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Graduate Diploma in Teaching the Arts (GDTA)

DepEd Memorandum No. 14, s. 2016

Graduate Diploma in Teaching the Arts (GDTA)
(Post-Baccalaureate In-Service Teacher Enhancement Program)


Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Public Elementary and Secondary Schools Heads

1. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through the Philippine Cultural Education Task Force (PCETF) will conduct the Levels I and II of the Graduate Diploma in Teaching the Arts (GDTA), a post-baccalaureate in-service teacher enhancement program by cluster in the following higher education institutions (HEIs) and their identified project coordinators and their DepEd counterparts:



2. The Scholarship Program aims to:

a. expand the participants’ knowledge base in Philippine history, culture, heritage and the arts;
b. provide them with hands-on opportunities for critical dialogue with the local culture and arts;
c. help them develop knowledge structures, framework and information systems that integrate history, culture, heritage and the arts into the formal curriculum of basic education; and
d. build their capability to contribute to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the local history, culture, heritage and the arts in the context of contemporary Philippine realities.

3. The ladder-type curriculum is designed for SPA teachers in public high schools. The following are the minimum requirements:

Age23-50 years old*
Academic QualificationsBachelor degree with general weighted average of 85% or equivalent
Teaching ExperienceAt least three years teaching experience in any or a combination of academic subjects in a public elementary or high school
Qualifying ExaminationsLicensure Examination for Teachers (LET), HEI Graduate Admission Test (if any)
EndorsementBy any one of the following: principal, schools district supervisor, schools division education supervisor or schools division superintendent
Principal’s CertificationService incumbency of three years, Good moral character, with a permanent appointment at the time of application

*Priority is given to 23 to 40 year-old participants; 41 to 50 years old participants may be shortlisted subject to availability of slots.

4. Students shall undergo the ladder-type curriculum, Graduate Diploma in Teaching the Arts (Levels I and II). A summer class is equivalent to 12-unit or 4-major subjects post-baccalaureate program which offers foundation and major courses to enhance the students’ understanding of the basic theories, processes and applications of arts, culture, heritage in the culture-based teaching of the basic education curriculum.

5. The program shall cover only the tuition and miscellaneous costs of the prescribed 12-unit program (for single one-level program grant). Any deviation or addition to the curriculum must have the prior approval of PCEP, subject to the condition that costs incurred related to the deviation or addition to the curriculum will not be charged to the financial grant given by the NCCA-PCEP.

6. The deadline for submission of nominations and/or applications is on January 30, 2016 and successful participants shall be notified on or before March 1, 2016. The implementing HEIs shall act on nominations and applications on a first-received, first-to-be-processed basis and may issue admission notice even before the deadline for application if they find that the nominee or applicant is deserving of the scholarship grant. Class sessions will start on a date to be fixed by the higher education institution.

7. Level I scholars are expected to continue to Level II. The following are continuing Level II scholars:

Level II Scholars West Visayas State University

8. The following documents are enclosed for reference:

Enclosure No. 1 – Program Guidelines;
Enclosure No. 2 – Official Nomination and Endorsement Form; and Enclosure No. 3 – Individual Application Form.

9. Inquiries may be addressed to the higher education institution (HEI) nearest to the applicant at the contact details provided in Item 1 of this Memorandum. For further information, interested participants may also contact:

Mr. Joseph J. Cristobal
Director, Philippine Cultural Education Task Force
National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
Telefax No.: (02) 527-2192 local 309
Email Address: pcep.psecretariat@gmail.com

10. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.



Download: DM_s2016_014

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