Since time immemorial, Teaching has been considered as one of the noblest professions. Teachers have always played the role of catalyst for social changes in the society.
The mankind has always regarded teachers as a boon to the society because it?s only a teacher who by making use of his/ her intelligence, patience and wisdom attempts to not only polish the learner's intellect and aptitude but also takes steps to shape up a multi-faceted personality.
Teaching has always held a place of pride in Indian social milieu and ethos. Right from the famous ancient teachers like Vashisht, Dhaumya, Dronacharya, Kripacharya and Parashurama, religious teachers and preachers like Adi Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa down to modern day educationists like Dr.Radhakrishnan, Sir Ashutosh Mukherji, Prof. Meghnad Saha, Shri J.C. Bose, Dr. Satyendranath Bose, Dr. Amartya Sen (US resident and Nobel Laureate) not forgetting our former president Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, teachers have by and large been venerated held in high esteem by the pupils of all age group s and fields of study. The keynote of our culture has always been: Acharya Deva Bhava (the teacher is God).
Teaching as professions is divided into many areas of specializations, each requiring different skill-set and method of training. Some of the major areas of specialization include teaching at nursery schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges- universities, institutes, special schools (for students with specific needs, eg- physically challenged ones etc.
The teaching profession is a highly specialized field, and hence requires comprehensive training to gain expertise in the field. It has some myths about it. It is commonly believed that anyone can teach, provided he has some knowledge for the subject. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Knowledge is just one thing that a teacher should have among other things. The fundamental qualities required are excellent communication skills, the ability to hold the attention of young minds, to inspire confidence and finally, the ability to set an example by word and deed.
To enter schools, you should have a B.Ed degree. Colleges across the country offer these degrees. Some universities offer B.Ed courses by correspondence too. One can do the M.Ed later, to add to qualifications. As a matter of fact, M. Ed is only required to enhance your possibilities of promotion or getting the next higher grade. Incase you want to specialize as a nursery teacher only; you must undergo a special nursery teachers' training, available in various universities. In case an individual plans to be a games/physical fitness instructor, he/she will require obtaining a certificate/ degree or diploma from any one of the sports institutes located around the country.
College and university teaching requires a different approach. After finishing M.A. in a subject, one can become a specialist by doing M. Phil. or Ph.D. To become a college lecturer, you will have to clear the NET exam conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC). One can then apply to colleges for a job as and when a vacancy arises.
Skills and Attributes
One requires a blend essential attributes like patience, confidence, liking for and an understanding of children/ students. Teachers must also have organizing capacity, friendly and helpful natureand skill to communicate well, to initiate a liking in their students minds even in the case of most boring subjects. A Teacher has to be a friend, philosopher and guide to his wards. The candidate should be initiative driven, passionate about the cause and role of teaching in the society.
As a teacher one can opt for a career with:
Educational research institutes
Self employment by starting institutes/tutorials
Special schools: it deals with children having physical and mental handicap and learning disabilities. The job involves lot of sensitivity and emotional attachment towards the students with diasabilities.
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