One of the most noble professions that anyone can fathom, teaching, has existed since generations. What began as an age-old practise of passing concepts and ideas by word of mouth, soon changed its form and teaching began to be associated with the gurukula system (wherein the students would go to live in the teacher's house, who will impart knowledge to the students in such a quiet ambience that is holistic to learning).
With time (the British colonial rule did have a major role to play in this) all of this gave way to the modern education system and teaching became a much more organised profession.
Things began to change and a graduate degree became the prerequisite for teaching at any level. Specialised courses like BEd came into the picture and only those who had this degree were deemed fit for the job.
Soon a bachelor's degree in education was not considered to be enough and organisations started demanding a master's degree as well. Thus, a number of institutions started offering the same. In such a situation it became very difficult for students to make a pick as to which institution is good and which one is not. To help such students, here is a list of top 10 institutes in the country that offer a master's degree in education.
1. Department Of Education, University Of Delhi, New Delhi
This was the first institute in professional learning and research in the field of education to be established in independent India. It was established way back in 1947, this institution has constantly evolved and worked towards solving the dynamic educational problems of the country.
Its unique philosophy which reflects in its academic program is something that has ensured that every student who graduates from this place becomes a model teacher. The MEd fee here is Rs 30,000 per year.
2. Faculty Of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia University, South Delhi
This institute focuses a lot on the personality developments of its students and encourages them to participate in NSS and other co-curricular activities. This institute also focuses on research activities for its MEd students and makes significant contributions to programs of other premier institutions like NIOS, IGNOU, NCERT and NUEPA.
Another interesting attribute of this course is the fact that importance is laid not only on the pursuit of English, but the courses are also held in Urdu and Hindi in an endeavour to produce quality teachers in vernacular medium as well.
3. University School Of Education, GGSIPU University, New Delhi
The fee structure here is pretty nominal and comes down to about Rs 23,000 per year. The speciality of this course is the fact that the subjects are very evenly distributed and due stress is laid on all the aspects of this course.
The fact that teaching for specially abled children is treated as a separate subject is commendable to say the least. It also offers a lot of choice with respect to electives.
4. Department Of Education, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
With a fee structure of a mere Rs 15,000 for the entire course, this institute ensures that the dearth of money can never be a hindrance to quality education. To get admission to this coveted institution one needs to have very good grades in their undergraduate BEd program.
In addition to that they will have to clear the entrance test that is set by this institution. Only the top of the creamy layer make their way to this institution
5. Department Of Education, Bangalore University, Bengaluru
The fee structure for the MEd course is somewhere close to Rs 50,000. The exceptional library of this institute ensures that the students get into the habit of regular reading. This habit comes of use to them when they become teachers and have to prepare class notes on their own.
6. Faculty Of Education, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
This institute offers master's program in education that trains its students to teach traditional Indian values to their students while keeping up with the global standards. This is one of the most holistic courses in the list.
7. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi
IGNOU stands apart from all others in terms of the fact that it offers master's courses in distance so that students can pursue higher studies while parallelly working. It is particularly feasible for teachers who are already working and have a BEd degree but want to improve their teaching abilities.
8. Institute Of Advanced Study In Education, Osmania University, Hyderabad
Approved by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), this institution is one that stands apart from all others in terms of the quality of education that it offers to its students.
The course structure here is such that the students are given a lot of exposure to practical teaching methodologies. All of this in turn ensures that the students make exceptional teachers themselves.
9. A.W.H College Of Education, Calicut
Established in 1996, the speciality of this college lies in its infrastructure. With a building sprawling over five storeys, this institution ensures that a minimum of 50% of the seats are for students of the merit background.
As this institution is run by the Association for Welfare of the Handicapped, a major portion of the income of this institution goes to charity - that is where the money that comes from the other 50% of the seats (the management seats) goes to.
10. Department Of Education, University Of Mumbai, Mumbai
One of the most important things that this institution successfully carries out is the fact that it reaches out to other educational institutions in the areas of teaching technology, education management and research methodology in social sciences.
The training imparted at the master's program of this institution lays particular emphasis on the training of middle level managers of education so that they can manage the institution under their control both from a personal as well as from a societal aspect.