In conversation with Ramya Venkataraman, Founder & CEO, Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) Pvt. Ltd. about the Manipal and CENTA teacher training programme.
In what ways will a teacher training programme prepare teachers for the future?
There are many competencies that teachers need for being effective in classrooms and some of them have been always relevant and will continue to be important, such as a teacher’s understanding of his or her own subject. Similarly, involvement of all students in the classroom is equally important irrespective of the environment. However, few of these competencies are driven by factors like what children are expected to learn in today’s world. There are mainly skills like communication, problem solving, critical thinking or skills related to employment, integrated thinking across different subjects run the world now. These qualities are expected from all students now-a-days and therefore teachers need to have the abilities towards building those qualities in the students they teach. Likewise, the use of technology in education has been confirmed especially after Covid19 pandemic. Online education has been established for the future generations and to teach online, teachers require a set of skills with respect to teach virtually. With a good quality teacher development programme, teachers should be able to find themselves prepare on all the above fronts and empower them to deliver effectively in a future scenario.
What will this teacher training programs consist of?
It is six months distance learning programme and there are seven courses. Out of these seven six are common for everyone, covering a range of competencies in teaching. Such as understanding how child learning actually takes place, content development and lesson planning skills, pedagogical methods for different kinds of topics, student assessment to get insights on what are the capabilities and weaknesses in the child, communication skills in a classroom to involve all students and others. In addition to these, the seventh is an elective course. The candidate can choose one out of three options. The electives available are online teaching, IB and Cambridge curriculum, and finally international careers outside India.
What are the career prospects?
There are a lot of public, private and international schools as well as online teaching companies or firms doing complete content development interested in the placement fair of this programme by Manipal and CENTA. This gives an interesting set of opportunities for teachers to look forward to, for both freshers and experienced candidates. Also it is not just about having access to these opportunities, but it is about performing up to that level and delivering excellently in schools once recruited. Once you deliver as expected, the schools will recognise and appreciate your efforts. And this programme allows you to do that. The practical exposure given from this course makes you ready to a part of the community, and to be able to perform well right from the first day.