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Dual degree in Science and Education

Connecting the science specialisations (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics) with practice-based perspectives in teaching.

Introduction

Our undergraduate dual degree programme (BSc BEd) is a four-year residential programme in science and teacher education. It will train you to develop deep and thorough disciplinary knowledge in science, along with offering a theoretical and practical understanding of education.

Teaching is a profession like no other which needs preparation, training and support. We train you to work with different schools in India with diverse context, and ensure that you have a chance to explore your teaching skills on the field.

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You can choose any future you like!

This unique programme opens up multiple avenues for further study and work. You will be equipped to become both an excellent scientist and an outstanding science educator. We make sure that you study both science and education in great depth and with keen rigour.

With your BSc, you can

  • Carry on higher study in science.
  • Pursue science research.

With your BEd, you can

  • Teach science in schools.
  • Shape curricula for science education.
  • Pursue higher studies in Education.

Find fees, financial aid, and scholarship details, here.

For the application process and timelines, please find the details, here.

Understand more about our selection process, here.

Find more details about the eligibility criteria for Undergraduate programmes, here.

iThink Biology is a new online textbook for undergraduate biology students. The website is free, prioritises the development of essential skills of the student over memorising content, and is based completely on Indian examples. We invite you to use this book to study and teach biology through an interdisciplinary lens, with an emphasis on the importance of biology for society and the environment.

Chalk Out is a multilingual e‑zine that was born out of an education course’s classroom conversations in September 2020 during the pandemic. Led by the students of BSc BEd programme, the e‑zine attempts to create a space where contributors can share their ideas and experiences around the themes in education and hold conversations with the larger community of education. 

We welcome you to browse through the issues shared here and become a part of this journey of reflection and exploration. Hope the perspectives shared here add richness to your ideas of education, teaching, learning, and much more.

  • Our community of faculty and mentors cares for each student and their needs.
  • We help each of our students understand their hopes and capacity to nurture their dreams.
  • We encourage our students to think about the world we live in, along with India’s complex past and present.

Living on campus

We believe that learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. In living together, you can meet and encounter diverse people from different social and cultural backgrounds and experiences. Our campus has a range of activities from discussion groups to sports and clubs for our students and faculty to interact with each other and build meaningful relationships over their years of study.

Know more about the Bengaluru campus, here.

Know more about Azim Premji University at Bhopal, here.

Course structure

A rich science programme.

  • You can choose between a Major in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.
  • We help you build a deep understanding of the natural world. We look at how human attempts to understand the natural world have shaped the way in which we live.
  • We believe in experiential learning. You will spend a lot of time with experiments and out in the field.

A rigorous education programme.

  • We offer perspective courses in the field of education dealing with theories and practice.
  • We help you build teaching skills along with nurturing empathy and focus.
  • We help you apply your classroom learnings to your teaching practice during your internships. As part of the teaching internships, you will engage with schools in and around Bengaluru. The internships will involve making a connection with the respective school, the community of teachers and students, along with the very practice of teaching.

The Common Curriculum will introduce students to the study of the themes and areas that emphasise and build critical and analytical abilities, and sensibilities for dialogue, reflection and cooperative learning. The Common Curriculum has three sub-components organised as below:

Foundations: Build capacity for critical thinking, reasoning and communication.

Understanding India: India’s history, society and possible futures

Creative Expressions: Explore music, visual art, theatre, dance, martial arts, yoga, pottery, sport, and other creative areas.

Our science programme helps you build a deep understanding of the natural world and how human endeavours to understand it have shaped the way in which we live. 

Building on the foundational capacities developed during the common curriculum and the introductory courses in the disciplines, this section is divided into three parts.

Perspectives in Education

This component draws on the disciplines of Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, History and Linguistics through making analytical connections with various educational processes.

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 

This develops the ability to design curricula, create appropriate curricular materials, adopt effective instructional strategies and develop relevant assessments.

Professional Practice

This is the backbone of your learning, through which you will gain a variety of practical experiences related to teaching and learning in diverse school contexts. In a gradual and supported way, you will grow into the role of a thoughtful and responsive teacher, which would culminate in a semester-long teaching internship at an Azim Premji Foundation School.

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