The Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.) programme is a four-year integrated professional degree programme of Elementary Teacher Education. This is a bilingual programme, conceptualized by the Maulana Azad Centre for Elementary and Social Education (MACESE) of the Department of Education, University of Delhi. Launched in the academic year 1994-95, the programme is an attempt towards fulfilling the need for professionally qualified elementary school teachers.
Envisaged on the belief that quality elementary teacher education can bring much desired changes in the overall educational scenario, the programme is a grass root attempt to rejuvenate, transform and establish an organic link between a significant agency of socialization, that is, the school and the larger educational discourse. It aims at redefining the social function of the school teacher in the context of achieving universalization of Elementary Education besides focusing on developing a deep critical understanding of the curriculum and pedagogy in teachers, who are believed to perform a transformative role in school education. Following a truly multi-disciplinary approach, the curriculum of this programme amalgamates the undergraduate studies in various disciplines with the educational theories and pedagogical experience in a phased manner.
The programme offers a unique combination of liberal and professional education, preparing students not only to become teachers, but also equips them with the necessary background to pursue higher education. The bilingual nature of the programme posits construction of knowledge as a free process beyond linguistic barriers. Heterogeneity in the student population as well as faculty contributes to the richness and vastness of the identities and experiences of the students and facilitates knowledge acquisition through dialogic reflection.