How do you manage to become a teacher in Saarland, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt?

How do you manage to become a teacher in Saarland, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt?

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There is currently a shortage of teachers almost everywhere in Germany. This is mainly due to the low number of applicants, i.e. the lack of new teaching students. The result is vacancies in schools, which can mean that students cannot be taught in the best possible way. Many federal states are therefore now relying on career changers or sidekicks. But how does side entry work as a teacher? What are the requirements in the federal states of Saarland, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt? What should you consider?

lack of teachers in schools

One of them is the lack of teachers a national issue. In 2017, 3,400 teaching posts failed to be filled. The situation in Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony is particularly extreme. Almost all federal states have problems. This is according to a Forsa survey on the topic of job satisfaction among school administrators in comprehensive schools in Germany, commissioned by the Association for Education and Training (VBE). every third school management specifically affected by the lack of teachers be. Around 10 percent of places are available at such schools. In this article you can learn more about forsa survey on the topic of job satisfaction among school principals.

Another reason was and is the lack of teachers Goodbye to many retired teachers. These retired teachers need to be replaced. This requires a large number of young and new teachers who are well trained. However, because there were not enough study places for the teaching profession, there are not enough such young teachers. Also bad forecasts and estimates play a role. The birth rate in Germany did not fall as expected. As a result, there are more children than expected. The refugee crisis also plays a role here, as a result of which many children who still go to school have come to Germany. Generally speaking, there is teaching more children than expectedwhich entails a higher demand for teachers.

Lack of teachers means that lateral students in about every third school they are. Lateral or lateral entrants are people who without previous teaching qualifications acquired, i.e. they did not study teaching. They should fill gaps that cannot be closed in any other way. This is to ensure the provision of teaching. Career change training and requirements vary from state to state. How to start as a teacher?

Lateral entry as a teacher

Different requirements must be met depending on the federal state to master lateral entry as a teacher. Generally, side entry only possible in subjects that are currently considered a deficient subject. Lateral entry is therefore only possible in subjects where there are currently not enough teachers. are important in all states good knowledge of Germanteach children the subject. The regulations of the states of Saarland, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt for lateral entry as a teacher are listed below. Here you will find an article about Lateral entry as a teacher in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Brandenburg, here is an article about Lateral entry as a teacher in Berlin and Bremenhere is an article about Lateral entry as a teacher in Hamburg and Hessehere is an article about Lateral entry as a teacher in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Lower Saxony and here an article about the change of career of a teacher in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate.


In Saarland, lateral entry as a teacher is in principle possible through the lateral entry program for teaching positions in general schools. This will be again not currently offered.

All information about teacher training in Saarland can be found here here on the corresponding page of the state of Saarland.


In Saxony, lateral entry as a teacher is possible if there is a corresponding need, i.e. a lack of a subject. The formal requirement is a Completed university studies at a university, technical or art school. It has to with one Master’s, diploma or master’s degree were completed. If this qualification meets a specific school requirement, lateral entry may take place.

Qualification takes place by side entry outside work. After the start of recruitment a introductory training completed which takes 3 weeks. There is usually one after this qualification phase in the workplace, for the purpose of further development of pedagogical and professional competences. Qualification offers are individually designed and follow on from existing higher education.

Since the teaching qualification is to be achieved in two subjects, the following modules must be completed during the qualification. if through an earned university degreeso prequalification, yes have completed sufficient coursework in the subject two qualification modules still need to be completed. For one, a must second subject to study (usually at least 4 semesters, part-time) and on the other hand a school practical training to complete (out-of-work preparatory service, usually 12 months).

who in one elementary or special school To make a side entry, you must academic training first complete and then preparatory service. who to one High School I want it it starts with school practice in a subject you have already studied. This is followed by the study of the second subject.

who else If you prove that you have sufficient academic results in two subjects, you do not need to study further complete but can directly apply for preparatory service.

You can find all the information about changing the profession of a teacher in Saxony here on the corresponding page of the state of Saxony.


In Saxony-Anhalt, a lateral entry as a teacher is also possible if the school needs it. In order to make a lateral entry, a completed university studies present which ua University or equivalent colleges was educated as a Diploma or equivalent qualification was terminated. You can also contact someone Master’s degree from an accredited university of applied sciences request access to the site. From this study then they must have derived at least one school subject. At the time of application, it will be checked whether the academic achievements are sufficient for this.

Before starting the service a introductory course attended which lasts 4 weeks. In addition, other participants who have entered into an employment contract are bound prove your teaching competence in the first 2 years and to match it continuing education courses participate.

You can find all information about changing the teaching profession in Saxony-Anhalt here on the corresponding page of the state of Saxony-Anhalt.


So the lateral entry as a teacher is successful varies greatly by state. In principle, however, it depends current needs federal state. The subjects and types of schools in which career changers are sought can vary widely. Not only from state to state, but also from year to year. You should therefore find out exactly what subjects and types of schools are currently compulsory in the respective federal state and what the current requirements for lateral entry are. Often a Diploma or Master’s degree in the corresponding subject or in the corresponding subject. The federal states differ in this as well A form of training and support for career changes. Here again, you should be informed of the relevant circumstances before considering lateral entry as a teacher.

More information on lateral entry as a teacher can be found on the federal website linked above.

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