From School Teacher to Educational Administrator

Author: 
Dr. S. Ganesan

It is a well known fact that by acquiring / qualifying B.Ed., degree, one can become school teacher. But, what is next?  The teacher is always expected to be a learner, through life-long continuing education. The upward movement of school teacher towards management positions is one of the preferred carrier paths. Moving up in the carrier ladder needs certain special qualities, such as: mastery in subjects, specializations, super-specializations, research etc. The level jump requires certain additional qualification(s) in the field of education. People respect their head, when he/she posses extra-qualifications as compared to others. The supervisor/executive must be in high position to command his/her subordinations; the positional elevation is possible through acquiring additional qualifications in the field (besides experience/seniority).

QUALIFICATION SCOPE / PLACEMENT
B.Ed School Teacher
M.Ed Teacher Educator
M.A. Education Educational Administrator/
Educational Officer/Principal
P.G. Diploma in Educational Technology/Higher Education/Adult Education/School Leadership and Management Educational Specialist
Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management/ MBA- in Human Resource  Management  Human Resource Manager at Educational Institute
Certificate in Teaching of Primary School Mathematics/ English/Guidance Primary Teacher –cum - Specialist
Diploma in Early Child Education To start crèche (self-employment )

We all know that the higher cadres are converging at management namely- ‘lower level management’, ‘middle level management’, and ‘top level management’.  Being so, managing men, in other words, the Human Resource Management is inseparable part of any management system. The skill of managing men (and women) is harnessed through MBA-Human Resource (or) PG Diploma in Human Resource Management Studies. But, we see only few number of administrators, in Educational Management at school level, with Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management/MBA- Human Resource Management. Thus, a bright scope is available for school teachers with Human Resource Management Specialization for school management cadres.

The combinations of academic qualification(s) such as –M.A., B.Ed, M.B.A. (HR) will place Assistant Education Officer (AEO) with high respect among school teachers population. Similarly, the combination- B.Sc, B.Ed.,  MA-Education (or) MA, B.Ed, PG Diploma in School Leadership Management are preferred for school Head Master position. The educational qualification-Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Technology for a Computer Science subject teacher will place him/her in limelight  in zonal level. He/she will be preferred person for presentation in All India Radio or Doordarshan Kendra, due to his/her specialization diploma.

B.Ed M.Ed M.A. Education P.G.Diploma
FOCUS Teaching of School Subjects Teacher Education General Education and Special Branches Specialization in one of Educational field/area
CREDITS  72 credits 60 credits 68 credits 32 credits
DURATION 2  years 2 years 2 years One year
FEE RS. Rs.50000/- Rs.40,000/- Rs.16200 Rs.7400/-
BRANCHES/  SPECIALIZATIONS Pedagogy of Science
/Social Science/ English/
Mathematics/
Hindi Evaluation & Education/
Guidance & Counselling Higher Education/
Adult Education/
Distance Education/
Educational Technology/
Educational Management
Educational Technology/
Higher Education/
Adult Education/
School Leadership & Management/
Distance Education /
Human Resource Management/
Educational management and Administration
Pre-Primary Education
FURTHER SCOPE To study M.Ed and further Leads to research study in Education Leads to research in Educational Field Research for deep knowledge and super-specialization
NO. OF PAPERS 11 papers 8 papers 12 papers 6 papers


A sociology subject teacher with certificate in NGO Management will be a right choice for collaborative schemes with NGOs, at school level. To fit-in you in a desirable slot, the acquired academic qualifications facilitate in long-term. Thus, aligning one’s qualifications for higher position/higher portfolio/higher responsibilities etc. is need of the hour. Play your trump card, at right place at right time, will fetch educational manager positions easily. Imagine a school teacher having qualifications like-                  MA-Education, M.A. (Sociology), M.A. (Anthropology), B.Ed;   (or) MA-Education, B.Ed, Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Technology, PG Diploma in Higher Education, will be looked TALL among the group(s). The respect and reorganization among peer-group is another indirect benefit of enhanced (specialization) qualifications. Equipping for future higher positions, at young age, is one of the wise decisions for school teachers. You want to remain a simple school teacher forever? Or will excel to reach school management team, as part of team member or leader? The choice is yours; options are many in Open and Distance Learning System for your successful carrier growth and development.
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(The author is Regional Director of IGNOU, Regional Centre, Port Blair and can be reached at rcportblair@ignou.ac.in (M-8900936718)

Wednesday, 6 February, 2019