The Department of Education (DepEd) Special Curricular Programs (SCPs) “have been designed to enable students to understand their strengths, pursue their interests, and develop their multiple intelligences (DepEd Memorandum No. 149, s. 2011).” Through SCPs, it is envisioned that DepEd will produce globally competitive learners imbued with desirable values and equipped with 21st century skills that can contribute to nation-building and national transformation while preserving Filipino culture, heritage and identity.
Specifically, these Special Curricular Programs (SCPs) aim to provide high school learners with a foundation for a career pathway that is aligned with their interests and aptitudes. In JHS, the SCPs will no longer take the place of TLE; instead, the SCP will be treated as an additional subject. The delivery of TLE shall be contextualized to the SCP being taken up by the learners. For example, if the student is taking Special Program in the Arts (SPA), the student’s TLE will focus more on making costumes and designing animations that will be useful in the SCP subject. Some SCPs, such as Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL) and Special Program in Journalism (SPJ), may be offered as an elective in the General Academic Strand (GAS). Table 2.23 lists and describes the different SCPs:
List of Special Curricular Programs (SCPs)
|Special Curricular Program (SCP)
|Special Program in the Arts (SPA)
|SPA provides learners with a chance to develop and enhance their talents in the following art fields: Visual Arts, Music, Theatre Arts, Dance Arts, Media Arts, and Creative Writing (English and Filipino). SPA aims to create young artists with aesthetic potentials who will preserve and enrich Filipino culture and heritage.
|Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL)
|SPFL provides learners with educational opportunities to learn a foreign language. SPFL aims to develop students’ skills in listening, reading, writing, speaking, and viewing in a foreign language; develop their understanding of and appreciation for other peoples’ cultures; and prepare them for meaningful interaction in a linguistically and culturally diverse workplace. Schools with SPFL offer at least one of the following languages: Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), and Korean.
|Special Program in Journalism (SPJ)
|SPJ develops learners with a talent in writing and broadcasting. The program aims to enrich the experiences, hone the journalistic skills and competencies of student writers, and strengthen free and responsible journalism. SPJ is designed to develop learners’ skills in mass communication, print, online, and broadcast media.
|Special Program in Sports (SPS)
|SPS is offered to learners who want to develop their talents in different sports disciplines. SPS provides training for athletes to be able to compete in national and international sports competitions. Schools that offer SPS should have a minimum of five individual/dual sports (Archery, Arnis, Badminton, Chess, Gymnastics, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, and Dance sports) and three team sports (Baseball, Basketball, Football, Sepak Takraw, Softball or Volleyball).
|Science, Technology, and Engineering (STE) Program
|STE, formerly known as Engineering and Science Education Program (ESEP), offers learners with an enriched science and technology-oriented curriculum that will prepare them for higher education or work in the areas of science, technology, and engineering.
|Special Program in Technical-Vocational Education (SPTVE)
|SPTVE is a special curricular program that provides the complete development of the individual as a total person equipped with technical-vocational and academic competencies, proper work ethic and desirable values that will make the learner economically stable, responsible, law-abiding, productive and competitive in the world of work. It provides opportunities for Junior High School students to acquire the necessary skills and
competencies, and qualifications to empower them for further specialization in Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) courses in Senior High School.