Students who do not want to opt for the regular honours courses or have not been able to score well in their Class 12 board examinations have the option of considering Bachelor of Elementary Education as an option in Delhi University this year.
Delhi University offers a four-year integrated programme in elementary education in eight of its colleges where students are selected on the basis of an entrance test.
The catch — this course is only offered at eight all women’s colleges namely Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Gargi College, Institute of Home Economics, Jesus & Mary College, Lady Shriram College, Mata Sundari College, Miranda House and Shyama Prasad Mukherji College.
The course, as the name suggests, presents students with several professional and academic opportunities after its completion.
Once through with the course, students become eligible to teach in elementary schools from Classes 1 to 8 and also become eligible for appointment in MCD/ NDMC/ Sarvodaya Vidyalayas in Delhi as well as in Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas all across India, apart from private schools.
Tripti Bassi, the teacher in-charge of the course at Lady Shriram College said the Bachelor of Elementary Education course was beneficial for the students in many ways.
“This course is only not about teaching, but the students can diversify and study social science subjects at the Masters level,” Bassi said.
The three years of the course consist of theory mostly with students being sent to government schools for internship in their fourth year.
Teachers said the course was an ideal option for those who score less in their board examinations as a student has to sit for an entrance test for admission.
The entrance test is usually of 140 marks, consisting of multiple choice questions. The test analyses a candidate’s language, comprehension and reasoning skills in the filter section as also their elementary Mathematics and Science knowledge (of class 10 level).
A weightage of 10 marks is given to the Class 12 board exam. The merit list is mostly determined on the performance in the entrance test and seats are allotted on the basis of joint counseling at Central Institute of Education.
Delhi University offers a total of 400 seats for this course, 50 in each of its eight colleges.