THE College of Education was recently designated by the Department of Education (DepEd) as a Center of Training (COT) in the areas of Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH).
THE College of Education was recently designated by the Department of Education (DepEd) as a Center of Training (COT) in the areas of Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH). As such, it now offers a Certificate Program for Non-Specialist Teachers in Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH), a program designed to equip teachers with the necessary skills and competencies in teaching the subject. Integrated skills in the course program are actual performances, hands on experiences and actual demonstrations of all components of MAPEH in the perspective of a well-balanced curriculum of secondary schools.
A program orientation to formally introduce the program to the teacher enrollees was held last April 14 at the Albertus Magnus Auditorium attended by Dr. Clotilde N Arcangel, Dean of the College of Education, and Dr. Raul Sunico, Dean of the Conservatory of Music.
The summer term ran from April 14 to May 16, 2008. A total of 73 public high school teachers from 11 divisions in the CALABARZON Area, Region IV-A enrolled, all of whom were identified beforehand by DepEd. Courses were taught by faculty members from the UST Conservatory of Music, the College of Fine Arts and Design and the Institute of Physical Education and Athletics: Asst. Prof. Cynthia de Torres (Health Education), Asst. Prof. Jerome Porto (Physical Fitness and Drug Education, Mental Health and Environmental Education), Asst. Prof. Raymond Anselmo (Rhythm and Dance), Asst. Prof. Dolores Andres (Fundamentals of Music), Ms. Teresa Montes (Applied Music Piano and Guitar; Philippine and Asian Music) together with two extension teachers, Asst. Prof. Fernando Torres (Philippine and Asian Visual Arts) and Mr. Anthony Zamora (Introduction to Visual Arts). The courses comprised 12.5 units (225 hours) out of the 24 units required to complete the program. Asst. Prof. Fylene Uy was assigned by the Dean Office to act as the coordinator for the CPT-MAPEH.
The culminating activity was held last May 17 at the 4th floor of the Albertus Magnus Building. Aptly called One Region, One Motion, One Direction, the participants showcased their talents in the art of dancing interpretative, folk, ballroom and modern dances, applying what they have learned in their Rhythm and Dance course. Complete with costumes, their movements were well-rehearsed and the steps were gracefully executed. Prior to each performance, the audience was given a brief history and description of the dance. Aside from dancing, others showed their musicality through singing. Dean Arcangel, Assoc. Prof. Marishirl Tropicales, Principal of the Education High School, and Dr. Fruit Gudoy, DepEd Division Supervisor for MAPEH, graced the event.
The teacher trainees will continue to take the remaining 11.5 units of MAPEH courses in the summer of 2009. Moreover, it is also likely that the College will offer similar certificate programs for non-majors in Math and Science by next year. This is an eventuality given the capability of the University in terms of faculty expertise and facilities available.