Above all professionals, a teacher enjoys the highest degree of respect in our society because they have the power to shape the future generations. For this reason, the second president of India and recipient of Bharat Ratna, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan feels that teachers should be the best minds in the country. So we started celebrating his birthday, Sep 5, as Teacher's Day. It is quite easy for us to write about the careers in teaching; however, this profession requires passion because they deal with delicate minds besides handling a group of individuals at a time.
The opportunities for teachers are always high across the world and there is no exception in India. An individual can take up this profession by choosing a subject of their choice such as mathematics, physics and chemistry. The jobs for the teachers are available in government and private schools. However, the government-school teachers enjoy more benefits. One can also look for jobs as lecturers in colleges, which require a special entrance examination and master's degree. Let's tour all about this profession in detail.
How To Become A Teacher
If you are passionate to become a teacher, there are several options such as Diploma in Teachers Education (DTed), a Bachelor in Education (BEd) and a Master in Education (MEd). Two years are required for the diploma/bachelor's course and one year for pursuing master's, which allows you to teach at any educational institution in the country. Apart from the above courses, one can also choose various programmes in private institutions in order to nourish their teaching experience.
- 10+2 is required to pursue DTed.
- A three-year graduation such as BA, BSc and BCom is required for pursuing the BEd course.
- BEd is required in order to take up master's in a specific subject.
DTed, BEd & MEd: Know The Basic Differences
DTed is required to teach from nursery to class 7. Starting from maths to arts, DTed trains candidates in every subject. If you want to teach above classes, you should have a BEd, which will let you to teach up to class 12. The BEd focuses more on the learning part which can be pursued only after a three-year graduate degree. The MEd focuses on the specific subject or branch.
Entrance Exams For A Teacher
- One can also look for Teacher Eligibility Test (TET), which is a state-level entrance test conducted by the respective state.
- If you deserve to teach in the schools of the central government, such as Kendriya Vidyalaya, one can prefer Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) conducted by Central Board Of Secondary Education (CBSE).
- After completing BEd, one can take the national-level entrance exam, National Eligibility Test (NET). This is conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) that makes you eligible for the post of Assistant Professor all over the country.
Career Opportunities For Teachers
To be honest, the job prospects for a teacher is with zero tension but full of responsibilities. Most of them will enjoy a regular job timing, i.e., 9-5. The opportunities are plenty for teachers who have met all the prerequisites. Thousands of vacancies were issued every year for teachers in government schools such as Kendriya Vidyalaya. Apart from schools, one can also find opportunities in private schools. The career will be lucrative for candidates who have a certificate in MEd.
Teacher Pay Scales
Undeniably, one who serves at government schools gets a respectable pay besides other benefits. Due to the pay commission, teachers at government schools need not worry about the pay revisions. As for now, the grade pay for a teacher at government schools is around thirty thousand. Some private schools offer lower salaries. However, teachers at international schools will get impressive packages.