Recognition of Social Education professions earned abroad

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Professional qualifications in the fields of social work/social education, early childhood or special needs education that are earned abroad may be officially recognised upon application subject to the provisions of the Act on the Recognition of Social Education and Social Service Professions in the Federal State of Berlin.

Foreign academic diplomas

The Social Education professions

  • Early childhood educator
  • Social worker/ Social education worker (B.A.)
  • Special needs educator (B.A.)

are regulated by state recognition. The equivalence of your professional qualification with the professions listed above is assessed upon application.

The following application documents will be required:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Proof of identification (copy of passport or identity card)
  4. Copy of the police registration in the Federal State of Berlin (registration at the Residents’ Registration Office) If you are not yet a resident of Berlin, you will need evidence of your intention to work in Berlin. This could be a copy of an employment contract or evidence of contact with an employer in Berlin. At the very least, we will require a statement that you intend to work in Berlin.
  5. Copy of the marriage certificate in the event of a change of name
  6. Copy of the original diploma
  7. Copy of a summary of the subjects and marks (e.g. Diploma Supplement, student’s record book)
  8. Proof of relevant working experience in this field, if any, and other certificates of competence (diploma supplement/study book)
  9. A licence to practise the profession in the country in which the professional qualification was obtained if such profession is regulated in that country.
  10. Translations of the documents listed in 5. to 9. into German by a sworn translator.

Foreign diplomas from vocational trainings

The Social Education professions

  • Child and youth care worker
  • Special needs educator

are regulated by state recognition. The equivalence of your professional qualification with the professions listed above is assessed upon application.

  1. Completed application form
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Proof of identification (copy of passport or identity card)
  4. Copy of the police registration in the Federal State of Berlin (registration at the Residents’ Registration Office) If you are not yet a resident of Berlin, you will need evidence of your intention to work in Berlin. This could be a copy of an employment contract or evidence of contact with an employer in Berlin. At the very least, we will require a statement that you intend to work in Berlin.
  5. Copy of the marriage certificate in the event of a change of name
  6. Copy of the original general school certificate or proof of the university entry exam
  7. Copy of the original certificate of vocational qualification
  8. Copy of a summary of the subjects and marks
  9. Proof of relevant working experience in this field, if any, and other certificates of competence
  10. A licence to practise the profession in the country in which the professional qualification was obtained if such profession is regulated in that country.
  11. Translations of the documents listed in 5. to 10. into German by a sworn translator.

General Information for applications

Please note that you are always required to submit your application in the federal state in which you reside.

Consultation by phone

Tuesday from 14 to 16 h
Thursday from 10 to 12 h

Address for applicants with residence in the Federal State of Berlin

Please do not submit your application documents by e-mail, as the receipt of large quantities of data cannot be guaranteed. Send your complete application documents by post to:
  • Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie
    [Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family]
    V D 11
    Bernhard-Weiß-Straße 6
    10178 Berlin

Translations

You do not require a German translation for documents which were originally issued in English.
Translations of foreign documents which are not written in the Latin alphabet must additionally include a transliteration of the professional title in accordance with the ISO standard.

Other educational professional qualifications

Foreign teacher training is not equivalent to the above mentioned social educational professions, with the exception of pre-school teachers. For further information on the recognition of foreign educational professional qualifications, please click here.

Employment opportunities during the recognition process

There are opportunities to obtain employment in the social educational sector during the recognition process by means of facilities for lateral entrants.For more information click here.

With regard to other fields of work, the employer may obtain a special permit from the competent supervisory authority to employ a so-called lateral entrant.

Frequently asked questions

  • Who can help me with my application?

    Initial contact points at the Network Integration by Qualification (Netzwerk Integration durch Qualifizierung) will assist you in the application procedure. erhalten.

  • Which German educational professional qualification is equivalent to my foreign professional qualification?

    For further information please refer to the database anabin of the Central Office for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen – ZAB).

  • How long will it take to process my application?

    If all application documents have been submitted, it will normally take three months.

  • How much do I have to pay for the official recognition?

    An administrative fee in the total amount of EUR 96 for the recognition of higher education qualifications and EUR 100 for the recognition of qualifications from technical school will be charged.

  • Can I also apply for recognition online?

    Via the Point of Single Contact EA Berlin you can fill in and submit your application online.

    Ask for consultation by phone if you are not sure which reference occupation you should apply for:

    Tuesday from 14 to 16 h
    Thursday from 10 to 12 h

Further information

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