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Recruiting immigrants to the teaching profession

Would you like to be a teacher? Do you enjoy interacting with people from different cultures? Are you interested in sharing your additional language skills and cultural knowledge by becoming a teacher?

Then you will find some important information here about schools as a multicultural working environment:

  • In many German classrooms there are more pupils with foreign roots than “locals”. Many influences from other cultures are increasingly making their mark on school life in Germany.
  • Because of the rising number of pupils with a migration background, there is an urgent need for more teachers with such a background.

Opportunities for teachers with a migration background

As a teacher with a migration background, you can

  • support the promotion of multilingualism in schools
  • help to make key improvements to cooperation with parents with a migration background
  • introduce multiculturalism to the staffroom by making an important contribution to the understanding of different cultures amongst your colleagues
  • be an important role model for successful education careers for migrants above and beyond your work as a teacher.

Job description and education

Our Information collection contains a variety of films that you can watch (in German) on this and other topics by navigating to the "Bilder und Videos" section (see the right-hand column of the German-language version of this article):

  • Berufsbild der Lehrer: Kompetenzen und Bedeutung,
  • Lehramtsstudium,
  • Referendariat und Berufseinstieg

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If you have already trained as a teacher abroad and you would like to have your qualifications recognised so that you can teach here in Germany, you will find important information in an information brochure which the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees will be producing soon containing a great deal of information on this topic.

Date 17 December 2015

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