Fewer students are turning to the teaching profession


The number of students interested in lateral entry into teacher education is falling, as evidenced by the number of applications and students at Berlin universities. Demand for so-called Q master’s programs, which provide teaching credentials even for bachelor’s graduates who did not study for a bachelor’s degree, fell by a quarter last year.

While universities still received 420 applications for the numerous offers in 2020, in 2021 the number was 313. Likewise, the number of those who started on a master’s degree in side-entry subjects decreased: from 248 to 173. In minus the level in 2021 was still higher than in 2019, according to a response from the Education Administration to a question from CDU MP Adrian Grasse.

Since 2016, universities have successively built courses of study allowing lateral entry into the teaching profession after the license. In a context of teacher shortages, it is perhaps a bitter pill to swallow that in 2021 there were 200 study places – more than ever before (2020: 174) – but that the capacities offered are not were not even fully utilized.

A total of 484 students are currently enrolled in the various Q-Masters programs, more than half of them at Humboldt University for primary education.

The decline at the Freie Universität of the side-entry master’s program for secondary schools and high schools is particularly striking: only 28 students started here, compared to 64 the previous year. The drop was a bit smaller in the side entry for elementary schools at HU, but there too the rush has eased off a bit. UF will not start its Q program for elementary education until this winter semester.

There is also room for improvement in the allocation of the Berlin Teaching Fellowship, which was introduced in 2018/19 for Q Masters students. It was only in one year – 2020 – that the funds available for 100 scholarships have been fully utilized. In 2021, the rate was 69%. The CDU’s Adrian Grasse called the figures “deplorable”, saying: “This is an area where we need to both get to the bottom of the causes and counter them with targeted measures.”

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