2020 has been unpredictable, to say the least. We are fighting a global pandemic, we saw schools and educational institutions shutting down and life as we know it came to a standstill. Despite all this, we keep moving forward. We try to make the best out of every situation and make the maximum use of the resources that we have. Educational institutions found a way to reach their students and to stay connected with them to ensure that quality education is taken across. Online teaching has become a part of our lives now and did you know that “How to Be a Teacher” was one of the most googled things in 2020?
The joy of making a difference and making a change in the right direction cannot be matched. Teaching is a noble profession and teachers are essentially change-makers and helps develop future generations. Today, we will be looking deep into how to be a teacher in India and without further ado, let’s delve deeper into the topic.
How to Be A Teacher?
There are a lot of reasons to choose teaching as a profession and we have already discussed that in one of our previous blogs. If you have not read it yet, read it here.
Here are five important steps that you need to keep in mind if you want to be a teacher:
1. Get a Relevant Degree
This is an obvious step. To become a teacher, you need to get a relevant degree. Graduate in the subject that you want to teach. It might be Maths, English, Physics, Fine Arts, no matter what the subject is, graduate in that, and then go on to take a B.Ed. This is mandatory in a lot of schools and colleges in India. While there are colleges and educational institutes that appoint teachers without B. Ed or M.Ed, most of the institutions look for a Bachelor of Education certificate and it will give you an edge if you have a B.Ed certificate. We have discussed in detail teacher education in one of our previous blogs, if you want to know the detailed aspects about how to be a teacher, we suggest you give it a read.
2. Undergo a Relevant Teacher Training Program
There are a lot of teacher training programs in India and it is of paramount importance to undergo a relevant teacher training program that would help you to handle the classroom in a better manner. Teaching is not just about textbook knowledge and subject knowledge. There are a lot of other aspects such as classroom management, student engagement, interaction, and likewise, which the training program would help teachers achieve. As mentioned in the above point, B.Ed is a teacher training program. There are other programs like TTC, BTC, B.P.Ed and likewise.
3. Clear the exams stated by the Govt
There are exams stated by the Indian government such as CTET, TET, NET, and likewise. Based on where you want to work and what grades you want to teach for, clear the exams. CTET is one of the most sought after exams in the country and we have discussed it in detail in one of our previous blogs, you can read it here.
4. Attend Relevant Interviews
Teacher interviews can be tricky and the interviewers look for teachers who can tackle a classroom and manage the classroom activities in the best possible way. Look for interviews that best fit your interests and goals and attend them with confidence.
Read more about teacher interview questions and answers here:
Nowadays, teaching has moved online and if you want, you can start your independent teaching business. Since it’s online, you don’t need to spend on the infrastructure also. The set up is easy and cost-effective. You just have to choose the right online teaching platform and you are good to go. Read more here.
5. Teach. Learn. Teach
Teaching and learning go hand-in-hand. A great teacher should also be a great learner. Ensure to keep learning and to be updated about the current happenings in the education system, the changes, the innovations, and likewise. A constant upskilling is necessary to become a teacher. For instance, the sudden shift to online teaching has created an inevitable need for teachers to become more tech-savvy and to learn more about digital platforms. You cannot be resistant to change if you want to become a teacher.
How to be a teacher is a vast topic and we have just given a peripheral view. It is not easy but it is worth the effort and time. As mentioned, in some schools and colleges, they don’t ask for the teacher training certificate or the govt mandate exams. However, is the standard way to take to become a teacher. We hope this blog on how to become a teacher helped you. We will be back with more informative content. Until then, happy learning!