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How technology has made an impact on teaching jobs

Updated on February 16, 2015
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Introduction

A teacher is not only responsible to educate a child, he or she is also responsible to impart values in them. Teaching as a career in India is one to noble and prestigious career options. Teaching as a career is backed by a passion for exchanging ideas, thoughts, knowledge and insights.

Teaching jobs are present in schools, colleges and private institutes; which demand different levels of educational qualifications to apply for teaching jobs. By earning a bachelor's degree in education along with a graduate degree in any subject, you are eligible to apply for teaching jobs in schools. However, to apply for such jobs in colleges or universities, you will have to clear a written exam along with a PhD and a master's degree.

Talking of the current scenario and the career scope, teaching as a profession is now being driven by technology and teachers now conduct classes on e-learning platforms that reach the students all over the globe, who have an access to the internet. The marriage of teaching with technology has widened the take career scope of teaching jobs, as a one can take up multiple jobs, in different geographies and pursue them from the comfort of their homesLet's

Let's a look, what steps should you take in order to become eligible for teaching jobs.

First step towards being eligible for teaching jobs

A Bachelor's Degree in Education called B.Ed is mandatory to aspiring teachers. The course curriculum arms an individual with the right theoretical, practical and analytical skills to pursue teaching jobs. The curriculum revolves around following aspects:

1. Interaction with students,
2. Team discussions,
3. Classroom teaching,
4. Practical teaching,
5. Subject education,
6. Student evaluation,
7. Use of Information Technology,
8. Best practices of school management,
9. Psychology of learning and development,
10. Education theories.

In a nutshell, B.Ed is a Degree in Pedagogy or Educational Science, which serves an individual with the capacity to teach and educate, delicate learners by making use of; different tools, techniques and psychological applications.
is the discipline that deals with the theory and practice of education; it thus concerns the study and practice of how best to teach.

There are institutions that offer B.Ed degrees in India, however, a degree from some of the prominent institutes mentioned below is of higher value when viewed from the career perspective.

National Council for Teacher Education, New Delhi
JSS Institute of Education, Bangalore,
College of Teacher Education, Agartala,
Indira Gandhi B Ed College, Karnataka, &
AG Teachers College, Ahmedabad.

Earning potential

The earning potential offered by teaching jobs is at par with any other profession, job domain, job sector or industry. However, with the increase in number of years you spend as a teacher your earning potential will rise further. Also depending on the sector you are employed with your earning potential would vary. For instance, a teacher in a government funded school has an earning capacity of INR 20,000 to INR 25,000 along with added benefits such as; accommodation on subsidized rentals, medical allowance, paid leaves and dearness allowance.

As for a school from the private sector, an entry level primary teacher has an earning potential of INR 15,000-INR 18,000. Salaries vary on the basis of the level of education and experience, a teacher with a post graduate degree can get a monthly offer of INR 25,000 or more.

However, those who are eligible to apply for the positions of lecturers or professors is above INR40,000. For an appointment as a lecturer or a professor, one has to sit for written exams followed by an interview, which is certainly, a time taking process.

International prospects

Teaching jobs are also popular in developed nations. There is a continual demand for proficient English language teachers in some of the non-english speaking countries. To apply for international teaching jobs, one needs a consistent academic track record, along with a valid score in CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or CELT (In-service Certificate in English Language Teaching) for those who are currently teaching English.

The earning potential offered by international teaching jobs is unmatchable to the compensation in a home country, along with added benefits like; paid travel to home country, paid annual holidays and bonuses. And, also to mention, globally teaching as a profession is one the most prestigious and respected career option that one could take up.

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Avenues to enhance your earning potential

Since, live in a digital era and technology has also marked its presence in the domain of education or pedagogy. Digital mediums are taking over the conventional teaching mediums of brick and mortar classrooms.

There are companies that provide e-learning solutions to learners all over the globe, by offering them classroom lessons over the digital platforms, in the form of technology-based products. Books have been replaced by e-books, notepads with tablets, however, the teachers remain the same; humans.

Hence, to create the content for a diversified range of subjects and students, companies hire teachers for the purpose of creating lesson plans and content, which are the delivered to the students digitally.


Also, the concept of virtual classrooms have replaced the concept of private tuitions and coaching. Teaching jobs are available with certain start-ups that conduct virtual classrooms for students all across the globe. As a teacher, you would be conducting video classroom lessons from the comfort of your home, which would be telecasted on the screens of your students.

The earning potential with e-teaching jobs is vast and noteworthy, as the payout is on the basis of number of hours invested in a classroom.

Moreover, these e-teaching jobs can serve as your secondary source of income, and pursuing these jobs with a full-time job is not much of a task, as a teacher you would be home in the early hours of the evening.

Pro's and con's of teaching jobs

Let's weigh the pros and cons of teaching jobs

Pros

- It is one of the most prestigious and respected careers globally, hence, you enjoy a higher social status in the society.

- The working hours allow an individual to work on his or her self-development or harness a secondary source of income to enhance their monthly savings.


Cons

- The education system in India is theoretically inclined and makes a teacher bound within the limits of a subject; which might arise a sense of being caught in a rut.

- The career progression is significantly slow-going, unless you take steps in that direction, like appearing in a NET exam or going for further education.

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Character traits

Being a teacher one has to evaluate the psychology of each of his or her students, and that demands a persona with patience, confidence, and an amiable nature. Along with effective communication skills, fluency of thoughts, passion to share knowledge and shape young minds, is what teaching jobs demand in a candidate.

For a successful career as a teacher one needs a blend of these aspects and with experience a seasoned teacher, is easily able to imbibe in his or her students the knowledge which he or she possesses.

Along with these character or personality traits, a teacher needs to keep his or her knowledge updated with the recent developments. This career is associated with lifelong learning, a teacher needs to learn throughout his lifetime, to help fresh minds prepare for the life ahead and emerge as worthy professionals and serve in the nation building process.

If you wish to apply for teaching jobs in government funded institutes

Teaching jobs with government institutions is associated with higher annual packages, steady career path and appraisals, along with jobs security. To apply for teaching jobs with the government, you will have to appear in a written examination, known as, Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, once you clear this examination you would be responsible to teach classes 1 to 8.

A valid CTET score is also accepted by private school employers, when you apply for a teaching job.

Furthermore, if you wish to join as a teacher in a college or a university, then the first prerequisite is that, you must be a post graduate along with M.Phil or P.hD, which you can pursue along with your job. Then you will have to appear for NET examination conducted by the University Grants Commission, the score will make you qualify for openings in colleges whenever they are available.


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    • Besarien profile image

      Besarien 2 years ago

      I was hoping for more emphasis on technologies, but enjoyed this article nevertheless. Lots of useful information on teaching as a career. Voted interesting and useful!

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      antigravity 2 years ago

      Thanks Besarin. Much appreciated.

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