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B.Ed course for prospective educators with Prof. Gyanendra

By Moakala T Aier Updated: May 21, 2024 10:53 pm

DIMAPUR — With expertise in teacher education, educational research and statistics, guidance and counseling, educational administration and management, Prof. Gyanendra Nath Tiwari, Head of Department (HoD), Teacher Education at Nagaland University, Kohima Campus, Meriema continues to shape the future of education, ensuring a robust framework for upcoming educators.

His has written 14 books, alongside with more than 40 research papers in national and international journals, while his innovative practices in education over two decades have earned him Shree Shikshak Gaurav Samman (2020), National Excellence Award (2021) for Innovative Practices in Education and Shiksha-Bhusan Samman, Nepal (2023).

The HoD, who is currently serving in several academic bodies including Indian Association of Teacher Educators, North East Region, as regional secretary, speaks about the B.Ed (Bachelor of Education) course, its scope and more, in an interview with Eastern Mirror.

Can you share us the importance of  B.Ed course?

The B.Ed course is crucial for developing pedagogical knowledge and effective teaching skills including classroom management and curriculum development. It prepares individuals to educate secondary students. B.Ed goes beyond content knowledge and prepares them to nurture young minds and become successful educators.

Who can take this course: Anyone with a bachelor’s degree in any stream can pursue a B.Ed program.

Skills required: Ideal candidates possess patience, strong communication, empathy, subject knowledge, and a passion for teaching.


What is the difference between B.Ed and D.El.Ed?

The B.Ed (Bachelor of Education) is a two-year professional degree programme after graduation that qualifies to teach at the secondary levels, focusing on pedagogy and subject expertise.  D.El.Ed (Diploma in Elementary Education) is a two-year diploma program pursued after Class 12 that equips individuals to teach primary school children (grades 1-5) and aimed at training teachers for primary education, emphasising foundational teaching methods and child development. NCTE (National Council for Teacher Education) is a statutory government body that gives recognition to colleges and universities to run both of these programmes.

Can you highlight the curriculum of B.Ed programme under Nagaland University?

Nagaland University’s B.Ed programme balances theoretical knowledge (educational psychology, learning theories, assessment techniques, and subject-specific pedagogy) with practical application through internships, micro-teaching, and project work in inclusive education and ICT integration. This comprehensive approach ensures graduates are well-prepared for both classroom teaching and educational administration.

What factor should one consider when deciding on a college for a B.Ed degree?

When choosing a college for  B.Ed degree, consider accreditation by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), faculty qualifications, infrastructure, practical training facilities, and placement records. These factors ensure a high-quality education and better career opportunities.


What further education or certifications would enhance the career prospects after completing the course?

After a B.Ed, pursuing M.Ed (Master of Education), specialized certifications in educational technology, inclusive education, or pursuing a Ph.D. in Education can significantly enhance career prospects and open up roles in administration, policy-making, and higher education.

Can you explain the Integrated Teacher Education Programme (ITEP) introduced in NEP 2020 and how it compares to courses like B.Ed?

The Integrated Teacher Education Programme (ITEP), introduced by NEP 2020, offers a streamlined path to becoming a teacher. This four-year program integrates undergraduate studies with teacher training, unlike the traditional B.Ed. pursued after graduation. ITEP provides a comprehensive approach, and several colleges affiliated to Nagaland University are working towards obtaining recognition for this program in the coming future.

What exams can one take after completing B.Ed, and how should students prepare?

After completing a B.Ed or D.El.Ed, one can take the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) or Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) for eligibility to teach in schools. Preparation should include understanding the syllabus, regular practice, solving previous years’ papers, and taking mock tests.

How does the demand for teachers with these qualifications vary across schools?

The demand is generally high across both government and private schools. Government schools often require passing TET exams, while private schools may emphasize qualifications and experience. Advancement opportunities: With a B.Ed degree, teachers can advance to roles like headteacher, administrator, or educational consultant.


What options do B.Ed degree holders have if job opportunities are scarce in the teaching field?

B.Ed holders can explore roles in educational content development, online tutoring, educational consulting, and positions in NGOs or educational foundations. They can also pursue further studies to diversify their career options.

How does the cost-benefit analysis look for the course in terms of investment versus potential earnings?

While the upfront investment in a B.Ed course is moderate, the potential for substantial earnings, particularly with experience and additional qualifications, makes it a worthwhile pursuit. This degree opens doors to stable job prospects and advancement opportunities within the education sector, especially in government schools where the demand for qualified teachers is growing. Ultimately, a B.Ed. can lead to a fulfilling career offering both good salary and job security.


A quick tip for new teachers:

Be patient and adaptable; every student learns differently. Build rapport with your students, create a positive learning environment, and celebrate their achievements, big or small.

Three reasons why you love your profession:

•             Shaping young minds and inspiring a love for learning.

•             The intellectual challenge of staying abreast of educational advancements.

•             Witnessing the transformation of students into confident individuals.

Best way to rest after a hectic day/week:

Meditate. Spending time in nature, connecting with loved ones, and engaging in hobbies that bring joy and relaxation.

By Moakala T Aier Updated: May 21, 2024 10:53:53 pm
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