Students said they desire to be teachers for a variety of reasons, one of which is because they believe government instructors have better job security. Though we need more enthusiastic instructors, there is a strong desire among students to become teachers, and we must appropriately mentor them and educate them on how to become great teachers.

Let us look into how we may become teachers in India or overseas, with an emphasis on becoming teachers in India.

In India, students might be educated in pre-primary, primary, upper primary or middle school, high school, secondary school, or senior secondary school, among other settings. Play schools, Nursery schools, Primary/Elementary schools, Secondary and Senior Secondary schools, Junior Colleges, Colleges, Universities, educational research institutions, tutorials, and even special schools for unique children are just a few of the numerous establishments where you might find work.

It is necessary to have both talents and qualifications. Patience, good communication skills, in-depth topic knowledge, confidence, and an understanding of youngsters or pupils are all required. We know from our own experiences that we always enjoy hearing from you.

A teacher should be self-motivated and enthusiastic about the purpose and function of education in society, and more significantly, instructors must think and act like students in order to continue to learn.

Teaching is the only job that requires a degree and high grades. We need to be qualified so that we can interact with students with confidence. Aside from degrees, applicants must also complete specific training and fundamental training courses. Aspirants interested in working with special children should complete a specific training program diploma, or advanced training program provided by various institutes around the country.

Aspirants need to have Bachelors in Education (B.Ed) degree or they may also go for M.Ed degree which will give them more advantage with employability and promotion. In case we would like to teach in the primary section or nursery section then we may undergo a few diplomas or other training courses. Basic Training Certificate, Diploma in Elementary Education and Teacher Training Certificate are other teaching courses in India that can help someone to get a teaching job for the initial stage like nursery or primary, etc. Similarly, to become a teacher in colleges or universities we need more qualifications and pass a few entrance exams like National Eligibility Test or State Eligibility Test.

Most of the state conducts Teachers Eligibility Test for different levels. Similarly, one can also appear for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) conducted by the CBSE for appointment as a teacher for Classes I – VIII in government and state schools as well as unaided private schools that accept CTET scores. Apart from joining government institutes or private institutes, there are many NGOs working in the field of education and they also engage teachers. Young people may also start their career by joining fellowship program like ‘Teach for India’ or similar initiatives.

(This is a slightly modified version of an article originally published in The Shillong Times. The original article can be found at https://theshillongtimes.com/2021/09/05/teaching-as-a-career-in-india/)