Four Year B.Ed. Course on the Cards

The Tamil Nadu Government is waiting for the approval of National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), Bangalore, to launch the first-ever four-year B.Ed. (Integrated) program in English and Tamil mediums of instruction.

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While the syllabus for this course is being prepared, the NCTE has constituted a committee to prepare guidelines to be followed by institutions which want to introduce this on-campus regular program, according to T. Padmanaban, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Teachers’ Education University.

Candidates who have passed Plus Two will be eligible to apply for the course to be offered through select B.Ed. colleges in the State, he told on Friday.

“Our university is waiting for permission to start the course. The State Government also has written to the NCTE and we are expecting the approval in two or three months,” he said.

Candidates can pursue either B.A. B.Ed. or B.Sc. B.Ed. for a four-year duration and the university has taken utmost care to ensure quality.

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“Right now we have only one-year teacher training course. But, this integrated program helps in equipping teachers with comprehensive knowledge focused on teaching,” Dr. Padmanaban said. Best teaching practices and community-oriented approach in teaching had been included in the syllabus.

Stating that the Tamil Nadu Government was particular to make this like any other professional course, he said that it would be like an engineering degree course where candidates would get B.Ed. (Integrated) degree after the successful completion of four years.

Only those teacher training colleges with good infrastructure would be given permission to offer the course.

“Laboratory, library and other facilities required for B.A. and B.Sc. programs must be in place at colleges which want to offer the course. We will complete the formalities for introducing the program immediately after obtaining the NCTE approval,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor was in the city to participate in the third graduation day of Crescent College of Education for Women.

Colleges of education which want to offer B.Ed. integrated course have to apply to NCTE and get its recognition after which the Tamil Nadu Teachers’ Education University will give its affiliation.

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