Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.)

In this article, we will have an in-depth analysis of B.El.Ed. course. B.El.Ed. stands for Bachelor of Elementary Education. It is an undergraduate level bachelor’s degree course (4 years long). Students who have completed 10+2 standard are eligible to pursue this course. This article covers topics like – course details, eligibility criteria, admission process, syllabus and career prospects.

B.El.Ed. course
Technically speaking, B.El.Ed. is a teacher training course. This course has been designed to instill teaching skills in 10+2 passed students. The course develops 10+2 passed students into skilled and knowledgeable teachers (elementary level). In short, this course caters to the elementary level teachers’ work force in India.
Course Duration: 4 Years
Eligibility Criteria: 10+2 passed
Qualification Awarded: Bachelor’s Degree
B.El.Ed. is a job oriented course too! This qualification can help you get government as well as private sector jobs in India!
B.El.Ed. course focuses on topics such as – communication skills, teaching skills, human and child development, subject-wise knowledge and relevant theory classes/courses. The academic program is a holistic mixture of traditional classroom lectures and hands on practical sessions.
In cases of most of the institutes offering this course, the 4 years long academic program is divided into two phases. The fist phase – 3 years – focuses on classroom lectures and theory subjects. The remaining 1 year is dedicated towards practical training.
The syllabus can roughly be divided into the following parts – foundation courses, core courses, pedagogy courses, subject-wise courses and practical training. By the end of the academic program, students will be well versed in topics like – child development and learning, teaching skills, pedagogy and elementary level subjects.
NCTE is the body that looks after the quality of B.El.Ed. course and institutes offering this course. NCTE stands for National Council for Teacher Education. If you are interested in pursuing this course, make sure that you do it from an institute recognized by the NCTE!
Come, let us check out the course details now –
As the name suggests, B.El.Ed. is a Bachelor’s Degree course. It is an undergraduate level academic program.
The academic program is 4 years long.
10+2 passed (in any stream – Arts, Commerce or Science) or its equivalent is the minimum qualification required.
Reputed institutes follow merit based admission process. Majority of institutes conduct a common entrance test to select deserving candidates. Name/nature of entrance test may vary from one state to another. Few institutes are known to conduct private (institute-wise) entrance tests.
As I mentioned before, B.El.Ed. academic program boasts of a holistic mixture of classroom lectures and practical sessions. The academic program is basically made of two types of courses –
Theory Courses
Practicum Courses
Theory courses include –
Foundation courses
Core courses
Pedagogy courses
Liberal courses
Specialized courses in Education
Practicum courses include –
Performing and Fine Arts
Crafts and Physical Education
Observing children
School contact program
Self development workshops
Classroom management and Material development
Academic enrichment activities
Story telling and children’s literature
School internship
B.El.Ed. graduates have diverse job opportunities available in front of them. They may apply for government or private sector jobs. Apart from that, they may also become self-employed!
B.El.Ed. graduates are eligible to don the role of an elementary level teacher at relevant educational institutes. Apart from educational institutes, they may also join NGOs working towards the development of education.
Common recruiters are –
Schools (private, government and community run)
Day care centres
Tuition classes
Graduates may also choose the path of self employment. Under this setup, they may start ventures such as –
Tuition classes
Day care centres
In the above mentioned work setups, B.El.Ed. graduates may don roles like –
Assistant Teacher
Student counselor
Curriculum developer
Starting salary depends upon factors such as – job location, profile of the employer, grades/qualification of the employee etc. Freshers can earn around 10-20K Rupees per month (average figure).
After completing B.El.Ed. course, graduates may go for further studies. They may pursue master’s level courses related to elementary education or individual subjects. Higher education will help one enter the world of research (related to elementary education).

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