For the first time, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), which monitors teacher training, has granted permission to two colleges in Bengaluru to initiate a four-year integrated B.A.-B.Ed. and B.Sc.-B.Ed. programmes under Section 14(3) (a) of the NCTE Act.1993. Mount Carmel College, Autonomous is one of them. The programme is approved by NCTE and Government of Karnataka. It is further designed according to UGC and NCTE guidelines to maintain the quality of education imparted by students.
The programme is also, affiliated to Bengaluru Central University.
The course aims at integrating:
- General studies comprising Social Science and Education leading to the amalgamation of the program.
- Professional studies comprising the foundation of education, pedagogy of school subjects, practicum related to tasks and functions of the teacher.
- The program content maintains a balance between theory and practice, coherently integrating components of the program representing a wide knowledge-base required for a secondary school teacher.
The four-year teacher training programme was earlier limited to the four Regional Colleges of Education (RIE). However, the present course which is modelled on similar guidelines, gives interested institutions an opportunity to initiate the programme. The aim is to groom professionals early on and impart the required teaching skills.
Integrated B.A- B.Ed. is a four-year undergraduate programme based on the CBCS pattern. The programme began with a vision to impart in-depth knowledge of different subjects of Humanities including Political Science, History, Geography Economics, Sociology, Psychology as well as English and Hindi/Kannada languages to students along with their graduation in Education as well. The programme is designed according to NCTE guidelines to prepare qualitative future teachers for nation-building.
Flexibility is the essence of the programme which is achieved by offering various electives. Enhancing professional Capacities (EPC) courses are introduced for personality development and to provide knowledge of ICT. Foundation, skill development and Interdisciplinary courses are part of the programme to enable student-educators to acquire an all-round personality and the necessary skills of a secondary school teacher. The programme is bettered for practical adeptness with a twenty-week internship programme including four-week observation in schools to provide real experiences.
The program trains student-educators in principles of education and philosophy for learning theory & practice and classroom management. During these four years, the students get a hands-on experience by observing real life classroom teaching and excelling in the same during their internship period. Functional English is taught to enhance the communication skills of the learners.
Combinations offered for B.A: HEP /HES
HEP: History, Economics, Political Science
HES: History, Economics, Sociology
Language 1: General English
Language 2: Kannada or Hindi
Medium of Instruction: English
The basic eligibility criteria for admission to these programmes is a pass in the Pre-University examination of Karnataka/ CBSE Senior Secondary examination/ or an equivalent examination with 60% marks.
Students applying for BA-B. Ed. must have studied English, Regional Language and any two subjects, viz. History, Geography, Economics, Psychology, Education, Commerce, Business Studies , Political Science and Sociology, at PUC/10+2 level.
Career paths you can choose after the course:
- Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT)
- Content Developer
- Career Counsellor
- Subject Matter Expert
- E-learning faculty
The programme is specially designed with an objective to develop an understanding of the teaching-learning process at secondary school levels among student educators. It focuses on enabling student-teachers to reflect critically on perspectives of education and integrate holistically the theory and practices to facilitate active engagement of learners for better learning and knowledge creation.
The Integrated B.Ed. programme focuses on:
- Creating sensitivity about language diversity in classroom and its role in the teaching-learning process
- Developing an understanding in the context of education in contemporary Indian Society
- Appreciating the role of context and socio-political realities about learners in facilitating learning in inclusive settings
- Student-teachers to integrate and apply ICT in facilitating the teaching-learning process and in school management
- Systematizing experiences and strengthening the professional competencies of student and teachers
- Enabling student-teachers to acquire necessary competencies for organizing learning experiences
- Developing an understanding of paradigm shift in conceptualizing disciplinary knowledge in the school curriculum
- Identifying, challenging and overcoming gender inequalities in the school, classrooms, curricula, textbooks, social institutions, etc.
- Developing competencies among student-teachers to select and use appropriate assessment strategies for facilitating learning
- Engaging student-teachers with an understanding of the self, child, and school to establish close connections between different curricular areas
- Providing first-hand experience of all the school activities by engaging student-teachers as interns in secondary/senior secondary schools.
Why an integrated course?
- A builder of civilized society
- The integrated degree is equivalent to a UG degree and Education degree (B.Ed.) together, and can be availed by pursuing the program for four years, thereby helping students to save a year. (Whereas, on its own, the B.Ed. degree is of two years)
- Students will be well-versed in general subjects and pedagogy
- Immediate employment opportunities
- Opens the doors to entrepreneurship
- Eligible to do Masters in disciplinary subjects
- Eligibility to pursue a Masters program in Education (M.Ed.)
- A four-year degree makes one eligible for pursuing higher education in International Universities (US universities require four-year undergraduate studies)