After your graduation
Upon graduation you will receive a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree, together with the International Diploma Supplement (IDS) in English. With Germany's role in the EU and international trade, we expect job prospects for German teachers to remain excellent, further influenced by teacher shortages and demand from the job market. In the Netherlands, it is compulsory for secondary school students to learn two to three foreign languages for at least three years. Currently, German is the most widely taught foreign language after English, even at vocational schools and schools for adult education. This presents a unique opportunity for future German teachers who would like to teach the language to a broad audience and on a variety of levels.
Career prospects for German teachers
With your degree, you may work in the lower years of Dutch secondary education or at vocational and language schools. You could also become a freelancer and teach/tutor privately, write course books or exam materials or work in teacher training.
You bring the language, literature and culture of the German-speaking countries to young minds in a stimulating manner, using many different teaching methods. You also guide and mentor children and young adults on their journey towards adulthood.
You focus on the use of German in the workplace, training young adults attending vocational school (MBO or ROC in Dutch) and preparing them for their future jobs.
At a language institute or adult learning centre in the Netherlands or abroad, you teach German to people from all ages and backgrounds.
You keep up to date with the latest in (online) learning methods and you create course materials that are easy and fun to use. Or, you focus on course objectives and create exams to test participants.
If you want to combine a career with another job, or continued studies, you can choose to go freelance. You may give private German lessons, or tutor students and help with homework. The choices are endless.
You can start working at
- Dutch high schools
- Dutch vocational schools
- Language institutes around the world
- Governmental institutions
Keep on studying after earning your degree?
After your graduation, you may continue your education towards a Master's degree at a college or university around the world. In some cases, you may need a special minor to enrol, or follow an extra preparation course which may take up to a year.
Students who speak Dutch can continue their studies with a Master of Education.
Stay in touch
We like keeping in touch with former students, and we recommend you to do the same. They are an excellent source of information about what is happening in your field. And in the connected world of today, a good network is of great value, allowing you to find out about job opportunities at first hand and continue your personal and professional development.