Fewer students are turning to the teaching profession

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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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