In a country with the beautiful tradition of Guru Shishya Parampra, Guru, the teacher, occupies the most prestigious and iconic place. Considered more revered than god, teaching is the most respectful profession in India.
To be a teacher, one must be a learner for life. First and foremost requirement to become a successful teacher is to learn the subject well with inquisitive mind and a research approach. One must have a consistently good academic record preferably more than 60% in all the classes from X to graduation/post graduate level and in B.Ed as well.
Various state level teacher eligibility tests are to be cracked to be selected for state run/funded schools while for KVs and for the CBSE curriculum one needs to get 60% marks in CTET. For the classes I to V PRT level Paper I must be cleared.
In the Paper I the candidates are judged on their quantitative aptitude, environmental studies, child pedagogy, English and Hindi.
The paper II must be passed to teach the classes VI to VIII.
The candidates are tested on child pedagogy, English, Hindi and have to choose their line of subject. It is either maths/science or social science.
.One does not require to pass CTET for Class IX to XII yet most of the schools now prefer to take a candidate who has cleared Part II of CTET so as to benchmark and take the best teachers.
The qualification required for teachers of different classes are as follows:
PRT (Primary Teacher)
To apply for a PRT the candidate must be a graduate from a recognized university with a degree in Humanities, Commerce or Science. The B.Ed degree is a must.
TGT (Trained Graduate Teacher)
To apply for a TGT the candidate must be a graduate from a recognized university with a degree in Humanities, Commerce and Science. Also the B.Ed degree is a must.
PGT-Post Graduate Teacher
To apply for PGT the candidate must be a MA/MSc/M.com in the relative subject. Also B.Ed/Med degree is a must.
TET/CTET and computer literacy is mandatory. These are the minimum required qualifications.
Good communication skills, patience and social and inter personal skills are very important for a teaching career.
If must have an inborn quality to read the psychology of children/people, ready to take a day to day new challenges of new CBSE initiatives, have a sense of 'googliness'(IT World) to satisfy the digikids with their 'why' and 'how' promptly and amicably teaching is a very good career option. The sense of commitment and responsibility is an also significant. Also the day to day activities grooms the teacher to become a great manager.
There are a number of merits of pursuing a teaching career. First and foremost of all, there is a fixed day schedule. You remain in the company of young and curious people and also have various opportunities of meeting thinkers/scholars.
Another great advantage is that once five years experience is gained, you can apply for principal ship if administration interests you.
For teachers there is no dearth of options.
Go! Grab the great opportunities!