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How will lateral entry as a teacher succeed in Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia?

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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 Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia? 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 the 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 federal states of Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia 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 Brandenburghere is an article about Lateral entry as a teacher in Berlin and Bremen, here 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 Saxonyhere is an article about Lateral entry as a teacher in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate and here is an article about Lateral entry as a teacher in Saarland, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.


Lateral entry as a teacher is possible in Schleswig-Holstein, while here A distinction is made between side entry and side entry. On the one hand, they differ in what type of school this is possible in any case. Lateral entry is basically possible at any type of school. Lateral entry, on the other hand, is only possible at vocational schools, primary schools, support centers and lower secondary schools.

Another difference lies in type of setting. On side entry lift up the people straight to the lesson in and pass parallel qualifications, which takes 2 years in total. The employment relationship is also limited to this time. Training usually takes place in two subjects. During this time, a certain number of individual lessons must be completed each year. If this qualification phase is passed with a minimum GPA of 3.49, permanent employment is intended and civil service is possible.

of Side entry however, takes place in preparatory service, which lasts 18 months. During this time, the civil servant’s employment relationship may be terminated. In case of successful completion of the preparatory service, the state exam for the corresponding teaching position was taken, which means equality with other teachers at the national level.

Now for those entry requirementsfirst for side dough. In order to apply, a university degree or an equivalent university degree (Masters, Masters or Diploma) is required. It must be in the space for scarcity. Plus a perennial work experience be detected. who one Higher education must be able to document an accredited master’s degree.

It is similar with side entry out. To apply, you must have a university degree or comparable (master’s, master’s or diploma) in the missing subject. graduates of one university of applied sciences must prove a master’s degree. AND Qualification for corresponding lack of subject can be deduced. Who in one vocational school If you want to teach, you have to work experience at least one year. Non-specialists can also apply student teacherswho have not yet completed any preparatory service in another subject.

All information about starting a teaching career in Schleswig-Holstein can be found here on the relevant page Website of the state of Schleswig-Holstein.


Lateral entry as a teacher is also possible in Thuringia and there is also a different optionshow this page entry succeeds. On the one hand, there is placement in the preparatory service, on the other hand, in the school service. It is also possible to be employed as a teacher at a school.

Until v preparatory service in order to modify it must be a university or equivalent Diploma present, present. It will be checked whether it can be equated with the first state exam. Editing is only possible in this case. If you can be accepted, it may be necessary to acquire basic pedagogical knowledge during the preparatory service and demonstrate it at the colloquium, if this has not already been done during the course of study. After completing the preparatory service, the graduates, like other teachers, passed the second state exam.

Side entrance to school service subject to essentially the same conditions. It will be acquired university degree fully recognized, you can be hired. Here you can take part-time post-qualification. If this has been achieved and the one-year probationary period has passed, civil service is possible. If only one subject from the degree has been recognised, you can still be employed in school services, but you must obtain another teaching qualification separately. Post-qualification is also possible here. If both things are fulfilled, civil service is also possible here.

Who in one vocational school would like to teach, must have completed at least 2 years of professional training or a master’s degree or equivalent qualification. Here, too, a post-qualification course runs concurrently with the course.

All information about starting a teaching career in Thuringia can be found here on the relevant page website of the federal state of Thuringia.


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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