Distance B.Ed vs Regular B.Ed

Abhik Das
Abhik DasPublished On: July 11, 2020

This article discusses in details about both the regular B.Ed degree programme and distance B.Ed degree programme along with their advantages and disadvantages to help the upcoming B.Ed aspirants' decision making. 

Regular B.Ed Degree or Distance B.Ed Degree - Which is the better choice?

The process of learning has evolved greatly over the last couple of decades. Today, the process of learning is not what it used to be a couple of decades back. Obtaining a degree these days has become so easy with new means and mediums available to the students through which they can do so from the comfort of their homes. Today, there are so many degree courses that are offered in distance mode where the students can obtain a degree without going to a college regularly and at the same time earning a few extra bucks. In this manner, the students gain valuable work experience and are better placed when placed in the bracket of students who obtained their degrees from the regular mode.

The B.Ed or Bachelor of Education degree course too has not remained untouched by this evolution. Today there are many institutions which offer the B.Ed degree programme in distance mode which is gaining more popularity among the graduates. But teaching is not like some other jobs. It requires a good amount of both theoretical and practical knowledge in addition to abundant on-field experience.

The question which arises from this scenario is whether or not the distance B.Ed programme is beneficial for the candidates. In this article, we will try to provide some unique perspectives on “Which between a regular B.Ed degree and distance B.Ed degree is a viable option for the students”.

Table of Contents

Regular B.Ed vs Distance B.Ed - Comparison Table

How Regular B.Ed Degree is Different from Distance B.Ed?

Pros of Pursuing B.Ed Degree from Regular Mode

Cons of Pursuing B.Ed Degree from Regular Mode

Pros of Pursuing B.Ed Degree from Distance Mode

Cons of Pursuing B.Ed Degree from Distance Mode

Related B.Ed ArticlesFAQs on DIstance B.Ed and Regular B.Ed

Regular B.Ed vs Distance B.Ed - Comparison Table

Through the comparison table provided below, we will try to figure out if there are any major differences between the regular B.Ed and distance B.Ed programme -

Regular B.Ed Programme

Distance B.Ed Programme

Duration of Programme

02 Years

02 to 05 Years

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should be a graduate or postgraduate in either Engineering/Science/Commerce/Arts stream from a recognised University

  • Graduate applicants should have a minimum aggregate of 50% in their qualifying exam

  • Postgraduate applicants should have a minimum aggregate of 55% in their qualifying exam

  • A valid entrance exam score

  • Applicants should have a Bachelor’s/Masters degree in Engineering/Science/Commerce/Arts stream from a recognised University

  • Applicants should at least have secured an aggregate of 50% in their respective qualifying examinations

  • Applicants must be trained in-service teachers in elementary education

  • Those who have completed an NCTE recognised Teacher’s Education Programme in a face to face mode can also apply

  • Those who have a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience in upper primary/primary schools are also eligible to apply

Entrance Exams

Average Course Fee

INR 50,000 to INR 2 Lakh per annum

INR 50,000 to INR 1 Lakh per annum

Top Universities/Institutions

How Regular B.Ed Degree is Different from Distance B.Ed?

Except for the differences mentioned in the table below, there are some other differences between the regular B.Ed programme and distance B.Ed programme which have been pointed out in the table provided below -

Regular B.Ed Programme

Distance B.Ed Programme

  • Students have to visit their respective university/institution on a regular basis

  • Students have to study as per the schedule provided by the college/institution

  • Students can get their queries solved from the faculty members directly

  • Campus placement opportunities are available to the students

  • Students do not have to go to college regularly to pursue the intended programme
  • The study schedule is flexible
  • Students cannot get their queries sorted out instantly by the faculty members or lecturers
  • Students have to find job opportunities on their own and no help is provided by the college or institution in this matter

Pros of Pursuing B.Ed Degree from Regular Mode

The advantages or pros of pursuing a regular B.Ed degree study have been listed below -

  • The regular mode of study imparts sound knowledge of various aspects of teaching to the trainee teachers

  • The trainee teachers are taught the course materials through various innovative teaching and learning strategies

  • The regular mode of study prepares the teacher trainees for various types of problems that might arise inside a classroom

  • In regular mode, the trainee teachers learn the importance of pedagogical analysis

Cons of Pursuing B.Ed Degree from Regular Mode

Here are some cons of pursuing B.Ed degree study from regular mode -

  • Regular mode of B.Ed degree study is not beneficial for those who have already served in any institution (Government or Government-aided) for at least a duration of 1 year. It basically benefits the freshers only

  • The candidates have to score a minimum aggregate of 50% in the graduation or 55% in their postgraduation o pursue B.Ed degree study from regular mode

Pros of Pursuing B.Ed Degree from Distance Mode

There are certain advantages of pursuing B.Ed degree study in distance mode and some of which are mentioned below -

  • Candidates can work in part-time mode while at the same time pursuing their B.Ed degree study

  • The candidates can save money as ODL does not require the candidates to visit the college/institution regularly

  • The candidates can invest the time saved in some other productive work because in the end - Time is Money

  • The candidates have the freedom to learn at their own pace

  • The candidates can study whenever and from wherever they want

Cons of Pursuing B.Ed Degree from Distance Mode

There are, however, some cons or disadvantages regarding B.Ed degree study from distance mode some of which are listed below -

  • Candidates can easily get distracted very often due to the absence of a mentor or lecturer

  • Many schools prefer to recruit those teachers who have a regular B.Ed degree

  • Practical experience in distance learning mode is negligible compared to regular learning mode

  • The chance of networking in distance learning mode is very less

  • The credibility of the B.Ed degree obtained through distance learning mode can sometimes be questionable

  • There are several hidden costs which are seldom spoken about

In all, both regular and distance B.Ed have different pros and cons. Students are advised to choose the mode of the course depending on their career aspirations, financial conditions and comfort. Despite the mode of B.Ed which a candidate chooses, skills and subject knowledge matter in the teaching profession.

Related B.Ed Articles

Find out in details about the B.Ed admission process in ODL (distance) modeClick here to find out more about IGNOU B.Ed Entrance Exam 2020
Click here to find out the list of popular B.Ed entrance exams conducted in IndiaCheck out about B.Ed admissions in Tamil Nadu
All about Kerala B.Ed admission processDetailed Madhya Pradesh Admission Process here

FAQs on Regular B.Ed and Distance B.Ed

1. Is the theoretical aspect of B.Ed degree study important or the practical aspect?

Ans: The practical aspect of the B.Ed degree study is the most important thing as theoretical knowledge can be gained via distance learning also.

2. If I am pursuing B.Ed degree study from distance mode, what steps should I take to become a successful teacher?

Ans: Well, it is recommended that to become successful teachers, the candidates should opt for a regular B.Ed degree programme, However, there are certain things that you can do while pursuing your B.Ed degree from correspondence mode like joining online courses and professional development workshops to enhance your learning.

3. What does “In-service Elementary Teacher” mean?

Ans: “In-service Elementary Teacher” category comprises of those individuals who are currently teaching in elementary schools or at the elementary stage of education.

4. I have completed my B.Tech study. Can I apply for the B.Ed programme?

Ans: Yes, a B.Tech graduate can also apply for the B.Ed programme as per the latest decision taken by the National Teacher’s Educational Council (NTEC).

5. On being offered with a choice between pursuing B.Ed degree study from regular mode and distance mode, which one should be preferred by the candidates?

Ans: The candidates must always look to pursue their B.Ed degree studies in regular mode from a recognised University/institution to be placed in a much better position as per the CollegeDekho B.Ed experts.

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