Diploma in Elementary Education - [D.El.Ed.] - Course Overview




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    D.El.Ed (Diploma of Elementary Education) Full Form, Course, Admission, Colleges, Syllabus, NIOS D.El.Ed, Jobs, Scope 2020-2021

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    What is D.El.Ed?

    D.El.Ed is a 2-year full-time diploma course to train teachers for primary level teaching, ie, from class I to VIII. D.El.Ed stands for Diploma course in Elementary Education and covers the teaching methods of children between the ages of 6 to 14. The 2-year curriculum is divided into 4 semesters and has been designed to enhance the educational qualities techniques and new teaching methods.

    The AISHE portal states that out of 7.2% of students enrolled at the Diploma level in India, the majority of students are enrolled in Teacher Training Courses.

    deled course key points and highlights

    The D.El.Ed qualification was made mandatory for all candidates willing to teach in the primary level schools after the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed by the Indian Parliament. D.El.Ed courses can be obtained through both regular as well as online mode.

    Note: Prakash Javadekar, Ex Union Minister for Human Resources Development warned that untrained teachers working at Govt. schools are likely to lose their jobs unless they successfully complete the D.El.Ed course.

    The qualification to apply for D.El.Ed courses are that the aspirants ought to have fundamental merit of 10+2 or equal passed with 50% marks from a recognized board. In-service teachers are required to acquire a D.El.Ed qualification within a period of 5 years.

    Key Points of D.El.Ed

    • Course Level: Diploma
    • Course Duration: 2 years
    • Examination Type: Semester System
    • Eligibility: 10+2 from a recognized board
    • Admission Process: Entrance exam followed by Personal Interview or Merit Based
    • D.El.Ed Top Colleges: Jamia Millia Islamia University, Bombay Teachers Training College, Amity University, Dr. D Y Patil Vidya Pratishthan Society
    • Course Fee: INR 5,000 to 50,000 annually
    • D.El.Ed Distance Education: Can be pursued through NIOS
    • Average Starting Salary: INR 2 to 5 LPA
    • Top Recruiting Organisations: St. Xavier’s Primary School, Don Bosco High School, Inventure Academy, OBEROI International Schools
    • Top Recruiting Areas: Coaching areas, education departments, private tuitions
    • Top Job Profiles: Primary teacher, content reviewer, career counselor, etc.

    The aspirants through this course are taught the methods of inquiry and epistemological structures of their subjects and how students learn so that they can expand and use teaching methods in different settings of elementary classrooms.

    The curriculum fees for the D.El.Ed course would range from INR 5,000 into Rs. 50,000 annually depending upon the Institute or University the candidate is admitted in.

    top deled college comparison in India

    Source: MHRD

    Business-standard.com states that 1 out 6 elementary school teachers are not professionally trained. The number of untrained in-service teachers is so large that it is difficult to train them through the regular formal system. To deal with the situation, NIOS D.El.Ed Training Program was developed by the Academic Department of NIOS on the initiative of MHRD, Government of India. The course structure was designed by following the NCF 2005 (National Curriculum Framework), NCFTE 2010 (National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education), and RTE 2009 (Right to Education) act.

    Gender distribution of enrolled Teacher Training students

    D.El.Ed Eligibility

    What is the Eligibility for D.El.Ed?

    There are some basic requirements to enroll in the D.El.Ed course. The eligibility is more or less the same for all the states. However few states may have specific requirements that vary. The candidates must check the details before applying for admission in the D.El.Ed course.

    The general requirements are stated below:

    • The lower age limit to apply for the D.El.Ed courses usually range between 17 to 18 years whereas the upper age limit can range from 34 to 35 years.
    • Candidates should have cleared 10+2 from a recognized board of education with 50% or higher marks (applicable only for general category students).
    • Applicants from the reserved categories such as the SC, ST, and OBC are given 5% relaxation in the Higher Secondary Examination marks. In such cases, candidates are supposed to produce their reservation certificates along with the other required documents.
    • The Higher Secondary Examination marks will only be considered even if the applicant is a graduate.
    • Some states and institutes conduct their own entrance examinations, hence aspirants must clear such exams for D.El.Ed admission.

    Untrained teachers who are already working at government primary or upper primary schools can also apply for the D.El.Ed course.

    D.El.Ed Admission Process

    What is the D.El.Ed Admission Process?

    The D.El.Ed admission process is held annually by the respective state. Every state has its designated board or organization that conducts D.EL.Ed admission and the notifications are released on the official websites by the concerned departments. Not all states conduct entrance exams for D.El.Ed admission.

    States like Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam conduct entrance exams for D.El.Ed admissions, whereas some other states West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, do not conduct entrance exams for D.El.Ed admissions.

    • Entrance Based Admission: D.El.Ed entrance exam syllabus includes subjects studied at school. It is an objective type written exam with multiple choice answers. The syllabus includes basic subjects like Mathematics and Numerical Ability, General Knowledge, English, Teaching Abilities, Language Test (Hindi or regional language)

    Some important details about a few D.El.Ed Entrance Exams are tabulated below.

    Exam Conducting BodyExam DateResult Declaration
    AP DEECET 2020Andhra Pradesh School of Education Department23 to 24 June, 202029 Jun 2020
    Bihar D.El.Ed JET 2020Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB)28 August, 2020 (As per Media Reports)To be notified 
    SCERT Odisha Entrance Exam 2020Directorate of Teacher Education and SCERT, Government of Odisha2nd week of August, 2020Third week of August 2020
    Uttarakhand D.El.Ed 2020Uttarakhand Board of School Education, Uttarakhand (UBSE)Postponed Postponed 
    SCERT Assam D.El.Ed PETState Council of Educational Research and Training, Assam (SCERT, Assam)Postponed After the commencement of the exam
    • Merit-Based Admission:
    Course NameConducting BodyLast Date of ApplicationMerit List Declaration
    UP BTC D.El.Ed 2020Uttar Pradesh Parishak Niyamak Pradhikari, Allahabad2nd week of July, 20203rd week of July, 2020
    WB D.El.Ed 2020West Bengal Board of Primary Education4th week of Jun 2020July 2020

    The application fees of the various state-level D.El.Ed courses range around INR 250 to 600.

    D.El.Ed. Syllabus

    D.El.Ed. Syllabus

    The D.El.Ed curriculum focuses on the present educational requirements and child psychology along with the process of Learning -Reading -Writing.

    The syllabus for 2 years of Diploma in Elementary Education is stated below.

    Year 1Year 2
    Childhood and the development of childrenCognition, sociocultural context
    Contemporary societyTeacher identity and school culture
    Education, societyLeadership and change
    Towards understanding the selfPedagogy of environmental studies
    Mathematics education for the primaryDiversity and education
    Proficiency in EnglishSchool health and education
    Work and educationFine arts and education
    Internship Internship 

    Internships are included in both the years of study which helps the D.El.Ed students to implement the methods of teaching that they learn during their course.

    D.El.Ed. Colleges

    What are the Top D.El.Ed. Colleges?

    Some of the top D.El.Ed colleges along with the city they are situated in, fee structure, and average annual package expected in each of the colleges are given below.

    Colleges Location Accreditation Annual Fees
    Jamia Millia Islamia University New Delhi AICTE, UGC, NAAC-AINR 6,900
    Maulana Azad National Urdu University Hyderabad UGC, NAAC-AINR 5,700
    Dr. D Y Patil Vidya Pratishthan SocietyPune NCTE, AICTE, NAAC, NBAINR 13,340
    Bombay Teachers’ Training College – [BTTC]Mumbai NCTE, NAAC-AINR 17,310
    Amity University Noida NCTE, COA, BCI, AICTE, UGC, AIUINR 60,000
    Pacific University Udaipur UGC, AIUINR 50,000
    Green Valley College of EducationBhopal NCTE, NAAC-AINR 35,000
    Dayalbagh Educational Institute Agra UGC, NAAC-A, MHRDINR 5,950
    Mewar UniversityChittorgarh NCTE, PCI, BCI, AICTE, UGCINR 53,000
    Integral UniversityLucknow PCI, MCI, NAAC, UGCINR 50,000

    Private D.El.Ed colleges tend to have higher fee structure and they mostly take in students directly through the merit system. Whereas, government colleges depend on D.El.Ed entrance exams for admitting students and they have comparably lower fee structure. Degrees from both government and private institutions are approved by the NCTE.

    Student Enrollment in Teacher Training course in indian states

    Source: MHRD

    NIOS D.El.Ed

    NIOS D.El.Ed

    NIOS D.El.Ed program is specifically designed for the in-service untrained teachers who are working in the primary schools of different states throughout the country. The program has been developed by the Academic Department, NIOS on the initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India, keeping in view the NCF 2005 (National Curriculum Framework), RTE 2009 (Right to Education) and NCFTE 2010 (National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education) act.

    NIOS D.El.Ed program aims at enabling the enrolled students to develop in their skills and understanding to make teaching and learning more effective.

    The NIOS D.El.Ed course fee structure laid out by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, for the 2 years course is :

    • Total Fees is INR 12,000 (i.e. Rs.6000/- per year).
    • 1st year Course Fee:- Rs.4,500/- (Rs.1500/- exempted for the DISH TV Set-top box to watch the video lectures on SWAYAMPRABHA DTH Channel no. 32)
    • 2nd year Course Fee:- Rs.6,000/-
    • candidates may deposit the fees through online mode only via using Credit Card, Debit Card, Net Banking services.

    According to Hindustan Times, over 12 lakh untrained teachers across the country are taking the examination for two years D.El.Ed course through the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) in pursuance of Prime Minister’s Digital India campaign.

    NIOS D.El.Ed Admission

    The eligibility criteria for NIOS D.El.Ed is similar to that of the requirements of the regular D.El.Ed course. The only difference being that the degree would be considered valid only for the in-service primary teachers. The NIOS D.El.Ed admission is done through online application and after successfully clearing the entrance exams.

    The admission procedure for the NIOS D.El.Ed course is stated below:

    • Visit the official website
    • Click on the apply link and make online registration.
    • The applicant needs to mention all the personal details such as name, parent’s name, address, gender, date of birth, etc in the application form.
    • Upload the scanned photograph, signature, and the other required documents mentioned on the online application form.
    • Click on the register button, after which the registration number and login details will be sent to the registered email id.
    • Pay the application fees, ie. INR 250 either online or through offline mode.
    • Download the NIOS D.El.Ed application form for future reference.

    The candidates can download their NIOS D.El.Ed Hall Ticket/Admit Card a week before the exam from the official NIOS Portal. The students can access the portal and get the required information about the NIOS D.El.Ed Results, Merit List, Cut Off Marks by using their Admit Card Number and Password.

    NIOS D.El.Ed Course Details

    The D.El.Ed program offered by NIOS is a 2-year course divided into 4 semesters. The NIOS D.El.Ed study material and program guide is available in 12 different languages such as Hindi, English, Urdu, Bengali, Marathi in the NIOS official website.

    The course structure of the NIOS D.El.Ed program is tabulated below:

    Course CodeCourse Group and TitleCredit Weightage 
    First Year
    501Elementary Education in India, Social-Cultural Perspective
    502Pedagogic process in Elementary Schools8
    503Learning Languages at Elementary Level4
    504Learning Mathematics at Elementary Level4
    505Learning EVS at Primary Level4
    Second Year
    506Understanding Children in Inclusive Context8
    507Community and Elementary Education4
    508Learning Art, Physical and Work Education at Elementary Level4
    509Learning Social Science at Upper Primary Level4
    510Learning Science at Upper Primary Level l4
    Practical Details
    511School-Based Activities4
    512Workshop- Based Activities4
    513School-Based Activities4
    514Workshop- Based Activities4

    The course-based assignment of the NIOS D.El.Ed program forms an integral and compulsory part of the instructional system. The topics of the assignments can be downloaded from the NIOS official website. Writing and submitting the assignment is mandatory as it carries a weightage of 30 marks.

    D.El.Ed Scope and Career Prospects

    What is the Scope and Career Prospects of D.El.Ed?

    After the completion of the D.El.Ed course, the candidates have to appear for CTET or State level TET exams for starting a career as an elementary school teacher. Candidates aspiring for getting jobs in government schools will have to appear for the Teacher Recruitment Exam (TRT) conducted by the respective state government. The pay in the Government sector is about 30% higher than in the private sector, hence the candidates usually aim for teaching jobs at government schools.

    Given below is a list of the probable job options available after completing the D.El.Ed course.

    Job Profile Job Description Average Annual Salary
    Primary TeacherPrimary teachers educate children who are 5 to 12 years of age. They are responsible with the development of students’ literacy and emotional growth.INR 2.37 lakhs
    Content ReviewerContent Reviewers review materials submitted by technical writers for grammar, punctuation, and content.INR 5.2 lakhs
    Content Writer Web content writers compose content specifically for online users. These types of content writers can face stiff competition for available positions.INR 2.43 lakhs
    Career CounsellorThey examine client records and conduct interviews and administer aptitude and achievement tests to gather the information that assists them in helping clients choose careers.INR 2.41 lakhs
    Government Primary School TeacherThey help in the development of students from a very young age in government schools.INR 4.2 lakhs

    The content reviewing sector or editing is said to expand up to 12% in the next 5 years. Content writing on the Internet will grow by about 20% in the next 5 years.

    With a number of government schemes for rural education and a good pay scale, D.El.Ed course is a lucrative option for the candidates.

    D.El.Ed Salary Trends

    Source: Payscale

    D.El.Ed Future Options

    Students can opt for further studies after the completion of D.El.Ed. Courses like B.El.Ed, B.Ed and M.Ed can be pursued for acquiring teaching jobs in high secondary schools.

    There are few other diploma and certificate courses like BTC (Basic training Certificate), NTT (Nursery Teacher Training), DED (Diploma in Education), PTC (Primary teachers Certificate), ETE (Elementary Teacher Education), TTC (Teachers Training Certificate), JBT (Junior Basic Training) that are similar to D.El.Ed courses.

    Listed below are some of the courses that can be pursued after the D.El.Ed course.

    Course Eligibility Duration Average Fees
    B.El.Ed10+2 in any stream from a recognized board2 yearsINR 1.5 lakhs
    B.Ed50-55% marks in bachelors degree2 yearsINR 1 lakh
    B.A or B.Sc or B.ComClass XII from a recognized board3 yearsINR 75,000
    M.EdMinimum Percentage of 50% to 60% in graduation course (B.Ed)2 yearsINR 1.2 lakhs
    M.A or M.Sc or M.ComAggregate 50% in graduation or qualifying score in Entrance Exams2 years INR 80,000
    M.Phil55% marks in Master’s Degree in relevant subjects.2 yearsINR 55,000
    Ph.D 55% for General candidates in PG 45% for SC/ST/OBC/specially-abled category in PG3 to 5 yearsINR 1.25 lakhs

    D.El.Ed Future scope

    Source: College Websites

    The above courses can be pursued to gain expertise in a particular stream and obtain higher job profiles in government schools and colleges. PhD candidates can even work as professors in various institutes and colleges.

    D.El.Ed FAQs


    Ques. Is there any program to provide training to only Graduate teachers and what is the duration of this training?

    Ans. If a teacher is a plain Graduate, then, he/she is required to acquire a professional qualification, ie, D.El.Ed, for teaching at the elementary level (Class 6th to 8th). The NIOS offers an 18 months D.El.Ed program through open distance learning.

    Ques. Is D.El.Ed mandatory?

    Ans. D.El.Ed is mandatory for all in-service teachers at the primary level and for graduate only teachers at the upper primary level. This has been implied in accordance with the necessary qualifications mandated by NCTE under the RTE Act, 2009.

    Ques. Can Guest Teachers take admission in D.El.Ed. course?

    Ans. All in-service untrained elementary teachers teaching in Schools as defined under Section 2(n) of the RTE Act 2009 and recruited as per RTE Act 2009 can take admission in D.El.Ed. course.

    Ques. Are the government Urdu teachers working at Elementary Level eligible for D.El.Ed course?

    Ans. All untrained teachers teaching in Schools as defined under Section 2(n) of the RTE Act 2009 and recruited as per RTE Act 2009 are eligible to take admission in D.El.Ed course.

    Ques. Is the online D.El.Ed course conducted by NIOS through SWAYAM and SWAYAMPRABHA recognized by NCTE?

    Ans. Yes, this online course by NIOS has been recognized by NCTE.

    Ques. Are the Shiksha Mitra/Para teachers/Part-Time teachers /Teachers working on contract basis eligible for D.El.Ed course?

    Ans. All untrained teachers teaching in Schools as prescribed under Section 2(n) of the RTE Act 2009 and recruited as per the RTE Act 2009 are eligible to take admission in D.El.Ed course.

    Ques. Are Shastri and Drawing teachers who are working in Govt/ Govt-aided/Private unaided recognized schools eligible for D.El.Ed course?

    Ans. Yes, all untrained elementary teachers teaching in schools as defined under Section 2( n) of the RTE Act 2009 and recruited as per RTE Act 2009 can take admission in D.El.Ed course

    Ques. Are the teachers working in voluntary schools eligible for the D.El.Ed course?

    Ans. Untrained in-service elementary teachers working in schools covered under Section 2(n) of the RTE Act 2009 only are eligible for the D.El.Ed course offered by NIOS.

    Ques. Can the Madrasa teachers enroll themselves for the D.El.Ed course?

    Ans. Yes, all in-service untrained elementary teachers teaching in schools as defined under Section 2(n) of the RTE Act 2009 and recruited as per RTE Act 2009 can take admission in D.El.Ed course.

    Ques. Can a teacher teaching in a private school take admission in a D.El.Ed course?

    Ans. Yes, all untrained teachers of recognized Govt./Govt. aided/unaided private schools can take admission in the online D.El.Ed course by NIOS.

    Diploma in Elementary Education - [D.El.Ed.] Fee Structure in India

    13.8 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES1.6 L (Maximum Fee)
    76.36 K (Average Fee)
    9.93 K (Minimum Fee)PRIVATE COLLEGES3.21 L (Maximum Fee)
    84.77 K (Average Fee)

    Diploma in Elementary Education - [D.El.Ed.] Fee Structure by State

    Uttar Pradesh

    82 K
    84.58 K

    Delhi NCR

    13.8 K
    72.89 K

    Madhya Pradesh

    77.9 K
    92.14 K


    88 K
    79.22 K


    1.4 L
    1.29 L


    25.8 K
    53.6 K

    Himachal Pradesh

    76.5 K
    58.09 K


    20 K
    36.75 K


    1.6 L
    1.14 L




    i am a non teaching staff of a govt. aided school, want to complete d.el.ed course , i can't do regular course so please tell me what can i do?

    12 Mar, 2020 12:31
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hello, in that case, you must try getting admission in an open university such as IGNOU, NOU, BRABOU etc.

    12 Mar, 2020 12:49
    arjun pandit

    Is there any college who is providing D El Ed programme without teaching experience or any educational background since i m working in defence sector can't do regular course so please guide me . I want to join education sector after doing this course .

    03 Nov, 2019 16:27
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hello sir, you can apply for this course in Indira Gandhi National Open University. By doing so, you can continue your service as well as pursue the desired course. Kindly check the admission procedure for the same from here: IGNOU Admission Procedure

    04 Nov, 2019 12:24
    Mickey Mouse

    hello, after my graduation i completed B.ed course, my question is to you that in ctet it is asking for elementry education in 2 year/ 4 year, what is this ??? am i eligible for class 1 to 5

    01 Oct, 2019 15:58
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hello, yes, after completing B.Ed, you will be eligible to apply for primary teacher through CTET exam.

    04 Oct, 2019 16:26
    Ruby Agatha Biswas

    When is date for admission for d.el ed 2019

    21 Sep, 2019 15:49
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Ruby, admission date for a particular course varies from college to college. Thus, kindly mention the concerned college or visit the official website of the same.

    21 Sep, 2019 16:44
    Manjay Yadav

    Sitamarhi me deled dgree college kon kon h

    21 Sep, 2019 13:30
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Manjay, you can check the list of D.El.Ed Colleges in India from here.

    21 Sep, 2019 14:23
    Somnath Sarkar

    NIOS d.l.ed course is applicable for fresher???

    21 Aug, 2019 19:27
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Somnath, candidates who have pursued intermediate are eligible for this course.

    22 Aug, 2019 12:56
    Shyam sunder

    Kab hoga sir addmission

    26 Aug, 2019 19:40
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Shyam, this depends on the college/university in which you are applying as the admission dates vary from college to college.

    27 Aug, 2019 17:08
    pooja yadav

    Is maths compulsory in 12th??

    31 Jul, 2019 22:16
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Pooja, no, mathematics is not compulsory but student who had mathematics in intermediate are given preference at the time of admission.

    01 Aug, 2019 00:19
    Mini Upadhyay

    Hello sir .m 12th pass out hu aur mujhe del.ed m admission lena h. Kya m le skti hu ..plz sir reply me

    29 Jul, 2019 15:40
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Mini, yes, you are eligible for this course.

    29 Jul, 2019 16:54
    Nausherwan Aadil

    Can I pursue two courses in same time ? D El Ed aur Bsc D El Ed regular and Bsc distance Kya Mei dono eik sath ker sakta hoon? Please describe

    19 Jul, 2019 07:28
    Ayush Gupta

    Hi Nausherwan,No You cannot pursue 2 courses at the same time. As per UGC guidelines.

    24 Jul, 2019 18:16
    Soni Singh

    Hello mam... i m complete my graduation as a b.a. now i want to apply d.el.ed plz tell me now i eligible to apply d.el.ed

    27 Jun, 2019 10:56
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Soni, generally students who have passed intermediate are considered eligible to apply. However, percentage criteria varies from college to college. Thus, kindly mention the name of the college/university in which you want to take admission or you may check the official website of the same for relevant details.

    27 Jun, 2019 11:20

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