IGNOU B.Ed. Course, Exam, Syllabus and Job Opportunities

Teaching is an art/skill that helps a student to become successful in life. Many times we do not find a good teacher for subjects like Maths, Eco, English etc. If you want to become a teacher in schools (both govt. and private), you need a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree after your 3-year graduation.

Many private as well as govt. colleges are offering this course but I personally recommend you IGNOU.

As we know that IGNOU is a govt. body university and it is very reputed. You can pursue your B.Ed program easily at very low cost.

About the programme


The Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) programme of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has been designed with the aim to develop an understanding of the teaching-learning process at a secondary and senior-secondary level among student teachers.

It focuses on enabling student-teachers to reflect critically on perspectives of education and integrate holistically the theory and practices to facilitate the active engagement of learners for knowledge creation.

Eligibility of B.Ed. course

At least 50% marks either in the Bachelor’s Degree and/or in the Master’s Degree in any stream.

a) Bachelor’s in Engineering or Technology with specialization in Science and Mathematics with 55% marks or any other qualification equivalent thereto, and

b) The following categories are eligible to be students of B.Ed. (ODL):(i) Candidates who have completed an NCTE recognized teacher education programme through face-to-face mode.·         

The reservation and relaxation of 5% marks in minimum eligibility will be provided to SC/ST/OBC (Non-creamy layer)/PWD candidates as per the rules of the Central Government.·         

Age Limit

No age bar to pursue this B.Ed course from IGNOU. You may take admission at any time if you fulfil the eligibility criteria.

Reservation to Kashmiri Migrants and war widow candidates will be provided as per the University Rules.

Duration of this course

IGNOU B.Ed. is a 2-year course after graduation. IGNOU gives you a maximum of 5 years to complete this program.

Entrance Exam

An Entrance will be help on the mentioned date across India. You can download your hall ticket from the IGNOU website. Final selection is based on rank in the merit list. A student should provide all document proofs at the time of admission. The total number of a seat in each centre is 50.

Programme Structure/Syllabus

The IGNOU B.Ed. programme is the mixture of both theory and practice so that students can acquire skills for teaching-learning at the secondary or senior secondary level. The case studies with relevant situations help to improve the practical knowledge of students. Keeping this in view, the programme has the following components:

First Year

Core Courses: 16 credits
Content-based Methodology Courses (two) : 08 credits
Workshop – I: 04 credits
EPC I and II: 04 credits
Internship – I: 04 credits

Second Year

Core Courses: 12 credits
Optional Courses: 04 credits
Workshop – II: 04 credits
EPC III and IV: 04 credits
Internship – II: 12 credits

IGNOU B.Ed. first-year course details

Core courses 16 Credits

Course Name Credits
BES-121Childhood and Growing Up 4
BES-122Contemporary India and Education 4
BES-123Learning and Teaching 4
BES-124Language Across the Curriculum 2
BES-125Understanding Disciplines and Subjects 2

Content-based methodology courses (8 CREDITS)
Any two courses are to opt

Course Name Credits
BES-141 Pedagogy of Science 4
BES-142 Pedagogy of Social Science 4
BES-143 Pedagogy of Mathematics 4
BES-144 Pedagogy of English 4
BES-145 Pedagogy of Hindi 4

Practical courses (12 CREDITS)
Workshop – I

Course CodeCourse Name Credits
BESL-131 Workshop Based Activities 4


Course CodeCourse Name Credits
BESL-121 Reading and Reflecting on the Texts 2
BESL-122 Application of ICT 2


Course CodeCourse Name Credits
BESL-133 Internship I 4

IGNOU B.Ed. second-year course details

Core courses

Course Name Credits
BES-126Knowledge and Curriculum 4
BES-127Assessment for Learning 4
BES-128Creating an Inclusive School 2
BES-129Gender, School and Society 2

Optional courses (Anyone course to opt)

Course Name Credits
BESE-131 Open and Distance Education 4
BESE-132 Guidance and Counseling 4
BESE-133 Adolescence and Family Education* 4
BESE-134 Vocational Education* 4
BESE-135 Information and Communication

Practical Courses (20 CREDITS)
Workshop – II

Course CodeCourse Name Credits
BESL-132 Workshop Based Activities 4


Course CodeCourse Name Credits
BESL-123 Drama and Art in Education 2
BESL-124 Understanding the Self and Yoga 2

Internship – II

Course CodeCourse Name Credits
BESL-134 Internship II 12

If a student has missed any term-end examination of a course for any reason, he/she may appear in the subsequent term-end examination. This facility will be available until a student secures the minimum pass grade, but only up to a period of five years from the date of registration.

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8 thoughts on “IGNOU B.Ed. Course, Exam, Syllabus and Job Opportunities”

    • In 2019, there are few changes in IGNOU B.Ed. admission criteria, You should pass your graduate degree along with any teaching diploma course (D.El.Ed) in face to face mode (means regular study).
      In previous, they consider 2-year experience after graduation degree but now they change rules.

  1. I have BTech and Mtech in ECE , is there any chance for me to do b.ed and enroll as teacher?I have experience of 4years also in teaching. I have taught mathematics also

    • Hi Deepak,
      Thanks for reading this blog post. Basically, it depends on university. But as per my knowledge- you must have experience in educational field like teaching in schools or colleges. It may add some value. But as you mention that you have done B.Tech so I would suggest you to go for M.Tech. It is more beneficial then B.Ed.


  2. I have completed Masters in English through IGNOU but I am not teaching in any school neither I am trained teacher through Ncte face to face mode…can I apply for b.ed through IGNOU…can u share IGNOU colleges names in Kolkata where b.ed course is available…


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