A specially designed package for already in-service teachers lacking in training and seeking the same, Diploma in Elementary Education is a program for teachers working in primary/ upper primary schools of different states of the country. The Academic Department has developed the programme, NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) on the initiative of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India. Keeping in view the National Curriculum Framework 2005 published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training NCERT in India, the Right to Education Act 2009 which describes the modalities of the importance of free and compulsory education for children between the age of 6 to 14 years, and National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education 2010 which presents a curriculum draft that is in marked distinction with earlier frameworks both procedurally and structurally focusing on an epistemological perspective. The programme aims at enabling the target group to develop in the skills, competencies, attitudes, and understanding to make teaching and learning more effective. The duration of the course ranges from two to six years with an average fee that ranges between five thousand rupees and two lakh rupees which depends on the candidate’s performance in the admission selection process with absolutely zero bars in age. The stream demands a minimum qualification of 10+2 passing certification (any stream) from a recognized board with at least 50% aggregate marks. The admission procedure generally comprises of an entrance examination followed by a round of personal interview for the shortlisted candidates, the results to which are ultimately combined to decide on enrolment.
Some prestigious colleges which offer the course on a full-time basis are Jamia Mallia Islamia University, New Delhi; Bombay’s Teacher Training College, Mumbai; Institute of Professional Excellence and Management; Ghaziabad, Mewar University, Rajasthan; Integral University, Lucknow; ST. Beded College, Shimla; Institute of Professional Excellence and Management, Ghaziabad; and Shobhit University, Uttar Pradesh.
D.Ed. (Diploma in Education), JBT, D.T.Ed. (Diploma in Teachers Education) and ETT (Elementary Teacher Training) courses are some of the courses which are similar to Diploma in Elementary Education. It shares similarities in the syllabus and course structure with D.El.Ed. JBT, D.Ed., D.T.Ed. and ETT courses. These courses also offer similar job opportunities after completing two years long academic program, D.El.Ed. Elementary level schools and related educational institutes imparting elementary education are some of the places which are open to professionals in this field. This teacher training course is best suited for those who wish to be able to teach at elementary level schools.
The course covers subjects about Child Development and Learning, Curriculum and pedagogy, Regional languages, English Language Teaching, Environmental Science Training, Mathematics Teaching, Art Education, Physical Education, Social Science Teaching and General Science Education. Therefore, D.El.Ed. the academic program boasts a holistic mixture of educational technology, teaching skills, and subject-wise knowledge. The completion of the degree introduces one to new opportunities as successful candidates can then work in institutes like government bodies, private schools, nursery, day care centers, and private coaching organizations and take up the position of a teacher, Assistant teacher, Student counselor or a tutor. Other career prospects include the roles of Recordkeeper, Librarian, education developer and content writer.