B.El.Ed. stands for Bachelor of Elementary Education. It is a 4 year Integrated Professional Degree Programme of Elementary Teacher Education. It is a Full Time Graduate Course, not available under Distance or Correspondence as of 2011. The First 3 years are a combination of Theory and Practicum Courses and 4th year culminates with a direct experience of school functioning, teaching practice and reflection. As per Delhi University Rules – a candidate needs to pass this 4 year course within 6 years of admission. It is a Bilingual Programme being available in English and Hindi. It was conceptualized by the Maulana Azad Centre for Elementary and Social Education (MACESE) of the Department of Education, University of Delhi and launched in the academic year 1994-95, the programme is an attempt towards fulfilling the need for professionally qualified elementary school teachers. B.El.Ed. is designed to integrate the study of subject knowledge, human development, pedagogical knowledge and communication skills. Both professional and academic options are available to students who graduate with a B.El.Ed. degree. Norms and Standards of the B.El.Ed. Programme have formal approval of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). The B.El.Ed. programme offers an opportunity for students to interact and learn from scholars and faculty from diverse disciplines of education, psychology, linguistics, social sciences, biological and natural science, mathematical sciences and the languages.
The course requires 10 +2 from any recognized Board of Education with certain aggregate percentage which is 55% marks, more or less depending upon the institution. There is certain percentage requirement in certain subjects as well
For Example: 50% marks in each of the following four subjects as per Delhi University
1. English Core
2. English Elective
3. Hindi Core
4. Hindi Elective
2. Any one language (other than Hindi or English) offered by CBSE, or its equivalent board at + 2
9. Political Science
14. Business Studies or Accountancy
Any other subject (other than that mentioned) in List A) and B) in class XII offered by CBSE or its equivalent Board
Note: ** Not more than two languages will be considered for the purpose of eligibility from List A and B together.
Age Limit is 15-17 years, it may vary from state to state and institute to institute .
Admission Procedure – Delhi University Common Entrance Examination
All admissions to the B.El.Ed. programme 2010 will be made through a Common Entrance Examination (CEE – B.El.Ed.) comprising of a Written Test and an Interview as detailed:
Scheme of the Common Entrance Examination (CEE – B.El.Ed.) - 2010
A. Written Entrance Test
Bilingual Language Comprehension
English & Hindi
Mathematical Thinking & Reasoning
English or Hindi
Subject Knowledge (Science & Social Sciences upto Class X)
English or Hindi
English or Hindi
C. Class XII marks weightage
Total (A + B + C)
A. Written Entrance Test - The Written Entrance Test consists of 2 Sections. All sections and their parts are compulsory.
Section I Part (a): Questions are based on comprehension of the given context and the language aspects. This can be at the level of words, sentences or the whole text. Candidates should attempt both English and Hindi questions. Part (b): Questions will be application based and those that entail thinking, reasoning and problem solving in mathematics. Candidates can choose to answer in Hindi or in English. Part (c): Questions will be based on reasoning, interpretation and application of concepts. Candidates can choose to answer in Hindi or in English.
Section II Paragraph writing on one of the given topics. The candidate is expected to write either in Hindi or in English.
B. Interview - Only a limited number of candidates short-listed on the basis of the Written Entrance Test are called for Interview. Parameters for the Interview: Subject knowledge, oral communication ability, understanding of children and social issues, potential for critical thinking, general awareness and reading interests.
C. Class XII Marks Weightage - Weightage is given to the marks obtained in Class XII examinations.
Merit List All admissions to the B.El.Ed. Programme will be done on the basis of the Scheme of CEE. The Merit List will be prepared on the basis of the combined performance of candidates in the Written Entrance Test, Interview and the weightage of class XII marks. Separate merit list will be prepared for the respective categories i.e. general category and reserved categories as per the norms of the University of Delhi.
B.El.Ed. Course Syllabus
The Course offers Compulsory and Optional Theory Courses, Compulsory Practicum and a Comprehensive School Internship Experience.
The different areas of study are as follows:
A)Theory - The student-teacher is expected to study 19 Theory Courses during the 4 year programme of study. Theory courses include study through projects and related field work. The total weightage of the theory courses in the B.El.Ed. programme is 1,250 marks out of an aggregate of 2,200 marks.
These offer an in-depth study of the process of child development and learning; how the education of children is influenced by the social, political, economic and cultural contexts in which they grow; techniques and processes of school organisation and management; educational theory, issues and concepts specific to elementary education. In addition to developing theoretical constructs and frameworks of analysis, these courses also aim to cultivate skills to relate and communicate as teachers.
These offer the student-teacher the opportunity to reconstruct concepts learnt in school and to integrate them within a multi-disciplinary perspective. These also form the foundation for pedagogy courses.
These provide a study of pedagogical theory to develop skills specific to the teaching of young children. While developing perspectives in pedagogy, student-teachers also learn methodologies of teaching specific knowledge areas.
These offer studies in a specific discipline with academic rigour. They are designed to enrich the knowledge base, to allow for further study in the discipline and in the pedagogies in which student-teachers opt to specialize.
Specialized Courses in Education
The optional courses offered in the fourth year provide specialised support to the student teacher.
B)Practicum - These courses are designed to allow a variety of experiences with children within and outside the elementary school. In addition, student-teachers acquire a wide range of professional skills including drama, craft, developing curricular material, classroom management, systematic observations, documentation and evaluation. Practicum carries a total weightage of 950 marks over the four years of study.
Performing & Fine Arts, Crafts & Physical Education
They enable the student-teachers to experience and understand the learning process in a holistic manner, rather than confining it to the ‘cognitive’ domain.
School Contact Programme
It is the 1st contact of student-teachers with children. While initiating contact with elementary schools, student-teachers contend with issues of planning and organizing creative activities for children within the school. They also explore ways of organizing meaningful interaction with children outside the school. Student-teachers get the opportunity to develop the ability to relate, communicate and develop a positive attitude towards children and teaching.
It is designed to help establish a crucial link between theoretical concepts and ground realities. Through systematic observation and study of children in different settings, the student teacher evolves scientific ways of understanding children while also verifying theoretical constructs.
Through a process of self-reflection and analysis, students sharpen their abilities and learn to question, be critical and reflective.
Classroom Management & Material Development
This programme begins with systematised observations and analysis of pedagogic practices in conventional and innovative settings. The student-teacher is facilitated to evolve pedagogic practices that address crucial concerns of classroom management, design and choice of activities, material development and evaluation.
Placement in schools forms a major component of the fourth year of the B.El.Ed. programme. Student interns actively engage in teaching elementary school children. Systematic feedback and evaluation is provided by supervisors. Functioning as regular teachers, the interns attempt to translate their knowledge-base and professional skills into reflective classroom practice.
Student-teachers are required to take up projects based on themes arising out of their school experience. This enables them to acquire basic research skills of systematic observation, documentation and analysis.
Tutorials help student-teachers to build connections between theory, observations and classroom teaching. Student-teachers are expected to present term papers and participate in discussions. Colloquia are structured to include activities on children’s literature, story telling, drama and music; organising teaching and learning resource centres and seminar presentations of school experiences. Colloquia are an essential part of all the four years of study.
Academic Enrichment Activities
A structural provision within the programme of study is for discussion forum and seminars. It offers student-teachers the opportunity to interact with faculty of diverse disciplines from within and outside the college.
Framework of Assessment and Granting of the Degree
At the end of each academic year, Annual Examination is conducted in all the theory courses taught during that particular year. 30% weightage is given to internal assessment in the theory courses. Practicum is based entirely on internal assessment. Students have the option to write the examination in Hindi or in English.
The minimum marks required to pass the examination is:
40% in each Theory Paper.
45% in the Written Paper plus Internal Assessment.
50% in all Practicums taken together.
50% in the Aggregate for each year.
Candidates obtaining less than 50% aggregate in practicums taken together, will not be allowed to appear in the Annual Examination.
The B.El.Ed. degree will be awarded only if the candidate has passed the examination in each
of the four years viz. Year I to IV within six years of admission to the first year of the programme.
The course make one an expert in Elementary Education which is a specialisation in itself and one can expand his/her horizon based on one’s interest.
One can acquire leading positions of importance in the elementary school systems under various capacities.
A candidate can pursue Post-graduate and research studies in education and related disciplines like education, linguistics, psychology, languages, history, social work, sociology, mathematics and political science.
B.El.Ed. course enables graduates to be eligible for appointment in MCD/NDMC/Sarvodaya Vidyalayas in Delhi, Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas all across India and Private Schools.
The course provides the ability to teach and research in elementary education in the government and non-government sector, example Central Universities.
Graduates can work as Teacher Educators in various State Institutes and University Departments/Colleges offering training in elementary/ secondary education.
One can get placement in government and private schools as resourcefully qualified elementary school teachers.
Others can work in other related fields like linguistics, psychology, languages, history, social work, sociology, mathematics and political science.