A Bachelor of Education (BEd) is an undergraduate academic degree which qualifies the graduate as a teacher in schools. In India, Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) is a course offered for those interested in pursuing career in teaching. The B.Ed degree is mandatory for teaching in higher primary schools and high schools. The minimum qualification required for entry into B.Ed course is Bachelor of Arts(B.A), Bachelor of Science (BSc)or Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com). While students from arts stream are trained to teach subjects like history, civics, geography and languages. The students from science stream are trained to teach mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.
After B.Ed, students can pursue Master in Education (MEd) in Indian universities. National Council for Teacher Education is statutory body which regulates courses in teaching in India. The programme is an attempt towards fulfilling the need for professionally qualified elementary school teachers. B.Ed. is designed to integrate the study of subject knowledge, human development, pedagogical knowledge and communication skills. Both professional and academic options are available to students who graduate with a B.Ed. degree.