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An inclusive BEd MEd course that will enable teachers to become better educators

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019

The three-year BEd-MEd programme will enable learners to become curriculum developers, researchers and educational policy analysts, reports Smriti Mishra

Although the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) introduced the integrated BEd-Med course in 2014, not many universities across the country have been offering this. Till now, there are only 4-5 universities have integrated BEd-MEd programme. 
 
“The integrated programme which has received recognition from the NCTE will offer specialisation in Mathematics, Language, Science and Social Sciences and advanced specialisation in the areas of inclusive education, teaching, pedagogy, education technology and governance,” said Padma M Sarangapani, professor of education, chairperson, Centre for Education, Innovation and Action Research, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The institute that plans to launch the course in the academic session 2020-21, has proposed to the NCTE to allow an easy entry-exit option for the course. Under the provision, students can exit after two years with a BEd degree, while it has an option to allow lateral entry in the second year for students who want to pursue MEd.
 
The three year programme subsumes perspective courses, research, tools and self development (RTS) components and teacher education courses (TEC). “The students will be taught specialisation components including research in education, content cum pedagogy etc,” said Vijay Chechi, head of department of education at Lovely Professional University.
 
After the course, students can further appear for UGC NET or PhD. They can enter into curriculum development or become an educational policy analyst, or a researcher. “As a trained graduate teacher, candidates will initially receive a package of Rs 35,000 in private schools. Moreover, if they pursue NET, they can become lecturers or assistant professors and earn as much as Rs 80,000 a month,” added Sarangapani.
 

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