St. Mary’s College of Teacher Education, initially St. Mary’s B.T. College, was established in 1937 to meet the need for a Women’s Teacher Training College in the North East. It was successively affiliated to the Calcutta University in April 1937, Guwahati University 1948 and the North-Eastern Hill University in 1973.

St. Mary’s B.T. College has had the distinction of being a pioneer institution of teacher training for women, besides being a premier educational institution of the region.

In 1976 the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) re-named the Bachelor of Training (B.T.) as the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) and the College came to be known as St. Mary’s B.Ed. College. Thereafter, with the nation-wide upgradation of Teacher Training Colleges, in 2000 the name was changed to St. Mary’s College of Teacher Education (SMCTE).

The vision of St. Mary’s College of Teacher Education is to produce teachers of excellence who will raise the overall standard of school education. The motto of the College is ‘Virtue and Knowledge’.

The primary aim of SMCTE is to impart value-based quality teacher education so as to enable the future teachers to use their knowledge and skills for the development of society.

The College places high priority on the training of teachers from rural areas. The College admits a small number of male students serving in remote areas for the uplift of the backward sections in the country.

The College places special emphasis on the continual professional growth of teacher educators for which opportunities are regularly provided.

Co-curricular activities and enrichment programmes form an integral part of teacher education of SMCTE providing an all-round professional formation of future teachers.

The achievements of the students have been outstanding. Every year students secure positions among the first ten. On many occasions the students achieve hundred percent pass and top the list of successful candidates in the final B.Ed. examinations.

St. Mary’s College of Teacher Education has produced numerous trained and committed teachers who serve in various educational institutions at all levels. Others have also made their mark in other walks of life.

SMTCE has the added advantage of St. Mary's Higher Secondary School as its sister Institution where teacher trainees carry out practice teaching. Other schools in Shillong and its vicinity are also available for the training of our students.

In 2006 the College was accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation at B++ level and an institutional score of 81%, the first teacher training college in the North East to be accredited.

St. Mary’s College of Teacher Education, still stands vibrant and strong, continuing its service of preparing teachers in the 21st century.

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