Afghanistan Côte d'Ivoire Jordanien Mexiko Ägypten Dänemark Kamerun Namibia GOETHE-INSTITUT Algerien Deutschland Kanada Nepal A WORLDWIDE NETWORK Argentinien Ecuador Kasachstan Neuseeland Äthiopien Estland Kenia Niederlande Australien Finnland Kolumbien Nigeria Bangladesh Frankreich Korea Norwegen Belarus Georgien Kroatien Pakistan Belgien Ghana Lettland Palästinensisc São Paulo Paris Istanbul Toronto Bangkok Rotterdam TelAutonomiegeb Aviv Addis Abeba Bolivien Griechenland Libanon Bosnien und Großbritannien Litauen Paraguay Herzegowina Indien Luxemburg Peru Brasilien Indonesien Madagaskar Philippinen Bulgarien Irland Malaysia Polen Chile Israel Mali Portugal China Italien Marokko Rumänien Costa Rica Japan Mazedonien Russland GOETHE-INSTITUT A WORLDWIDE NETWORK São Paulo Paris Istanbul Toronto Bangkok Rotterdam Tel Aviv Addis Abeba Recognition of Teacher Qualifications and Teaching Opportunities in Germany Craig Childers, Language Program Coordinator Goethe-Institut Washington Our Mission To promote the German language as a foreign and second language. To promote international cultural cooperation. To convey a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information about Germany’s cultural, social and political life. 10 At a Glance ■ 149 locations worldwide ■ 136 institutes in 91 countries ■ 10 liaison offices ■ 13 institutes in Germany ■ Non-governmental organization (NGO) ■ Provides services on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany ■ Headquarters in Munich ■ Capital office in Berlin ■ 2.800 employees worldwide 6 Locations worldwide Goethe-Institut – Ein weltumspannendes Netzwerk 7 Locations in Germany and Europe Goethe-Institut – Ein weltumspannendes Netzwerk 8 An American Teacher in Germany ■ Is there recognition of foreign teaching credentials in Germany? Jein! ■ The Federal Republic of Germany is, as its full name indicates, a federation of states (Bundesländer), not wholly unlike the United States of America, when it comes to teacher certification. ■ At the university level, there are more opportunities and less red tape. PhD-holders are judged exclusively on the quality of their research, their reputation and the demand for their talents in highdemand fields. 7 EFL Teaching Opportunities ■ Foreign Language Teaching Assistantships for recent college graduates (Fulbright, US State Department) ■ Private Language Schools (Wall Street Institute, Berlitz, etc.) 8 International Schools ■ Every major city in Germany hosts at least one “international school” ■ Typically, this type of school is a private, independent, K-12, USaccredited school catering to a primarily expatriate clientele ■ A Master’s degree, K-12 certification from any US state and two years of experience will pre-qualify you to begin applying for jobs throughout Germany and all over the world (these qualifications are equivalent to German teaching qualifications) ■ www.iss.edu 9 Department of Defense Schools ■ The DoD also operates dozens of schools in Germany, which are actively recruiting teachers from the US ■ DoD schools provide quality education for the children of military and eligible civilian personnel stationed around the world ■ Competitive salaries and great benefits available at schools in Germany and beyond ■ www.dodea.edu/offices/hr/onlineapplication/default.htm 10 Teaching at German Public Schools ■ Having your credentials recognized in Germany will be a long and difficult process ■ Decide which Bundesland you’d like to work in and focus on that state’s requirements/process ■ Having your qualifications certified/recognized is no guarantee of employment 11 Teaching at German Public Schools ■ There is a shortage of teachers in Germany: some estimate a shortage of 45,000 teachers for the 2010/2011 school year ■ In conjunction with the ongoing discussions about integration, the topic of recognizing immigrants’ qualifications is being discussed/debated at the state and national levels 12 The Future is Bright ■ Currently only 49% of welleducated immigrants in Germany are working in a highly-qualified job, v.s. 70% of native-born Germans (http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/print /d-74549658.html) ■ Studies have shown and state boards of education recognize both the advantages and dire shortage of immigrants as teachers in the classrooms 13 Best Practice Example: TAP ■ The Teacher Acquisition Program (TAP) in NRW is a program to recruit native English speakers to English-language Immersion schools in NRW to teach EFL, as well as content classes in the subject areas of Biology, History and Geography. ■ Good German skills are required. 14 TAP Guidelines ■ Who can apply? ■ Which degree is required? ■ How do I apply? ■ How much can I earn? ■ Answers to these questions and more: www.schulministerium.nrw.de/TAP/jspsrc/tap/daten/guideline.pdf ■ Again: the existence of such programs does not guarantee the availability of job openings 15 Going Forward ■ To meet its current needs and to stay competitive, Germany needs to reform its teacher qualification recognition policies ■ Due to the decentralized state-based education system in Germany, this will take time ■ Innovative states and states where there is a need for highlyqualified English native-speaker teachers, whether as EFL teachers or content teachers in Immersion schools, will achieve the best results with special programs such as TAP 16 More information? www.goethe.de ■ 250,000 webpages ■ 15,000,000 internet hits per month 26 Vielen Dank für Ihre Aufmerksamkeit!