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"Back to School" program & adaptation course for foreign teachers


The adaptation course enables foreign teachers (with a foreign university teaching degree and teaching qualification) to acquire competencies that are lacking in comparison to a German teaching degree (e.g. the second subject) and to subsequently work as a fully-fledged teacher at state schools.

The "Back to School" program is a preperation for the adaptation course and provides individual support for participants of the adaptation course.
Feel free to contact us!

Requirements

The requirement for participation in the adaptation course at Vechta University is, in particular, a notice of recognition from the Lower Saxony Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs. The notice must refer to the teaching profession at elementary school or at secondary schools. The subjects offered at Vechta University can be found here. We will be pleasured to assist you with the application to the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs if required.

In addition, German language skills at level C1 (e.g. TestDaF with 4x4 points, TELC C1 Hochschule) or highly advanced language skills (for conditional admission) are required for participation in the adaptation course.

Support through the "Back to School" program

If you have any questions about the requirements, please feel free to contact Dr. Katrin Schumacher (katrin.schumacher@uni-vechta.de).

Duration & Financing

The adaptation course usually lasts a maximum of three years, whereby these three years usually include a university part as well as 1 to 1.5 years of practical school training (analogous to the preparatory service). During the practical school training, the participants are already employed by the state of Lower Saxony and are therefore paid for their work.

Participants in the university part of the adaptation course are basically entitled to BaföG if the individual requirements are met. There are special exceptions regarding the age limit.

Participants with low incomes who do not receive BaföG or social benefits can, under certain conditions, apply for funding (assumption of the semester contribution and possibly other costs, e.g. for textbooks) from the IQ Network.

Students in the adaptation course can also apply for the  German scholarship and/or, if applicable (if the requirements are met), submit a hardship application for partial reimbursement of the semester fee.

Support through the "Back to School" program

If you have any questions regarding the BaföG and the BaföG application, the Deutschlandstipendium as well as the hardship application, please feel free to contact Lea Sophie Schmidt (lea-sophie.schmidt@uni-vechta.de).

Dr. Katrin Schumacher will advise you on IQ funding (katrin.schumacher@uni-vechta.de).

Step 1: Application to the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs and (linguistic) preparation

In order to participate in the adaptation course, you need a certificate of recognition from the Lower Saxony Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs (niedersächsisches Kultusministerium). A detailed information sheet (one sheet each for teachers from other EU countries (including Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland) and one sheet for teachers from non-European countries) on the application for assessment of the equivalence of your teacher training and further information can be found here.

Note: Currently, there are long waiting times for the processing of applications by the Ministry of Education. Therefore, it is advisable to submit the application as early as possible (proof of German language skills is not required for the application).

Support through the "Back to School" program

If you would like assistance with the application, please feel free to contact Dr. Katrin Schumacher  (katrin.schumacher@uni-vechta.de). To prepare for the adaptation course, we offer various German intensive courses. Interested parties can also participate in workshops on key qualifications and practical school topics.

Step 2: Enrollment at Vechta University

Once you have received the decision from the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs and the required proof of language proficiency, you can enroll in the university part of the adaptation course.

Enrollment takes place via an online portal. The application deadline is 31.03. for the summer semester and 30.09. for the winter semester (however, we strongly recommend an early application so that the individual study plan can be prepared in time for the start of lectures).

For the subjects Physical Education, English, Design/Crafts, and Music, a qualifying examination has to be taken or an equivalent performance has to be recognized by the corresponding subject.

Note: There is no admission restriction for the adaptation course. This means that all applicants who meet the requirements and apply properly will be granted a place in the course.

Support through the "Back to School" program

Of course, we are pleasured to assist you with enrollment if necessary. In this case, please contact Dr. Katrin Schumacher (katrin.schumacher@uni-vechta.de).

Step 3: Study (university part of the adaptation course)

After your application, the study program coordination will prepare an individual study plan for you based on the assessment of the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs (in consultation with the study subjects concerned), which contains the modules that must be studied successfully.

Depending on the assessment, the curriculum contains content from educational sciences, the first subject and the second subject (e.g. if the second subject is missing, 50 CP in the second subject for the teaching profession at secondary modern schools).

Note: For students in the adaptation course at the University of Vechta, the module "General School Internship" ("Allgemeines Schulpraktikum") (9 CP) in the area of "Educational Sciences" can also be included as part of the individual study plan determined by the university - provided that the decision of the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs provides for the corresponding credit points. In this way, students in the adaptation course can gain accompanied practical experience in the German school system prior to the school internship.

Support through the "Back to School" program

We support students in the adaptation course individually (e.g. with the preparation of the timetable) and through various mentoring programs. If interested, participation in our German intensive course is also possible. In addition, workshops and events on key qualifications and practical school topics are offered.

Step 4: practical school training and graduation

If the evaluation of the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs requires a period of practical school training, this follows on from the studies (analogous to the preparatory service). It takes place in an employment relationship with the state of Lower Saxony and is remunerated. If the practical school training is successfully completed, the Ministry of Education confirms the recognition/equivalence of the teacher training.

Graduates can then apply to become regular teachers.

Further information

The following groups of people (even if they have sometimes worked as a teacher in their home country) cannot receive an evaluation by the Ministry of Education and therefore cannot complete an adaptation course:

  • Teachers without an academic degree (i.e., teachers with a non-academic teaching degree).
  • Teachers without a formal teaching qualification (i.e. teachers with an academic degree but without full teacher training; this applies, for example, to persons from countries in which a teacher examination or a probationary year must still be taken after graduation and who are unable to present this).
  • Teacher training students from abroad without a degree

Teachers to whom this applies can contact Vechta University directly in order to apply for recognition of competencies (or crediting of competencies acquired outside of the university) and to be placed in a higher semester of the teacher training program (Bachelor Combined Studies or Master of Education).

The Coordination of Family-Friendly Universities will be pleasured to advise you on the compatibility of studies and family and on compensatory arrangements to make your studies more family-friendly!

 

 

 

 

 



supported by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


This project is co-financed by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.