Teaching Profession: Mother of all Professions

Nov 2015

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It can be debatable whether there is a woman behind every successful man, but it is undeniable that there are some great teachers behind all successful men and women.

Considered to be more than profession, teachers are regarded as the strongest pillar of the society. Teaching is a profession that is a mother of all other occupations. A teacher is like a potter who delicately shapes our impressionable minds and mold it into a vessel that defines our perception and ambitions. Teachers have always been respected in all societies. In India, we have a special place for teachers. The famous Sanskrit shloka “Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwara” commands us to honor our teachers as gods. On the other hand, we have seen great teachers like Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, and Dr. Pranab Mukherjee, who have glorified the value of teachers in Indian society. This article is dedicated to all the young minds who want to shape the country with blackboard and chalk.

If you wish to join the noble profession of teaching, here are a few questions you need to ask before you make your mind:

  • Do you love to learn and update yourself?
  • Do you love to be around children?
  • Do you find satisfaction in helping others?
  • Do you enjoy gathering and sharing information?
  • Do you have a command over written and oral communication skills?
  • Do you have teamwork skills?
  • Do you wish to bring a positive change in the society?
  • Finally and most importantly, Do you have tremendous patience?

 

If you answered most of the questions above with a yes, then teaching can just be the best career for you. Here is all you need to know about teaching as a career:

 

Academic Path to Teaching

There are several routes leading towards a career in teaching depending on what type of teacher you want to become. If you wish to become a high school teacher, you’ll need to have a Bachelors in Education (B.Ed) degree. A degree in education equips you with the required theoretical, practical and analytical skills to become a teacher. B.Ed is mostly now a two year course, (whereas it was previously a one year course) and it cannot be pursued along with the basic graduation program unless you go for an integrated B.Ed program. Once you get this degree, you become eligible to work as a secondary school teacher in any private or government schools.

When it comes to college professorship, a post graduate degree in the relevant subject is the minimum qualification. After completing a master’s degree with a minimum of 55%, you’ll have to clear an eligibility test like NET, conducted by UGC, to be eligible for a lecturer college job.

Eligibility for B.Ed

  • The minimum eligibility for admission in a reputed B.Ed course is a graduation degree in Arts, Science or Commerce with at least 50% aggregate.
  • There are various entrance examinations conducted by the different states, universities or independent educational institutions, and the admissions are given according to the rank in the exams. Several institutions also conduct interviews for admission.

 

Top Colleges for B.Ed

With the rise in private schools and the recent upgradation of public schools, it has become crucial to pursue a B.Ed course from a reputed college. Apart from providing a quality training most of the leading B.Ed colleges provide placement support that can be instrumental in kick-starting your career. Here are some leading colleges for B.Ed in India:

 Best B.Ed Colleges in India

  • SS Institute of Education, Bangalore
  • College of Teacher Education, Agartala
  • Indira Gandhi B Ed College, Karnataka
  • AG Teachers College, Ahmedabad
  • National Council of Teacher Education, New Delhi.

 

Education Cost and Remuneration

The cost required to pursue a B.Ed course is comparatively cheaper. The education cost might vary from 10,000 to 30,000 INR depending on the university you select. When it comes to remuneration, a career in teaching can be very rewarding. Government schools and colleges are the top payers in the education industry. A teaching job in public schools like Central School can pay around 25,000 INR as starting salary. However, the starting salary in private schools can be around 15,000. Although, working in private schools can have the plus point of fast growth and substantial pay hikes. The salary packages for college professors can be significantly higher and can be above 35,000 INR.

 

Career Path

There are various paths of career progression for teachers. The growth in job varies from one institution to another. In government schools and colleges, growth is largely done according to seniority. However, keeping yourself updated with recent changes in education and related technology can bring fast growth. On the other hand, the growth in private schools and colleges are fast. However, you have to always keep upgrading by doing some courses or giving some examinations.  School teachers can do computer related courses, counselling or modern teaching related courses. When it comes to college lecturers, they can climb the ladder by pursuing Doctorate or MPhil. School teachers can get promoted to theclass teacher, vice-principal or principal and college lecturers can become asenior professor, head of the department, vice principal and then principal or dean.

Now that you know the career path for teaching profession, let's look at some rewards and challenges of this job:

 

Challenges of Teaching career

  • Every kid is unique and needs unique teaching method. Teaching children requires a high level of patience and composure
  • The education system in India is very vulnerable to orthodoxy and stagnation and hence it can become monotonous
  • You might have to face resistance from colleagues and school authority if you wish to implement some innovative teaching methods
  • This profession demands you to keep constantly updating yourself and hence you'll have to keep learning all your life.
  • The salary in a teaching profession can be comparatively lower than some other private jobs.
  • There are many moral obligations on a Teacher and sometimes your personal life can also be judged along with your working life.

 

Rewards

  • Teaching profession can be highly satisfying because of the visible impacts of your efforts on the performance of the students
  • Teaching allows you to shape the perception of the young generation and hence you have an enormous contribution towards the society
  • As a teacher, you get a lot of holidays and the working hours are usually not too long.
  • Teachers get a lot of respect in the community, and people seek your opinion in a lot of matters.
  • A student teacher bond can be as strong as a parent-child relationship, and it keeps making you proud even after retirement.

Although, there are some challenges in this field, it is still one of the most rewarding profession. A right teacher can create the right doctors, sound engineers, honest politicians and most importantly good citizens for a society. If this makes you feel like joining the profession of teaching, take the first step towards it by thanking the teacher who helped you define your life. 

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