Elementary Education

B.EI.Ed.! That sounds familiar. What exactly is it ?

The full form of B.EI Ed. is Bachelor of Elementary Education. It is an exciting four-year integrated professional degree programme for training teachers at the elementary school level.

Does it mean that we will get jobs after completing it ?

Yes! It means that after four years of rigorous training, you will be a professionally qualified teacher. Whether you want to teach right away or pursue higher education, will of course depend on what you wish to do further.

Is it a recognised programme ?

Certainly. It is recognised by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). It was initiated by the Maulana Azad Centre for Elementary and Social Education (MACESE), Delhi University in the year 1994-1995. We have completed 15 years in Gargi.

But is it available only in English ?

Not at all! It is a bilingual programme. Instruction is in both English medium and Hindi medium.

What exactly does this programme encompass ?

That's an important question. The idea behind this programme is to integrate the study of subject knowledge, human development, teaching skills and communication skills. Hence, B.El.Ed offers both compulsory as well as optional theory courses. It has a strong focus on practicum courses. It also entails a comprehensive school internship programme in its fourth year. A special departmental library and a material resourcing laboratory are available to the students.

That went a little over my head. Could you explain them to me one by one ?

The two essential components of this programme are the theory and practicum courses. There are 19 theory courses which the student is expected to cover during the four year programme of study. This includes :

Foundation Courses :

These courses are designed to enable students to make an in-depth study of child development concepts and perspectives in education, the context in which the education of the child is situated, processes and techniques of social organisation; various issues related to elementary education and to develop skills on communicating and relating.

Core Courses :

Core courses offer the prospective teacher the opportunity to reconstruct concepts learnt in school and to integrate them within a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Pedagogy Courses:

Courses in pedagogy are designed to help develop core teaching skills specific to the teaching of young children. This includes developing perspectives in pedagogy and techniques related to specific knowledge areas.

• Visits to monuments to integrate mathematical concepts and appreciate heritage as well (eg. Jantar Mantar).

•Studentstrainedtousetechniqueof'Circletime'forpromoting emotional literacy in their classrooms.

Liberal Courses :

Liberal optional courses provide students with the opportunity to study specific discipline with academic rigour. They are designed to enrich the knowledge base to allow further study in the discipline and in the pedagogies in which students specialise. The Liberal Courses offered by Gargi College are: English, Hindi, Political Science, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology (subject to a minimum number of seven students opting for the course.)

Practicum Courses :

The Practicum Courses are an important component of this programme.

These courses are designed to allow a variety of work experience with children in and outside elementary schools and opportunities for self-reflection and development. The practicum input includes: Performing and Fine arts, Craft and Participatory work, School-Contact programme, Observing Children, Self Development Workshops, Physical Education, School Internship, Projects, Tutorials and Colloquia.

There is Common Entrance Examination (CEE-B.EI. Ed.) conducted by the Department of Education, Delhi University, comprising a written test for the B.EI.Ed programme (see Bulletin of C.I.E). For details, visit: Website of CIE:http://cie.du.ac.in/

NOTE : Each candidate shall be required to attend not less than 3/4th of the lectures delivered and practicum held separately during each part of the programme. Source: B. El. Ed. Ordinance. For complete B. El. Ed. Ordinance, visit Gargi College website.

What are the avenues after B. El. Ed.?

• Teaching in private/government schools.

• Teacher Education

• Working with NGOs in the field of education Joining higher education programme (e.g.)- M.A. in Education, M.Ed., M.El.Ed.

• Other programs e.g. M.A. in Sociology, M.A. in Social Work, M.A. in Linguistics and M.Sc. in Child Development Curriculum Developers.