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Early Childhood Education… Overall development of children…

Early age children are synonyms for curiosity and enthusiasm and they are always eager to learn new things. Grasping capacities of the kids of two to five age group are simply superb. The role of amicable teachers at pre-primary level is pivotal in molding these young minds into productive citizens and creative geniuses of future. The Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education (PGDECE) aims at creation of such amicable teachers, who can kindle the passion for learning in the kids.

Course and Career with PGDECE:
Andhra Mahila Sabha (AMS), Hyderabad has initiated the PGDECE programme in 1984. Ever since, hundreds of students have undergone the programme successfully, launching themselves at national and international career platforms. Unique of its kind, the PGDECE is offered only in Hyderabad and has witnessed students from Vishakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Tirupati, Guntur, Warangal and other parts of the state reaching the city in persuasion of the course.

Intent of the Programme:
Schooling and primary education has gained increased focus in the recent years. It has also received greater attention from parents, who are demanding for more interactive and participative learning methods for their children. Several new schools with modern teaching methods are coming up in towns, cities and district centers and these schools are employing trained teachers with better schooling skills by paying them attractive salaries.

The Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education (PGDECE) programme helps the teachers in schooling the children of play-school, Lower Kinder Garden (LKG), Upper Kinder Garden (UKG), Preparatory Programmes, First, Second and Third classes. As part of the programme, the prospective teachers would be trained in the pedagogic methods which enable the physical, psychological and material development of the children. They would also be trained in different participative, activity-based yet non-straining methods of teaching. Overall, the programme is oriented towards training the teachers who can facilitate the interactive and overall development of the children.

Female graduates from a recognized university are eligible. Graduates with distance mode degree can also apply. There is no age bar for the admission to the programme.

Selection Process:
The number of available seats for the programme is 45. The selection of candidates is based on their marks obtained in the graduation. The reservation for SC/ST/OBC/PH is applicable as per the government norms.

Details of Fee, Scholarship and Accommodation:
Rs. 25,000 per annum is to be paid towards fee for the programme. Scholarships, based on age criteria, would be rendered to the candidates from SC/ST/OBC/PH and other deserving categories. Candidates hailing from far-off regions would be given accommodation.

Methods of teaching, Projects and Particles:
The programme syllabus is to meet the requirements of teaching at pre-primary and primary schools. This year long programme has four papers and the syllabus includes - Foundation of Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Care and Development, ECE Programme Planning and Management, Methods, Approach and Materials of Child Education. It further includes Apprentice, Pre-primary Teaching Practice, Primary Teaching Practice, Projects and Visits to the Schools. The medium of instruction is English.

NCTE Accreditation:
The PGDECE programme has been accredited by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), and also recognised by the Osmania University. On completion of the programme, the candidates would receive a certificate from Osmania University.

The PGDECE programme has proved enduring prospects for the students. Several trainees have received placements during the course. The alumni of the programme are placed in various corporate schools, international schools and central government schools. There are even instances of students being placed at national and international platforms too. Few enterprising wards have come up with their own establishments of play schools and primary schools.

Notification in June:
The annual notification for the admission into the PGDECE programme would be released during the second half of the June every year. The admissions, based on the merit in Graduation, would take place till mid July, followed by the commencement of classes in third week of July.
– Savalam Upender, News line,
Osmania University, Hyderabad.

PGDECE is a boon in disguise:
The Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education programme has turned out to be a boon in disguise for me. For any middle class girl of my stature, marriage is the next usual thing to happen after graduation. So, it has happened to me. I could never avail higher studies. Ten years after my marriage, I did this programme and got placed in Bachpan Play School. This has not only lightened my economic burdens, but also helped me to achieve financial independence.
– Geeta, Teacher,
Bachpan Play School.

Wider employment opportunities with the programme:
Pre-primary education is the foundation for higher education of any child. In concurrence with this fact, the modern day parents are looking forward for discipline and value-based education, and spending thousands of rupees in plays schools. Today thousands of such schools have mushroomed in the city centers. So have the employment opportunities grown for the graduates of Early Childhood Education. Unlike past, even the wages are touching pinnacles.
– Krishnaveni, Principal,
Andhra Mahila Sabha College for teacher Education, Hyderabad.

Other Avenues:
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (Kindergarten)
    Tamil Nadu Open University

  • Diploma Programme in Early Childhood Care and Education
    School Of Continuing Education,
    Indira Gandhi National Open University
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education
    SNDT College of Home Science, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education
    Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education
    SIES Institute of Comprehensive Education, Mumbai
Published date : 12 Sep 2013 04:31PM

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