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How can we make integrated teacher education courses succeed?
Educational Budget 2018-19, proposed during the current budget session has indicated that the there is going to a paradigm shift toward the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) as an undergraduate program of teacher preparation.

If it gets going there would be four or five-year duration BA / BSc BEd courses. The intention is that students clear cut professional decision of being a teacher will join the integrated courses and become a better teacher and be instrumental in improving the quality of school education.

But, this needs to be linked with the capacity building the teacher educators who are deemed to be least professionals and not imparting quality education to the prospective teachers by and large. Some recent researches suggest that whatever be the nature of a course design, unless the content, pedagogical and educational technology skills mastery is not honed by teacher educators, the results will be same.

In integrated teacher education colleges, where students earn a Bachelor degree and teaching degree with Multiple Subject Credentials in four or five years, the teacher educators have to role models both as content and method masters.

It has been seen that when a new course starts, initially, for some time, there is a upsurge of motivation and improvement but it does not get sustained and everything turns into routine work of sending circulars, notices and activity checklists.

Earlier too, at an experimental level, integrated elementary and secondary level teacher education were tried successfully but could not get mainstreamed because the resistance by the existing teacher educators. Therefore, the continuous capacity building of teacher educators and back up support for their quality performance with the help of NCERT, NCTE and NEUPA has to be put in place, or else the whole thing will be planned to fail as usual.

However, the emphasis should also be on inclusive education practices to integrate the special education practices in the course.

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