A Noble Profession
Teaching is a noble profession, as teachers impart knowledge to their students. The profession does not only involve teaching what is prescribed in the syllabus but developing and shaping the young minds. In short, a teacher must be a friend, philosopher and guide.
Various levels of teaching are kindergarten, middle, high and higher secondary schools. Those with higher qualifications teach in colleges and universities. Specially qualified teachers are employed in schools for the disabled, differently able, sports etc.
Those with strong aptitude for the subject they want to teach, patience and discipline can opt for this career. Benefits of teaching are stable career, can update on the subject regularly and enjoy long vacations.
Those aspiring for teaching in kindergarten should have completed 10+2 to seek admission to Nursery Teachers Training. Both certificate and diploma are offered. To teach in middle schools Teachers Training Certificate is a must. Minimum qualification to join this course is 10+2.
Those opting to teach in high schools must have completed Bachelor of Education (B.Ed). Minimum eligibility is graduation in any discipline. Diploma in Special Education is mandatory to teach physically and mentally disabled students. Eligibility to join this course is 10+2.
Teaching in colleges and universities require specialized subject knowledge. Therefore, one should have a post graduate degree at least and preferably a Ph.D. One must have also cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by University Grants commission (UGC). States also conducts State Level Eligibility Test (SLET). Apart from the prescribed qualifications teachers must be a good organizer, have patience to explain the courseware to their students, discipline, friendly disposition, compassion, self-confidence and passion for the subject they teach.
Jobs and careers:
Job opportunities exist in play schools, kindergarten schools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, higher secondary schools, special schools, colleges and universities. Those with strong sense of business acumen and the service-oriented can start their own educational institution.