A University committed to Exemplary Christian Education for Life (EXCEL) and responsive to the needs of the total person and the world.


The mission of Central Philippine University is to carry out a program of spiritual, intellectual, moral, scientific, technological, and cultural training, and allied studies under influences which strengthen Christian faith, build up character and promote scholarship, research and community service.


The College of Education started as a department under the College of Liberal Arts in 1938 with Dr. Alfredo Q. Gonzales as the dean. Through the joint efforts of Dr. Pedro Rio, Dr. Alfredo Q. Gonzales, the junior college was developed into a senior college which was a four- year course leading to the BSE degree. Upon their recommendation to the Board of Trustees, the college curriculum was expanded to include AB, BSE and BS degrees. In 1937, the College of Education became a separate unit and was recognized in May 1, 1940. The major subjects offered were Biology, Chemistry, Social Science, General Science, Mathematics and Religious Education. However, in 1941, Dr. Pedro Y. Rio resigned and Dr. Francis Rose took his place. It was in the same year when enrolment rose to about three times to its original and had its largest enrolment among all other colleges in the institution after the war in 1945 and until 1953. Three other majors were added namely: PE, Music and Filipino.

When Filipinization of the administration was mandated by Department Order No.1 in March 20, 1946, Dr. Alfredo cathedral was appointed Dean of the College of Education and in 1947 he left to pursue his Doctor of Education. It was also the year when the two- year Junior Normal course was opened under the College of Education. Prof. Nicolas Baban took over as Officer- in- Charge until 1949. In 1950, Dr. Alfredo Catedral was appointed dean, the position he held until 1961. Mr. Salvador Oñate and Mrs. Patricia Revicencio were the unit heads of Health and PE and Home Economics Departments respectively. Enrolment reached its peak in the second semester of 1953. The BSEED program had its first graduates in 1954. Enrolment declined but picked up again in 1961 and reached a thousand I 1963 until 1967. Since Dr. Alfredo Catedral had to leave to serve as ACSC secretary, Mr. Urbano Nequin temporarily served as OIC until Mrs. Josefina Ruiz was appointed as acting dean in 1962- 1963. Before her two- year term, Mrs. Josefina Ruiz served as head of PE and Health Department during which time she instituted PE majors and minor in BSE. After her retirement, Miss Petronilla Suarez took over serving until 1984.

In 1963, Dr. Alfredo Catedral served again as dean of the College of Education prior to the appointment of Dr. Elma S. Herradura as dean in 1964- 1965. It was at this time when ETC (Elementary Teacher Certificate) was phased out and the BSEED students were required a semester of internship.

Despite the decrease of enrolment in 1968 to 1970, the College of Education continued since our country always needs teachers. Dr. Elam S. Herradura was no longer the dean, for she made a leave of absence in 1966. It was Mrs. Josefina Ruiz who served as OIC prior to the appointment of Mrs. Julia D. Gonzales as dean in 1967-1971. However, Mrs. Julia D. Gonzales left to finish her Doctor of Education degree in 1971- 1973 and so Mrs. Leda G. Alba filled her position until Mrs. Julia D. Gonzales returned in 1973 to serve as dean until 1976. In summer 1976, Prof. Corazon Q. Rabulan was appointed OIC of the College of Education. It was also I 1976 that the BSFN (Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition) was transferred from the College of Arts and Sciences to the College of Education, a program which was replaced in Academic year 1983- 1984 by BSND ( Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietics).

At the opening of the AY 1976- 1977, Mrs. Josefina M. Arandela, an alumna of the college and was appointed dean, the position she held until 1983. In the same year the former faculty CPU Elementary School BSEED program was phased out in favor of BEED. In summer 1983 and Mrs. Perfecta D. Tamayo served as OIC. Three years later BSE was replaced by BSED, a newly implemented curriculum in 1986- 1987. After summer 1983 and Mrs. Tamayo’s retirement, Mrs. Lorna D. Gellada was appointed OIC. The following year Mrs. Josefina M. Arandela assumed again the deanship until her retirement I 1987. Atty. Lorna D. Gellada served as acting dean. It was during Atty. Gellada’s term that the College of Education celebrated its golden jubilee in 1988 and committed itself to EXCEL (Exemplary Christian Education for Life) and nation building. A year later, enrolment soared to over a thousand which even exceeded that of 1965- 1966 enrolment.

Atty. Gellada was succeeded in 1997 by Dr. Nelson A. Pomado, an alumnus of the College of Education class 1970 whose term of appointment ended in May 2001. During Dr. Pomado’s term, two courses were offered: BSHRM (Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management) and BST (Bachelor of Tourism). These were a joint project of Dr. Perla A. Suyo and Dr. Nelson A. Pomado borne out of the Department of HE and Nutrition. Because of these new courses, the Department was named Department of Home Economics Nutrition, HRM and Tourism; and also enrolment significantly increased during that period.

When Dr. Pomado was assigned as Principal of CPU high School in 2001, Dr. Perla A. Suyo was appointed dean, the position she held until 2005. During the academic year 2002- 2003, the College of Education offered another course, its sixth which is DipT (Diploma in Teaching) for Baccalaureate degree holders who wish to pursue a teaching career. In 2004-2005, SPED (Special Education) was offered as new area of specialization for BEED. It was in the same year when BSHRM and BST were merged into a new name the institute of Tourism and Hotel Restaurant Management (ITHRM), aseparate unit from the College of Education.

In 2005, after Dr. Suyo’s term as dean, a new OIC Dean was appointed in the person of Dr. Celia P. Sumagaysay. During her term, two (2) new courses have been offered namely: the Bachelor of Science in Health Fitness and Lifestyle Management (BSHFLM) which was the brain child of Dr. Noel Nequin, an alumnus of CPU, the Bachelor of library and information Science (BLIS) through the initiated efforts’ of Mrs. Victory Gabawa-Dionio, Director of Henry Luce Library and Mrs. Leonor Fernandez also a CP librarian. These two courses have been one reason why the College of Education was the first to have increased its enrolment during the first semester of AY 2006-2007. However, BSHFLM was later transferred to the College of Medicine. In 2008, Dr. Joel A. Ciriaco was appointed Acting Dean. During his term, he initiated the offering of Bachelor of Special Education (BSped), Bachelor of Science Physical Education-Transcultural (BSPET) and Diploma in Teaching Special Education (Dip-SpEd). On May 31, 2010, Dr. Ciriaco left for a new appointment as Associate Dean in the Graduate School.

On June 1, 2010 after having served as Principal of the CPU High School for nine Years, Dr. Pomado returned to serve as Dean of the College of Education and at the same time Director for Accreditation. He continued to serve as member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Christian Schools. Colleges and Universities Accrediting Agencies, Inc. (ACSCU-AAI), the position he occupies from 1997 to date.

The College of Education has attained five-year accredited status through ACSCU-AAI in 1981, the first among the many colleges and universities in the region. It was awarded Deregulated Status Level III by DECS upon certification of the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) in accordance with MECS Order No. 36,s. 1984 on January 6, 1987. The Level III status was enjoyed by the College until November 2012. In February 2013 under the deanship of Dr. Nelson A. Pomado, the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) confirmed the certification of the BSED and BEED programs of the College to Level IV effective December 2012 to April 2017 as recommended by the ACSCU-AAI Board of Directors after the resurvey in February 2012.

In June 2015, when Dr. Pomado retired, Dr. Merle Lorca- Junsay took over. The CPU College of Education continues to develop competent and committed teacher education students who will serve as ambassadors of Exemplary Education for Life (EXCEL) and prepare them for lifelong service to God and fellowmen. Soon enough, it is recognized as a Center of Development in Teacher Education effective April 1, 2016 until December 31, 2018.