A teacher is a person who imbibes in his/her pupil’s knowledge, competence, and virtue. Informally, anyone can be a teacher. Your mother, father, gardener, or anyone who teaches you something can be called a teacher. But to become a teacher in a formal context, such as in schools, colleges, etc., you need to complete certain certifications like KTET.

Teachers may teach literacy, craftsmanship or vocational training, arts, religion, civics, community roles, or life skills. Teachers’ duties comprise preparing lessons according to the curriculum, giving lessons, and then assessing pupils’ learning. A teacher’s professional duties, on the other hand, extend beyond formal teaching in doing tasks like accompanying students on field trips, supervising study halls, helping with organizing of school functions, and serve as supervisors for extracurricular activities.

The profession of teaching is one of the most dignified and respectful professions. Teachers have been considered and revered like Gods in India since very old times. The profession of teaching has plenty of scope in India and the world. From a playschool teacher to a University lecturer, from giving home tuitions to coaching classes, all come under the heading of teaching. Nowadays, teachers can also become Career Counsellors, Education Consultants, Curriculum Developers, and Virtual Instructors.

To become a teacher formally, certain certifications are required. To become schoolteachers in government schools, the candidate should pass CTET or state TETs like KARTET. Eligibility criteria are almost similar for CTET or State TET. CTET makes you eligible for teaching in Central schools like ‘Kendriya Vidyalayas’ whereas passing state TET makes you eligible for teaching in government schools run by that state.

Job Prospects:

There is a huge potential for teaching jobs in the country and the world. With free and mandatory education now being promoted by the government, many schools have been opened around the country with many more to be opened that hire teachers through exams like KTET. Thus, there is a large number of teaching jobs that are available and there’s not going to be any dearth of teaching jobs in the future. There are some prospects of being a teacher.

  • Respect: Teaching is considered one of the most respectful jobs around the world.
  • Short Working hours: Even though the working hours differ from institution to institution, they are generally less lengthy as compared to other jobs.
  • Vibrant job: Every day is different in the life of a teacher. There are new challenges every day that make this job very less boring.

How to Become a Teacher?

After completing schooling, a bachelor’s degree or diploma in education is a must. Then to apply in government schools, clearing Central or State TET (Teacher Eligibility Test) is mandatory. Central government schools like Kendriya Vidyalaya hire through CTET. On the other hand, state government schools hire through state TET like KARTET.

Exam Pattern for TET papers:

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Aspects of Being a Teacher:

Those who love gaining knowledge as well as sharing it with others are perfectly suited to teaching. One should remember that teaching as a profession demands you to be extremely careful of your personality and knowledge as students look up to you for inspiration. A teacher must be approachable enough for students to share any difficulties that they face and must be sensitive to their problems. A teacher should also have good communication skills to accurately convey the knowledge to the students.

The personal satisfaction gained from teaching others is unparalleled. You need not be a subject teacher. If you do not want to teach physics, English, maths, etc., you can instead become a Physical Training & Sports teacher, Yoga teacher or an Art and Craft teacher. So, if you want to be a teacher, do not give it a second thought. Start preparing today.

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