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In India, Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) is a course offered for those interested in pursuing career in teaching. The B.Ed degree is mandatory for teaching in higher primary schools and high schools. The minimum qualification required for entry into B.Ed. course is Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) or Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com). While students from arts stream are trained to teach subjects like history, civics, geography and languages. The students from science stream are trained to teach mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. After BEd, students can pursue Master in Education (M.Ed.) in Indian universities. National Council for Teacher Education is statutory body which regulates courses in teaching in India. The Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.) program is a four-year integrated professional degree program of Elementary Teacher Education offered after the senior secondary (class XII) stage of school, the program is an attempt towards fulfilling the need for professionally qualified elementary school teachers. B.El.Ed. is designed to integrate the study of subject knowledge, human development, and tutorial knowledge and communication skills. Both professional and academic options are available to students who graduate with a B.El.Ed degree.

There is a course called Diploma in Education (D.Ed.) or TCH meant for teaching in primary and nursery schools in India. However the qualification for admission to this course is pass in pre university course.

The duration of the course is still under debate. Usually it is one-year course. But an open university like Indira Gandhi National University (IGNOU) offers B. Ed course with a minimum duration of two years. The Right of Free and Compulsory Education for Children (RTE Act-2009) came into force as an act from April 2010. The act emphasis on the quality education for every child. Therefore to improve the quality in education, the quality of teachers must be a crucial factor. With a view to bring quality in education, the entry level percentage to B. Ed has been fixed at 45 percent for Scheduled Cast and Scheduled Tribes 50 percent for general.

To teach at the university you will need a PHD. Some colleges might let you get in but it's very unlikely. You could look into teaching at a JC but they are very competitive and everyone wants to do it.

Many teachers obtain a master's degree in education, which can open many doors in their career. As a classroom teacher, getting this advanced degree means an automatic pay raise, as you are now equipped with advanced skills and knowledge within the field of education. Other teachers get a Master of Education degree so that they can move up to an administrative position. These are the most common reasons that teachers pursue an M.Ed., and many get help from their employers to pay for it.

There are lots of opportunities with an education degree. If it is for teaching school aged children, think of all the things children are involved in besides school. A good place to look for these sorts of jobs would be with the city since in most places it is the city that runs community centres and so on. Also, remember that teaching doesn't have to mean in a classroom at a school. It can be a useful degree for HR positions at many companies where perhaps you could be involved in the hiring and training of new employees. Finally, don't forget that no degree is a complete waste. Many companies look at the fact that you have a degree as impressive even if it is not related to the field. A degree helps show that you are a hard worker and that you have the ability to learn.

I can look for work now with my Bachelor of Education. Depending on my interests and experience, possible job titles include:

  • Kindergarten and Elementary
  • School Teacher
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • English as a Second Language Teacher
  • Child Care Worker
  • Sports Program Supervisor
  • Instructor in Recreation & Sport
  • Special Education Assistant
  • Manager/Administrator of After School Programs
  • Adult Education Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Corporate Learning and Professional Development
  • Program Developer Coach
  • Camp Manager/Administrator
  • Inclusive/Special Needs Educator
  • Sales Person for Educational Materials
  • Education Technology Developer/Facilitator
  • School Principal or Vice
  • Principal
  • College Instructor
  • Program Administrator
  • Career Counsellor

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