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Studienrat

English translation: tenured secondary school teacher

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German term or phrase:Studienrat
English translation:tenured secondary school teacher
Entered by: Kim Metzger
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12:53 Sep 28, 2000
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Social Sciences - Education / Pedagogy
German term or phrase: Studienrat
Name of an "Abschlußprüfung" at the Free University Berlin. Is that the name of a degree?
Gregory Mehrten
United States
Local time: 16:24
I think Johanna has it about right
Explanation:
A Studienrat is more than a "simple teacher" (I guess I'm allowed to say that since I am a simple teacher myself)

1) You become a Studienrat after several years of teaching practice at a secondary school in Germany, after all the stages Johanne describes.

2) If it really is an Abschlußprüfung/final exam title, then the only possibility is that the people who take this have a teaching "permit" for a certain type of school, i.e. the German Gymnasium. This is the only school type where every teacher almost automatically is a Studienrat - in all other school types you have to earn this degree by teaching for a longer time.
To get this, the normal teacher training at a German university is necessary, plus a couple of extra subjects and seminars which would then explain the "higher" title of Studienrat for people who just finished their studies.

I hope you're familiar with the German system of Hauptschule, Realschule and Gymnasium - because it's really difficult to sum it up in a few words.

HTH
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Sibyl Marquardt
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Summary of answers provided
na +1Teacher at a secondary school
Johanna Timm, PhD
nasenior teacher (at a secondary school)Randi Stenstrop
naI think Johanna has it about rightSibyl Marquardt
naSee belowCami Townsend
nateacherJohn Speese


  

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Explanation:
Oxford-Duden describes a "Studienrat" as an established or tenured teacher at the secondary level, noting that the title was an honorary one conferred on teachers in the former GDR. This implies to me that the title is given after several years of experience, so it wouldn't make sense that this would be a degree or the name of a final examination in a course of study. Maybe somebody else has some insight.

Cami Townsend
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15 mins
teacher


Explanation:
This is just a fancy term for Lehrer (teacher). Passing an Abschlusspruefung in this would thus give you a teaching degree.

John Speese
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16 mins peer agreement (net): +1
Teacher at a secondary school


Explanation:

Actually, it is neither- it is a professional title of a public servant, namely of a teacher at a secondary school who has served in his/her profession for several years after the second state examination.
There are various steps involved before you can call yourself a Studienrat- Studienreferendar, -assessor. After you have served as a Studienrat for some time, you might be promoted to Studiendirektor.
HTH !


    Muret Sanders
Johanna Timm, PhD
Canada
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12 hrs
I think Johanna has it about right


Explanation:
A Studienrat is more than a "simple teacher" (I guess I'm allowed to say that since I am a simple teacher myself)

1) You become a Studienrat after several years of teaching practice at a secondary school in Germany, after all the stages Johanne describes.

2) If it really is an Abschlußprüfung/final exam title, then the only possibility is that the people who take this have a teaching "permit" for a certain type of school, i.e. the German Gymnasium. This is the only school type where every teacher almost automatically is a Studienrat - in all other school types you have to earn this degree by teaching for a longer time.
To get this, the normal teacher training at a German university is necessary, plus a couple of extra subjects and seminars which would then explain the "higher" title of Studienrat for people who just finished their studies.

I hope you're familiar with the German system of Hauptschule, Realschule and Gymnasium - because it's really difficult to sum it up in a few words.

HTH
Sibyl


    me and myself
Sibyl Marquardt
Italy
Local time: 22:24
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Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
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1 day1 hr
senior teacher (at a secondary school)


Explanation:
I think Johanna has given a very good answer - although I do think it should be "senior teacher", since you have to go through several stages to become a Studienrat.

Randi Stenstrop
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Native speaker of: Native in DanishDanish
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Jul 13, 2011 - Changes made by Ulrike Kraemer:
FieldOther » Social Sciences
Field (specific)(none) » Education / Pedagogy


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