Tata Institute of Social Sciences
A Deemed to be University and Grant-in Aid Institute under Ministry of Education,GoI

The Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education, CETE (formerly, Centre for Education, Innovation and Action Research, CEIAR) is an independent Centre at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.



Established as CEIAR in 2015, the Centre has been engaging with, and promoting innovation in school curriculum, teacher education and higher education curriculum and pedagogy. The Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE) will work towards revitalising the education sector through research, academic programmes, teaching, field action, policy advocacy, partnerships and collaborations.

Seed support for CETE was provided by the Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (2019-2020) and the Tata Trusts. The Tata Trusts continue to support CETE as the national nodal Centre in their Initiative for Excellence in Teacher Education.

Our Vision:

While there is recognition that Teacher Education is one of the most important pillars of the education system and strengthening teachers is the key to sustainable long-term reform, it remains one of the least focused upon areas. There is an urgent need to strengthen this pillar since teachers impact the lives of thousands of students in their teaching careers.

The new identity of CEIAR as the Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE) reflects a renewed vision. The goal is to improve learning outcomes of children across schools in India by equipping teachers with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes.

CETE envisages its role as a "Catalyst for Transformation in Teacher Education" through multiple activities.

The Centre continues to build on its contemporary academic programmes to provide relevant skills and perspectives to new entrants, practicing teachers and professionals. It continues to strengthen deeper, meaningful and impact-oriented engagements with various stakeholders in the sector, incubating and promoting innovative use of new technologies and media to raise relevance, quality and standards of education.

Teaching Programmes:

The Centre offers a variety of academic programmes.

Long Term Programmes leading to Degrees are:

- MA in Education (2 years - on Campus) Read more...

- MA in Education and Technology (Full Time (One Year) | Part Time) Read more...

- BEd-MEd (Integrated) (3 years on campus)
This innovative programme recognised by NCTE has multiple entries and exits available as well.

  • Exit with BEd - (2 years on campus)
  • Entry for MEd (those with BEd and PG Degree) (2 years on campus)

- PhD (in Education): Includes mandatory coursework on Campus in Year 1.

CETE also offers a variety of Short Term (STP) as Continuous Education Programmes (CEP) :

Certificate Courses (20 credits each)

- Reflective Teaching with ICT

- Contemporary Education Perspectives and Research

In addition, these certificate courses are offered modularly as 2 credit courses on https://tissx.tiss.edu as well.

Courses run in collaboration:

  • Library Educator's Course (with Bookworm Goa)
  • Prarambik Bhasha Shikshan (with Language and Learning Foundation)
  • Experiential Learning for 21st Century (Project over)

CETE also conducts various Workshops, FDPs and MDPs, which include

  • Design Thinking
  • Madhya Pradesh School Leadership Training (for HMs)
  • Assessment Literacy for Faculty of Higher Education Institutions in Maharashtra (with MSFDA)

Read more about teaching our programmes...

Partnerships & Collaborations:

CETE actively fosters collaborations and invites global expertise to steer research, training and educational exchange across cultures. A partnership team led by  Uma Lal Head, Partnerships and Collaborations uma.lal@tiss.edu



The Centre has been granted the SPARC collaboration award to work with the University of Sussex, UK, the Centre for International Teacher Education, South Africa, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. The Centre was also awarded the UGC-UKIERI grant for collaboration between Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Azim Premji University, and King’s College, London, to conduct workshops and faculty exchanges programmes.

Accreditations & Awards:

The Centre’s flagship action research programme, the Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) (http://clix.tiss.edu), was awarded the UNESCO-King Hamad Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education (2017 edition) and the Open Education Awards for Excellence: Resources, Tools and Practices under the category of ‘Open Collaboration’ in 2019 from the Open Education Consortium. Integrated Approach to Technology in Education (ITE), for which the Centre is a technical partner, won the 7th Enabling North East Award (2019-20) for Quality Education and Learning. The Centre’s in-service teacher education programmes and Communities of Practice were awarded a certificate of appreciation by the UNESCO-Hamdan Award for Teacher Effectiveness (2020). 


Ongoing Activities:


Apart from its award-winning projects, the Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) and Technology Enabled Learning for Teachers and Adolescents for 21St Century (Telta 21), CETE has a number of education projects currently underway. 

Some of these include: 

International Projects: MATPD | CL4STEM

National and State Level Projects: 

STARS | WoW | TELTA-21| NORRAG - | Telangana IFP | MP NIPUN focused on FLN | MP School Leadership Training (HMs Training) | UP Direct Benefit Study | SOTTTER | CHALK 



CETE reaches the community through a variety of activities. Some of these include English language classes for AECS-5 school, engagement with M-Ward and MERIT through our students. We conduct open webinars through our Research Groups, especially in the areas of Policy and EdTech. Through our projects such as TELTA we reach out to local BMC schools and hold camps. We hold annual Winter Schools inviting 80 students of teacher education institutions across the country and abroad. We hold Design Thinking Workshops annually. Our faculty are part of several state, national and international Institutional boards and offer consultancies. We continually strive to improve and deepen our outreach. 

Read more about what we have done each year in our Annual Reports in the links given below. 

CETE, TISS Annual Report (22-23)

CETE, TISS Annual Report (21-22)


This annual report captures all the activities undertaken by the centre during this time period.


Read here - A New Beginning-Volume 1


Mandatory Disclosure:

1. Faculty List for BEd MEd Integrated - Faculty List - BEd MEd Integrated Innovative Category

2. Details of Infrastructure, resources and other facilities - Infrastructure & facilities 


Engage with Us On- 


Facebook- @cete.tiss

Twitter- @cete_tiss

Instagram- cete_tiss 

LinkedIn-  Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education


Contact Us

Office Timings- 10 am to 6pm

Telephone Number- 022-2552 5002/3

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