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Teaching as a profession is considered noble in society. Only through education can people improve their better standard of living. Teachers are considered instrumental in evolving society. Hence, teaching has come to be recognized as a highly noble occupation.

In the teaching field, there are various areas of specializations and each requires varying skill-sets; also, they differ in their training methods. The primary areas of specialization are inclusive of teaching at middle school, universities, colleges, nursery schools, institutes and special schools (for pupils having specific needs)./p>

Eligibility Criteria for the Teaching Profession in India

To become eligible to teach in India, the aspirants have to achieve their Bachelor in Education (B.Ed) degree. Moreover, a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) degree has to be attained if a student aspires for higher teacher studies. By doing so, they can improve their career prospects. However, the students are required to have thorough knowledge of the subject that they want to teach and also, specialize in.

Students who are looking to specialize in nursery teaching have to attend special training courses at the various universities to be eligible to work as nursery teachers.

Other courses that are helpful in getting a teacher’s job in India include Teacher Training Certificate (TTC), Diploma in Education (D.Ed), Basic Training Certificate (BTC).

Moreover, if an individual is looking to become a fitness instructor, they need to complete the necessary degree, diploma, or certificate courses from any of the India-based sports institutes.
Also, the option of appearing for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) can be availed to become a teacher. CTET is conducted by the CBSE body; and the successful candidates can seek employment in public and private schools. The aspirants can teach classes I – VIII at the educational institutions.

On the other hand, the individuals who are looking to teach in colleges and universities have to become specialists in the field. They are required to complete the Ph.D. or M.Phil. courses after completing their M.A. in a chosen subject.

To become a lecturer in India, the applicants have to clear the National Eligibility Test (NET) exam that is governed by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Thereafter, they can apply to Indian colleges for a job as a lecturer.

Job Prospects in the Teaching Field in India

For pursuing a career as a teacher in India, the aspirants can avail the option of teaching at primary, middle school, secondary school, and pre-primary levels. They can apply to institutes such as Nursery schools, Primary schools, Secondary schools, colleges, play schools, universities, and educational research centers. Also, they can be self-employed by starting their tutorial centers.

However, an individual who has aspirations of teaching in special schools is required to adopt a sensitive approach towards the students.

Salaries of Teachers in India

Where the teaching profession in India is concerned, the salaries of the teachers are not lucrative - unfortunately. The teachers’ salaries tend to vary depending on the schools that they are employed at and also, their educational qualifications as well as training. Additionally, their salary is dependent on the grades that they are teaching.

As per Payscale, in India, the teachers at high schools can expect to earn an average salary of 2.5 LPA at the entry level. Furthermore, the average salary of experienced teachers at the high schools is around 5 LPA.

Also, some India-based schools offer teacher additional benefits such as gratuity, accommodation, pension, amongst others.

Nonetheless, the private education sector is expected to grow at a rapid rate in the coming years. Thus, there is bound to be a revision in teachers’ salaries and hopefully then, more people will want to pursue teaching as a profession.

Skills Required in the Teaching Profession

There are several qualities of a good teacher. However, one of the most important virtues that is desirable in the profession is patience. Also, having effective communication skills is a pre-requisite in the teaching profession. Moreover, the aspirants must be confident and have a penchant for children.

Teaching Institutes/Universities

Amongst the best B.Ed. colleges in India are included:

  • The University of Punjab, Punjab
  • The University of Pune, Pune
  • St Xavier’s College, Patna
  • The Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla
  • The University of Bombay, Mumbai
  • G. Teachers College, Ahmadabad
  • The Jamila Milia Islamia University, Delhi
  • The Kirorimal College of Education, Bhiwani
  • D.M. College of Teacher Education, Imphal
  • The Government College of Education, Chandigarh
  • The Andhra University, Vishakapatnam
  • SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai
  • The Bombay Teacher’s Training College, Mumbai
  • K.J. Somaiya Comprehensive College of Education, Training and Research, Mumbai
  • The Lady Irwin College, Delhi

Other universities that conduct teaching courses in India are:

  • University of Delhi, Delhi
  • Loyola College
  • University of Rajasthan, Jaipur
  • The Jamia Millia University, New Delhi
  • The University of Mumbai, Mumbai
  • The University of Calcutta, Kolkata