B.Ed Course in IGNOU Distance Education, Admission, Eligibility, Fee Structure Details 2024

All that you need to know about the B. Ed program offered by IGNOU

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IGNOU stands for Indira Gandhi National Open University. Located in New Delhi, IGNOU is a central university that offers distance education programs -may it be undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma or certificate courses. This turns out to be extremely helpful for the students who, for some or the other reason, are unable to attend campus-based education. This university was founded in 1985, by an Act of Parliament that had certain goals in terms of educational vision, i.e., to encourage distance education system all across the nation; to impart knowledge through various means and methods, especially by using the communication technology and offer higher education to as many people as possible. For years, the University has been working tirelessly and seamlessly to achieve its objectives and accomplish its goals. Irrespective of several social and cultural boundaries, IGNOU strives to practice inclusivity on a large scale. The university has received an A++ rating from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for accreditation in 2021. IGNOU has a broad spectrum that spans over 21 schools of studies through which it imparts academic excellence.

IGNOU offers a total of 306 programmes of study at various levels, namely – academic, professional, awareness, vocational as well as skill-oriented in nature. All these programmes aim to help people especially the ones who are marginalised and help them meet their academic and employment demands. In this article, we are going to provide you with valuable insights regarding the School Of Education of IGNOU that offers B. Ed. Starting from the duration, fee structure, age criteria, eligibility, and objectives- this article has got you covered.

About the Programme

The Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.) programme offered by Indira Gandhi National Open University has been crafted with precision and care to successfully meet the objectives set for the programme. The B. Ed. program offered by IGNOU aims to facilitate a complete understanding of the learning process of the art of teaching. For the ones aspiring to be the future educators of our nation, IGNOU provides them with a clear concept of the process of educating people at secondary and senior-secondary levels. Not only does the program aim to facilitate holistic learning, growth and development among the students but also encourages them to engage in critical thinking and problem management, from the perspective of education. The theory and practical skills provided to the students under this programme help the future educators to actively engage and participate in discussions and debates, thus enhancing their creativity and personality. Students get the facility to learn at their own pace and convenience. This is extremely helpful for the ones who are working professionals or have other commitments.  The quality education provided by IGNOU, a well-respected open university and the incredibly experienced faculty members make the learning experience absolutely enriching and fruitful. Besides, the B. Ed. program offered by IGNOU is definitely more economical than on-campus courses and programs, thus making it accessible to a wide range of students all across the nation. On completing the course, the students are well-furnished with practical knowledge and skills, ready to face the challenges of this competitive and professional world. 

Objectives of the Programme

Primarily, the Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.) programme offered by IGNOU focuses on providing education facilities while exercising inclusivity while appreciating the role of context and socio-political realities prevalent among the students. It also focuses on facilitating a better understanding of the realm of education, with respect to contemporary Indian Society. The program also aims to develop a clear understanding of the paradigm shift when it comes to conceptualising disciplinary knowledge in school curriculum. On the other hand, creating sensitivity about the diversity of language in the classroom is also a significant objective of the B. Ed program. This, in turn, has a significant contribution in influencing the future educators in a positive way. Students are taught to identify, challenge and overcome gender inequalities through the curriculum of the program. IGNOU works for the enhancement and development of learning experiences between students and teachers. It also encourages the students and the teachers to select and implement the learning strategies necessary for the betterment of the ones involved in the course, as a whole. Experiences are systematized to strengthen the professional competencies of the students. This course provides first-hand experience of all the school activities through helping the student-teachers to get engaged in secondary or senior-secondary schools as interns. This is how students are prepared in every possible way so that they can be led to the doors of success and turn their dreams into reality with flying colours.


IGNOU ‘s School Of Education makes it mandatory to plan, launch and develop academic programmes in the realm of Education which is a field of knowledge and an area that definitely requires professional practice. The curriculum prepares future educators to be specialised in educational discourses and knowledge generation. Academic programmes are carefully crafted for the holistic development and professional growth of student-teachers at different levels of education. Education materials are documented in the form of print and non-print media and this encourages the promotion of technology-enabled learning.

Process of Admission

Students will have to appear for an entrance test that is conducted by IGNOU all over India. Based on the score obtained in this entrance test, students will get to be a part of the admission procedure involved. An application form would be made available which the candidate has to fill in. Then, the candidate will be required to submit the filled-in application form. The Entrance cum Admission Form would mention the documents that would be needed for the admission form to be accepted. Candidates will be required to submit self-attested copies of the required documents as specified in the form. The original documents are to be submitted as well, but later for the sake of verification. However, this will be needed after the candidate receives an offer letter for admission.

IGNOU Entrance Test

Interested students are required to keep an eye out for the dates that will be published for the entrance test. Hall tickets for the entrance test will be uploaded on the official website of IGNOU ( www.ignou.ac.in ) for appearing in the entrance test. Admission will be based on the rank of the students in the merit list for the entrance test. Not only this, on publication of their names on the merit list, the students would be required to submit proof of their eligibility within the last date to submission of applications for admission. This should also be accompanied by original certificates and programme fees. As far as the entrance test is concerned, the university holds the right to conduct the examination at different centres. IGNOU also has the right to change the examination centre of the candidates without assigning any reason. A point that is to be noted is- the number of seats of each PSC is limited to 50 only.


The minimum duration of this program is 2 years and the maximum duration is 5 years.


There are two mediums or languages available to be accepted as the mode of instruction in IGNOU – English and Hindi only.


Candidates should have at least fifty per cent marks either in the Bachelor’s degree and/or Master’s degree in – Sciences/Social Sciences/Commerce/Humanity and for Bachelor’s in Engineering or Technology with specialization in Science and Mathematics, students with 55% marks or any other qualification equivalent thereto, are eligible for the admission provided they have met the other criteria. Besides, in-service teachers who are trained in elementary education are also granted to be eligible for admission. Apart from the above-mentioned factors, candidates who have completed an NCTE recognised teacher education programme through face-to-face mode are also eligible. SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD candidates will be provided with a reservation and relaxation of 5% marks in minimum eligibility, as per the rules of the Government of India. As per the rules of the University, reservation would be available v for Kashmiri migrants and war widow candidates.


The total fee required for this program is 55,000 INR. Candidates who are seeking admission to the B. Ed programme are advised to not pay the fee along with the application form that is filled up. They will be separately communicated about the status of their admission as well as payment of fees. The programme fee should be paid through a Demand Draft drawn in favour of IGNOU. This is payable at the city where your regional centre is situated. In case of such formalities, please write your name and the programme to which you want to get admitted to, ( in this case- B. Ed) in capital letters on the back of the Demand Draft in order to ensure proper credit of your fee to the relevant account.


The programme is structured in a way such that there is a judicious mix of theory and practical courses. This helps the student-teachers to acquire necessary skills and competencies that would prepare them for practical teaching experiences and enhance them with the amount of learning needed to teach at secondary or senior secondary levels.

The tables below demonstrate the credit points, concerning each academic year.

First Year

Core courses16 credits
Content-based methodology08 credits
Workshop – I04 credits
EPC I and II04 credits
Internship – I (4 weeks)04 credits

Second year

Core courses12 credits
Optional course (one)04 credits
Workshop – II04 credits
EPC III and IV04 credits
Internship – II (16 weeks)12 credits

To complete the program successfully, one needs to complete 72 credit points.

What makes internship a significant and non-separable part of this B. Ed. programme is that it provides broader and meaningful engagement for the students.

It is to be noted that the learner will have to attend the internship schools as per the timing of the schools ( from the time of opening to it being closed) daily. No leaves shall be entertained during this internship and one has to complete this component of the curriculum in upper primary, secondary or senior secondary schools.


1. Ph.D. in Education (PHDES)

2. Master of Arts in Education (MAEDU)

3. Master of Arts in Adult Education (MAAE)

4. Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)

5. Post-Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDHE)

6. Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Technology (PGDET)

7. Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Management and Administration (PGDEMA)

8. Post-Graduate Diploma in Pre-Primary Education (PGDPPED)

9. Post-Graduate Diploma in School Leadership and Management (PGDSLM)

10. Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Education (PGDAE)

11. Post Graduate Certificate in Information and Assistive Technologies for the Instructors of Visually Impaired (PGCIATIVI)

12. Post Graduate Certificate in Adult Education (PGCAE)

13. Certificate in Guidance (CIG)

14. Certificate Programme for Professional Development of Primary Teachers (CPPDPT)


The School Of Education of IGNOU uses a variety of advanced methodologies and techniques that are quite diverse in nature when it comes to imparting education. It follows multiple approaches to education by utilising various instructional components such as assignments, self-learning print materials, projects, workshops, activities, video conferences and various other programmes.



Prof. D. Venkateshwarlu (Director)dvenkatesh@ignou.ac.in
Prof. Vibha Joshivjoshi@ignou.ac.in
Prof. N.K. Dashnkdash@ignou.ac.in
Prof. C.B. Sharmacbsharma@ignou.ac.in
Prof. Amitav Mishraamitav@ignou.ac.in
Prof. Bharti Dograbhartidogra@ignou.ac.in
Prof. Vandana Singhvandana@ignou.ac.in
Prof. Yalavarthi Nirmalanyalavarthi@ignou.ac.in
Prof. Sutapa Bosesbose@ignou.ac.in
Mrs. Poonam Bhushan, Associate Professorpoonambhushan14@gmail.com
Dr. Eisha Kannadi, Associate Professorekannadi@ignou.ac.in
Dr. M.V. Lakshmi Reddy, Associate Professormvireddy@ignou.ac.in
Dr. Niradhar Dey, Assistant Professorniradhar@ignou.ac.in
Dr. Gaurav Singh, Assistant Professorgaurinedu@ignou.ac.in
Dr. Elizabeth Kuruvilla, Assistant Professorelizakuruvilla@ignou.ac.in
Dr. AnjuliSuhane, Assistant Professoranjulisuhane@ignou.ac.in
Sh. Ajith Kumar C., Assistant Professorajithchalil@ignou.ac.in


School of Education,

G-Block(Room No.-144 & 145),

Indira Gandhi National Open University,

Maidan Garhi,

New Delhi – 110068


Tel:  +91-011-29572945, 29573057, +91-011-29534227

Email: soe@ignou.ac.in

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