Over the years, B.Ed. courses have emerged as a much sought after degree among the students. This course is of great use for those who wish to take teaching as their profession. The fact that Government has made B.Ed. courses as a prerequisite for teaching jobs adds to its significance. The undertaking of the course also help the teacher in extending methodological services during the tenure of the job making it a high quality profession.
A candidate who has followed 10+2+3 pattern or an equivalent is eligible to pursue B.Ed. Course. The under graduation can be of any discipline from any of the recognized Universities in India or abroad. The admission to B.Ed. courses is generally based on merit and the student’s performance in interview.
B.Ed. Course extends over a period of a year made up of two semesters. A few Universities offer two year B.Ed. courses also. As per UGC norms, if students undertaking the B.Ed. Courses fail to have 80% attendance in both theory and practical sessions, they shall be required to attend the additional term. The exams are conducted in each semester and the overall marks scored in each semester is calculated at the end of the B.Ed. Courses.
Some of the specializations offered in B.Ed. Courses are languages like English or subjects like Natural Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, Social Studies etc. Students are given the liberty of choosing elective papers in the respective semesters. B.Ed. Courses give equal importance to theory as well as practicum and mold the students to well trained teachers who can maintain a good rapport with pupils. Some of the specialized courses include Home Science and Special education and B.Ed. in special-Hearing impairment. The teacher education programs also extend to the Physical Education, Sports and Performing Arts.
There are plenty of Colleges and Universities in India offering the B.Ed. Courses. Central University like IGNOU and many State Open Universities provide B.Ed. Courses in distance mode. Colleges under reputed Universities in various states of the country conduct the B.Ed. Courses and a large population of students graduate as teachers in the country. Some of the top ranked B.Ed. Colleges in the country conducting the B.Ed. Courses are the Regional Institutes of Education in which there are many disciplines in which teacher education programs are imparted. Some of the top institutes in India known for teacher education also include the Teacher education colleges established by the Human Resources Department under the Government of India.