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Post-Graduate Diploma in the Teaching of English or PGDTE is a full-time and correspondence course. The duration of this course is 1 year, divided into 2 semesters.  

PGDTE course gives students not only conjectural knowledge about teaching English but also provides an experience to use this knowledge in the classroom. A person with an MA degree in English/English Literature/ Linguistics/ TESL with at least 55% marks in the course is eligible for PGDTE. Admission forms are directly available in the respective institutes.

The average fee of pursuing this course lies between INR 7,000 to INR 10,000 semester wise. Besides this, an additional expense to purchase books are made.  By pursuing this course, you can get jobs in every central and state government office. Also, English translators, officers, Asst. managers and managers are required with such qualifications.

Postgraduates can also apply for the post of manager or Asst manager. You may apply for public sector undertaking banks. The scope of teaching English language and linguistics in Indian Universities is increasing immensely and the starting salary is INR 1,25,000.

PGDTE Course highlights

Name of the coursePGDTE Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching (English)
Duration of the course1 year, 2 semesters
StreamGraduate in any stream
Average course feeRs. 7500/-
Sectors of employmentTeaching, Hospitality, and Travel, Aviation, BPO, KPO, Journalism, Copy Writer, Editor, Content Developer etc.
Average entry level salary1.5 lakhs – 2 lakhs

What is the PGDTE about ?

PGDTE is a post graduate program to become teachers in English discipline. Many teachers have found the courses in Linguistics and Literature that are incorporated into this program, helpful in becoming better teachers.

The program covers practical component as well as in the form of Practice Teaching so that one can implement it practically all that you have learnt in due course.  All those professionals who wants to improve their basics in English Language have benefited immensely from this program.


The duration of PGDTE is 1 year, which is divided into 2 semesters. In the 1st semester, students are required to complete six theory courses, as well as a practical teaching course. In the 2nd semester, they are required to complete 5 courses in total or 4 courses and a project.

Who should apply for PGDTE Program ?

  • If you are an English teacher and looking forward to gaining more knowledge in English and modern ways of teaching English, then this program of PGDTE is ideal for you.
  • Those students who want to take their career forward as a teacher in English must opt for this course.
  • It will be of immense use to English teachers in schools for the in-depth understanding of English grammar and phonetics.
  • It can also be of help to the college and university lecturers and the academic staffs of various universities.

Eligibility for PGDTE

Aspirants from any field of education can apply for PGDTE. Any appropriate education with best academic background records in all the course subjects is a prime requisite for this course.

A candidate with MA degree in English/ English Literature/ Linguistics/ TESL with at least 55% marks in graduation is mostly preferred by the universities across India.  Also, those students who have successfully completed the PGCTE [Post Graduate certificate in Teaching of English] program are eligible for admission to the program.

How to get admission in PGDTE ?

Application form for the PGDTE course for most of the university is available from August to October for the session, which usually starts in December. You can also download the application forms from the website of respective universities.

There is no such entrance exam for the admission of the course. All those who are found eligible are given admission directly.

Candidates are intimidated to send the duly filled application form along with DD (in favor of the collage) and necessary documents to the address provided by the collage.

Distance mode admission:

There are many top institutes for PGDTE through distance mode.

For distance Education:

1Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
2Annamalai University - Directorate of Distance Education
3Institute of Distance Education - University of Madras
4Mahatma Gandhi University - School of Distance Education
5Acharya Nagarjuna University Center for Distance Education

Top institutes offering PGDTE

List a few top institutes offering the program are:

Name of InstituteCity
Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila VishwavidyalayaSonepat, Haryana
English and Foreign Languages UniversityHyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
English and Foreign Languages University Lucknow CampusLucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Khatu Shyam Institute of Management and Technology – KSIMTNew Delhi
Osmania University – OUHyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Fee Structure

Nationals of non-SAARC CountriesRs.7,500/-
Postage (For India, Bhutan and Nepal)Rs.1000/-
Postage (For Bangladesh)Rs.1000/-
Postage (Other Asian Countries)Rs.5000/-
Postage (all non-Asian Countries)Rs.8000/-

Career Prospect for PGDTE

There are numerous career prospects available for the students who have completed their Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching (English). These candidates can easily get jobs in India as well as overseas in different sectors. Students can get jobs as media reporters.

It is also very likely that one can get jobs in newspaper firms. If he/she has a degree in journalism, news broadcasting firms like NDTV, CNN, and Zee News etc. are probable recruiters.

People in the field of Magazine printing frequently hire students of English literature. Content development in ITES firms also recruit post graduates from this field.

Apart from these jobs, students of this stream can also shape their career as independent literary critics and freelance writers. Also, they can start their own institute for the English language.

Top Recruiters

Recruiters / Organization NameFields
The University of Hyderabadselected in central universities, state universities, private universities, engineering colleges and publishing houses
Dr B. R. Ambedkar Open University
Kings Learning (Oxford Engineering College), Bangalore 
Epistoma Global School, HyderabadMany international, national and local schools
Oakridge International School, Hyderabad
Velammal Educational Trust, Chennai
Aptara, Thiruvananthapuramin media and communication houses
Janrise Advertising, Hyderabad
Elogictech Solutions, Secunderabad
Amazon, New Delhimulti-national companies and software companies
Concentrix, Gurgaon
Toshiba, Chennai

Position for above institutes includes Teachers of English, Linguistics Experts, Teacher Trainers, Phonetics Advisors, Content Writers, Editors, and Lecturers in English, Soft Skills Trainers and English Language Curators.


DesignationAmount (per annum)Experience
Primary Teacher50,000 - 2,00,000 INR0-5 yrs
Trainees/Freshers/Counsellor1,25,000 - 3,00,000 INR0-5 yrs
Secondary Teacher2,00,000 - 3,00,000 INR1-5 yrs
Middle School2,00,000 - 6,00,000 INR0-2 yrs
Lecturer2,75,000 - 4,75,000 INR0-5 yrs

Syllabus for PGDTE

The duration of the whole PGDTE is for two semesters. In the 1st semester, the students have to complete six theory courses, as well as a practical teaching course.

S. No.Course
1.Area of study
2.English Language teaching
4.Modern Grammar
5.Phonetics and spoken English

In the 2nd semester, the candidates are required to complete five courses/four courses and a project. The subjects are viz., Interactive Lectures, PowerPoint Presentation, Group Work, Presentations and Project Work.

The candidates also have an option of doing a project, and in that case he or she only has to do four courses.

S. No.Course
1.The uses of English
2.Principles of Language Teaching
3.Testing Language and Literature
5.Indian Writing in English I
6.Indian Writing in English II
7.General English Linguistics

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