About the School of Teacher Education

The SLU School of Teacher Education (then known as the College of Education) was viewed by its founders as an indispensable partner in bringing to the Cordilleras strong intellectual and spiritual education. Education students were honed to further expand the transformative and missionary education that the CICM fathers have started in the country.

Similar to the structure of most colleges in the Philippines at that time, SLU initially offered two-year certificate courses in Elementary and Kindergarten teaching apart from the regular baccalaureate degree in Education. In the same year when the school produced its first five graduates (1955), the Graduate School for Master of Arts in Education was started. In time, the school’s bachelor degrees in Elementary and High School as well as its graduate programs offered specializations in various fields.

Preparing students to become skilled and dedicated teachers has always been one of the school’s guiding principles. The School’s commitment to quality education has earned for the school the recognition of being a Center of Excellence in Teacher Education. It is likewise distinguished as one of the top performing schools nationwide, in terms of results in the national licensure examinations for teachers.

With all its accomplishments, the school still believes that the nobility of the teaching profession lies not only on a display of competence but on the awareness of and responsiveness to the needs and priorities of the community. In the modern world, one of society’s self-inflicted illnesses is the segregation of some sectors due to emphasis on competitiveness. The school views the exclusion of disadvantaged groups from even the most basic rights such as education is a growing concern. In response, the school advocates Inclusive Education: a revolutionary educational philosophy which states that education aims to help everyone realize his potentials. The School therefore trains its faculty and teaches its students to embrace and value differences, to be proud of their heritage and identity, and to respect the dignity and capability of all learners.

The school presently works closely with the SLU Institute for Inclusive Education – the first of its kind in the Philippines – in training educators from diverse disciplines on the value of inclusive teaching and learning, as a condition for building an inclusive society.

Today and in the future, the school envisions itself as a formative training ground for inclusive and Christian professional teachers.