As a teacher, you need to have a Bachelors in Education (B.Ed) degree. Colleges across the country offer these degrees. Some universities offer B.Ed courses by correspondence too. One can do a Masters in Education (M.Ed) later, to add to qualifications. But it is also important to have the necessary in-depth knowledge of the subject you want to teach and are going to specialize in.
As a matter of fact, M. Ed is only required to enhance your possibilities of promotion or getting the next higher grade. In case you want to specialize as a nursery teacher only; you must undergo a special nursery teachers’ training, available at various universities.
Basic Training Certificate (BTC), Diploma in Education (D.Ed) and Teacher Training Certificate (TTC) are other teaching courses in India that can help you get a teaching job.
In case an individual plans to be a games/physical fitness instructor, he/she will require obtaining a certificate/ degree or diploma from any one of the sports institutes located around the country.
Teaching Skills and Attributes
Teaching is often considered an easy-enough job. The common perception is that you need to know your subject, understand the lesson plan, and make it interesting for kids. This is simply not enough. One requires a blend of essential attributes like patience, confidence, liking for and an understanding of children/ students to pursue a teaching career. Teachers must also have the capacity to organize with ease, be friendly and helpful, possess the skill to communicate well, to initiate a liking in their students’ minds even in the case of most boring subjects.
A teacher has to be a friend, philosopher, and guide to his wards.A teacher should be initiative driven, and passionate about the cause and role of teaching in the society. A potential teacher should be always eager to learn continuously.
Teaching Job Prospects
If you are intent on pursuing a teaching career in India, you could teach at the pre-primary, primary, middle school, or high school/secondary school levels. Some of the many institutes you can seek employment with include:
- Play schools
- Nursery schools
- Primary/elementary schools
- Secondary schools
- Educational research institutes
- Self employment by starting institutes/tutorials
- Special schools: it deals with children having physical and mental handicap and learning disabilities. The job involves lot of sensitivity and emotional attachment towards the students with disabilities.