National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has announced the introduction of two new courses in place of Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed). The official notification of the two new courses is also released. The student will be able to take admission into these new courses after passing class 12th.
Till now, it was necessary for the candidates to possess D.El.Ed to teach from pre-primary to primary level. For teaching up to primary to secondary level, a B.Ed degree was necessary. Now, NCTE has launched Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) that will replace both D.El.Ed and B.Ed programme.
There will be two ITEP courses; one for teaching up to pre-primary level to primary level that will replace the D.El.Ed program. Second ITEP course will be for teaching up to primary to secondary level and this will replace the B.Ed Programme. The duration of both the ITEP courses will be 4 years.
Any composite college offering B.Ed along with M.Ed or BA, B.Sc, B.Com and other similar courses can take recognition for ITEP. Until now, colleges have to take affiliation for D.El.Ed program from the education department of the state government. The affiliation to B.Ed program was provided by the university. But now, the affiliation to both the ITEP will be provided by the related university and the recognition will be granted by the NCTE.
Every College will get 50 Seats
As per the official notification of NCTE, each unit of ITEP will be of 50 Seats. For B.Ed-M.Ed institutes, the size of the plot should be at least 500 Sq. meters with 400 Sq. meters of building. The new institutes looking to offer ITEP programs also need to offer courses like BA, B.Com, and B.Sc etc. In order to that, they need to buy at least 3000sq meter of land. These parameters are for 50 seats only. Colleges can also take more seats as well. However, they need to have equivalent land and building for that.
B.Ed and D.El.Ed courses will continue in the current session.
The NCTE has launched two ITEP programs for the session 2019-20 only. The students currently studying in the 2 year B.Ed course and 1-year D.El.Ed courses can continue their studies normally.