There is currently a shortage of teachers in Germany. At the same time, qualified refugee teachers are looking for career prospects in Germany. Since spring 2020, the International Office, the Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education/Intercultural Educational Research and the Zentrum für LehrerInnenbildung (ZfL) at the University of Cologne have been jointly offering the programme LehrkräftePLUS Köln. This programme enables participants who have trained and worked abroad to improve their language and subject knowledge and gain practical experience at schools in Germany in order to improve their professional opportunities in the German education system.
The one-year further qualification programme includes German courses to prepare participants for a C1 German exam, university seminars in educational science and didactics in school subjects. Participants complete supervised internships in schools and receive individual advice about their future career prospects.
The programme LehrkräftePLUS Köln consists of a preparatory German course and four parallel modules:
- German course with a special focus on school and teaching
- Seminars in educational science and subject didactics
- Accompanied internships at schools in the Cologne area
- Individual career counselling
LehrkräftePLUS Köln builds upon experience from the programme for refugee teachers at the University of Cologne (2018 - 2020).
Please note: Those interested in LehrkräftePLUS Köln can apply from 10.01.2023 to 28.02.2022. The next program period is from August 2023 to September 2024. Application is only possible after the participation in a mandatory information event (Tuesdays 5 to 7 p.m.).
At a glance
The programme LehrkräftePLUS Köln enables refugee teachers to expand their linguistic and professional knowledge and gain practical experience at schools in order to improve their professional opportunities in the German education system.
LehrkräftePLUS Köln is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as part of the NRWege Leuchttürme programme.
1st intake: August 2020 – August 2021
2nd intake: August 2021 – August 2022
Dr. Henrike Terhart
Dr. Susanne Preuschoff (International Office)
Other project participants
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Roth