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Applying for recognition of teaching qualifications acquired in the GDR

You can also apply for an examination of the equivalence of your teaching qualification acquired in the GDR outside of a recruitment procedure.

Process flow

The decision on the equivalence of a teacher training examination acquired in the GDR is generally made as part of the application procedure for recruitment to the preparatory service or school service. A separate application for a determination of the equivalence of the teacher training examination or the teaching qualification is not required.

If, exceptionally, a decision on the determination of equivalence is required outside the recruitment procedure, a written request to that effect must be submitted. Once the application has been reviewed, you will receive a notification of recognition or rejection.

Who should I contact?

Please contact the locally responsible Regional State Offices for Schools and Education


You have acquired a teaching qualification in the former GDR.

Which documents are required?

In the case of an examination of the equivalence of the teacher training examination outside the recruitment procedure for the preparatory service or school service, the following documents must be attached to the application:

  • a tabular list of the training courses completed and the activities carried out,
  • official certified copies of the complete graduation documents (e.g. certificate and diploma certificate),
  • if the current name differs from the name on the certificate of qualification, a copy of the marriage certificate, civil partnership certificate or name change,
  • further documents required for the equivalence check may be requested at a later date.

If you would like to be employed as a teacher in the preparatory service or in the school service, you can find out about the required documents on the following websites:

Applications / forms

Forms available: No

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: Yes

Personal appearance required: No

Online services available: No

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs


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competent Bodies

Regionales Landesamt für Schule und Bildung Osnabrück
Address: Mühleneschweg 8, 49090 Osnabrück
Postal address: Post Office Box 35 69, 49025 Osnabrück
Telephone: +49 541 77046-444
Fax: +49 541 77046-300
Address: Friedrichswall 1 , 30159 Hannover
Telephone: 0800 818-8100

Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Stadt Papenburg - Rechnungsprüfung
Postal address: Post Office Box 1755 , 26857 Papenburg
Address: Hauptkanal rechts 68/69, 26871 Papenburg
Telephone: 04961 82-320
Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)