Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed)

D.El.Ed is a 2 year full time diploma course to train teachers for primary/upper primary level of school.The 2 year curriculum is divided into 4 semesters and has been designed to enhance the educational qualities techniques and new teaching methods. The design of the course is such that it includes practical training and internships along with classroom training. 

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

The D.El.Ed course plays a significant role in laying the foundation for further learning through a series of supervised experiences, leading to high demand for career opportunities.


The D.El.Ed course prepares teachers with a broad knowledge of the subject areas and the latter includes principles for child development, education practice, the study of school pedagogy and the role of the teacher in the grooming of students. The prospects of a graduate in a D.El.Ed course is immense and exciting, not solely restricted to primary school teaching.

The Course Fee for Diploma in Elementary Education [D.El.Ed] may vary based on the Universities/Institution. The average fee for D.El.Ed Course will be from INR 10000 to 2 Laks per annum.

The distance learning program for the Diploma in Elementary Education [D.El.Ed] in India is provided by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

Required Skills

A D.El.Ed student should possess skills and aptitudes like:

  • Communication Skill
  • Confidence
  • Empathy
  • Enthusiasm
  • Innovation
  • Interdisciplinary Approach
  • Patience

Eligibility Criteria

To enter the D.El.Ed program, one should attain the criterias like:

  • Candidates should have cleared 10+2 from a recognized board of education with 50% or higher marks 
  • The Higher Secondary Examination marks will only be considered even if the applicant is a graduate.
  • 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

Entrance Examination

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

Few entrance exams which are conducted by particular states are given below:

  • Bihar D.El.Ed JET
  • E.D Common Entrance Test Maharashtra [MSCE]
  • Haryana Board School of Education D.E.D Exam
  • Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education D.E.D Exam
  • SCERT Assam D.El.Ed PET

Job Profiles

After the successful completion of the Diploma in Elementary Education course, candidates may work as elementary level teachers at educational institutes. They may find employment at elementary level education institutions like:

  • Coaching/Private tuition classes
  • Content Reviewer
  • Content Writer
  • Counsellor
  • Day care centres
  • Education Developer
  • Government schools
  • Nursery
  • Private schools
  • Record Keeper

Top Recruiters

Major recruiters of D.El.Ed holders are:

  • Government and Private Primary Institutions.
  • Educational Institutions like Primary, Upper primary, Kindergarten etc.


Top D.El.Ed colleges in major Indian cities are:

  Name of the university/institution  City
  Green Valley College of Education   Bhopal
  Maulana Azad National University   Hyderabad
  Adamas University   Kolkata
  Integral University   Lucknow
  Jamia Millia Islamia   New Delhi
  Amity University   Noida

Institutions in Kerala:

  Name of the university/institution  City
  Govt. Teacher Training Institute   Alappuzha
  M.E.S Training College   Ernakulam
  Unity Teacher Training Institute   Kannur
  Mankada Orphanage Teacher Training Institute   Malappuram
  Indhu Memorial Teacher training Center   Palakkad
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