6-semester Bachelor's degree programme at the beginning, followed by a 4-semester Master programme. Teacher certification (Lehrbefähigung) for school classes 1-6, 7-13 and for vocational schools requires a total of 10 semesters of studies. The curriculum is comprised of two to three subjects including professional studies (teaching methodology, educational sciences, etc.). A Master's degree equates the First State Exam (Erste Staatsprüfung). Thus, with a Master's degree the university phase of teacher training is completed. This is followed by practical training, the traineeship (Referendariat). The traineeship lasts 18 months and ends with the Second State Examination (Zweite Staatsprüfung).

The language requirements for admission comply with the regular undergraduate and master studies prerequisites (please see 3.3.2). For the admission to the traineeship and for permission to teach, German language skills at the level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages must be satisfactorily documented.

Note: If you have already successfully completed a teaching degree in your home country, please apply for recognition of your diploma at the Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth and Families.

Senate Department for Education, Youth and Families
(Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie)
Certification Authority for Teaching Credentials
Phone: (+49 30) 90 227-57 24, -61 46, -62 41
E-Mail: anerkennungen.lehrer@senbjf.berlin.de

For more information on teaching careers, the course structure and possible subject combinations please visit the website for teacher training courses or go directly to the Professional School of Education (► 6.4.7).