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Education studies in Germany

Hey Leute,

I've been looking into changing over to a German Hochschule to do my studies (A transfer wouldn't really work but I could start a bachelor's entirely anew.)

My question is, if I were to study, in Germany, to become a teacher of history and German, would I have to go the German route (3.5 years of study and 2 years of practice)? Or could I do it the American way and just get a bachelors of Education - as I've heard teaching are exclusively master's programs? Or would it be possible to get a degree in History and German - both in the normal 3 year bachelors program - and then, in the states, get certified to teach them ? I'm confused about how all that would work and I'd want to be sure it's possible before abandoning American schooling.

4 years ago

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Oh sorry by the way, I meant for this to be in the German discussion

4 years ago

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You can move it to that forum.

  1. edit

  2. click "duolingo" at the top of the editing window. It will become a drop down menu.

  3. click "german"

  4. save.

Good luck with your studies! ^_^

4 years ago

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You should post that over there: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/816

It's the German -> English forum. There is a high chance there are many German people over there :-)

4 years ago

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My sister-in-law is Hungarian and studied German there. Here, she had to study a second subject (which you already have with history), but could skip the required studies for German and since she already had teaching practice in Hungary she also skipped the Referendariat. So yes, studies of foreign universities get acknowledged.
But since these matters are handled very differently by the different federal countries (and also on what kind of school you plan to teach), I reccommend to write to the Kultusministerium of the federal country you plan to work in eventually, tell them what credentials you already aquired and ask what you need to add (it is very difficult to change the federal country once you were employed by one, and the Referendariat already counts as employment). I also would recommend to study as much as you still need in Germany, to get an insight in the system. My sister-in-law had some difficulties at the start because of the different approaches of teaching methods.

4 years ago

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Yea I plan to teach as a US citizen but I think the process for becoming a teacher is more complicated in Germany

4 years ago

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An education degree in Germany doesn't work according to the Bachelor-Master system but through state examination, so basically, you'd get permission to be a teacher in Germany (by the way, in my state, Saxony, they're shortening the practice time into 1 year). How that would work in the USA probably depends on the schools where you live, and likely also varies by state. It's not a common inquiry, so you should probably ask the institutions directly.

4 years ago

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Also, I'm not sure what you mean by getting a degree in History and German. There are ways to combine two degrees in some universities, but we don't have a Major system. Plus, a degree in teaching German as a second language isn't the same as a degree in Germanistik.

4 years ago