Teaching of psychology in Germany
The German Association was founded in 1978 in Northrhine-Westfalia in order to represent the interests of high school teachers in this state* where the subject was newly established. In 1983 it was extended to the whole area of West Germany, (vocational schools included) and in 1991 activities were extended to the former German Democratic Republic so that it is now a general association open to all psychology teachers in Germany. In 2010 there were 735 members.
* Germany is made up of 16 States, or “Länder”.
Aims and activities:
Psychology as a regular school subject
The conditions for psychology as a regular school subject vary from State to State: most provide the subject at upper secondary level only (age 17-19), and Sachsen-Anhalt is so far the only State where psychology is taught both at lower secondary level (age 14-15) and upper secondary level. In some States it is taught in a 2-semester course (two lessons a week), and in others, a 4 semester course (4 lessons a week) leading to the Abitur.
Only a few universities offer teacher-training in psychology as a school subject, but it is required if psychology is taught as a 4-semester course leading to the Abitur.
The German Psychology Teachers' Association (GPTA) - Verband der Psychologielehrerinnen und -lehrer