What is Ladderized Education?

Ladderized Education is a new system of education in the Philippines that allows learners to progress between Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and College, and vice-versa. Ladderized Education opens opportunities for career and educational advancement to students and workers. What is Executive Order 358? Executive Order 358, promulgated by the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on September 15, 2004, provides the mandate and legal framework for wider-scale and accelerated implementation of Ladderized Education nationwide. Why Ladderized Education? Traditionally, a College Degree Program is viewed as independent of Tech-Voc courses. Hence, when a TechVoc graduates decides to continue on to College, previous Tech-Voc courses that he has completed do not learn him credit units for an on-coming College Degree Program (CDP) of his choice. Thus, the Tech-Voc graduate often squanders time and resources to repeat portions of his learning that should have already earned him appropriate credit unit(s) for an on-coming College Degree Program. Ladderized Education is the answer then to this wasteful duplication. Ladderation provides the Tech-Voc graduate with Gateways or entry points to a College Degree Program where he can earn appropriate, equivalent credits for previous learning acquired in Tech-Voc. It also allows learner to obtain a Tech-Voc National Certificate that will enable him to arrive at successively ascending Job Platforms. The money he earns from his job(s) will help to finance and complete his College Education Under the system, what are the different ways by which a student can transfer or move between tech-Voc and College Education? For School Year 2006-2007 the following modalities shall initially be used: 1. Credit Transfer from Tech-Voc to College and Articulation This refers to the recognition and carrying forward of overlapping learning from Tech-Voc to College. A Credit Transfer System allows the Tech-Voc graduate to earn credit units for his Tech-Voc courses. Thus, the Tech-Voc graduate readily articulates to a College Degree Program with ease. 2. Embedded Tech-Voc Qualification in Ladderized Degree Programs (Credit Units given from College to Tech-Voc) This refers to Tech-Voc contents that are already included in a College Degree Program. Such contents are mapped out and identified, and the curriculum is restructured to allow a student of a Ladderized College Degree Program to earn Tech-Voc credits and qualifications without having to repeat the same Tech-Voc subjects for which he has already acquired knowleged and competence. In this way, a student of Ladderized College Degree Program can earn full Tech-Voc qualifications, and obtain National Certificate(s) for such qualification(s), when he exist from a College Degree Program to proceed to a Tech-Voc career. Therefore, at the time a student completes the Ladderized College Degree Program (LCDP), he earns double qualifications - one is his College Diploma, and the other is his National Certificate(s). I know Ladderized Programs being implemented in the past, even before E.O. 358. What is the status of these programs? Can they continue? Yes those Ladderized Programs were in exixtence and use even before E.O. 358. Those Programs can

In the Ladderized College Degree Program. I operate or manage a College or University that provides College Degree Programs. however. they all enjoy academic freedom. If you are a Tech-Voc graduate or worker who does not hold a National Certificate (NC) yet. 358. you will be granted credit recognition that corresponds to your acquired NC level.in the case of Private Colleges and Universities. Thus. atleast until the end of School Year 2006-2007. In both cases. you can apply for admission in a College or University authorized to offer the Ladderized College Degree Program of your choice. which has been set as a transition period by TESDA and CHEd. How do I qualify? As agreed by TESDA and CHEd. Therefore. History. 358 is only voluntary on the part of each College or University. 2. Although all educational institutions fall under CHEd's ministerial coverage. I just graduated from High School and I am interested in enrolling in a Ladderized Program this coming school year. Humanities and other major subjects that are not normally part of a Tech-Voc course. For SY 2006-2007. If the College Degree Program is included in the list of Ladderized Programs. including other information on ladderization. you may apply for admission in a College Program of your choice. . The list of the authorized institutions may be obtained from TESDA and CHEd Regional and Provincial Offices. namely: Agriculture. Lists of authorized institutions may be obtained from TESDA and CHEd Regionaland Provincial Offices. all such other Ladderized Programs should be aligned to conform with the framework and parameters of E. Education. and admission standards vary among them. What if I am a previous Tech-Voc graduate who intends to go back to school and enroll in a College Degree Program? Can I have my Tech-Voc course(s) credited in the Degree Program I am enrolling in? How do I apply? Yes. your Tech-Voc course(s) can be credited in the College Degree Program you wish to enroll in. go to a College or University that has been authorized to offer Ladderized College Degree Program to apply for enrollment. depend on your satisfying the requirements of the college or University.O. and obtain a national Certificate. Once you pass the assessment. Ladderization under E. and I am interested to offer Ladderized Programs. You will find lists of authorized institutions that operate Ladderized Programs. Business Tourism and Criminology should select course or program that is included in this initial list of eight (8) Ladderized disciplines. What should I do? 1. to meet the full requirements of a particular year level.continue as they are. The College or University should have existing CHEd-Recognition Programs-. By School Year 2007-2008. you may need to take such subjects as Math. Engineering. If you are a Tech-Voc graduate or worker who already has full National Certificate (NC) qualifications based on Training Regulations. Health. it will be necessary for you to check the individual Ladderization Programs of a College or University. your admission will. or Board-Approved Programs-. Maritime. 1. from TESDA and CHEd Regional as well as Provincial Offices 2. However.O. Ladderized Education will be implemented in eight (8) disciplines.in the case of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Colleges and Universities (LCUs). then you need to undergo competency assesment in the relevant area of your expertise. the following guidelines should be observed by Colleges and Universities apllying for authorization to operate Ladderized Programs: 1. Information and Communication Technology. Some Colleges and Universities will implement Ladderization more extensively and more liberally than others.

2. namely: a) Agriculture. 3. For SUCs. You may enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with a College. if I cannot afford a College Education? Scholarship opportunities in Tech-Voc and College Education are available at TESDA and CHEd. and earn an income. if you cannot afford College Education. an equivalent authorization from the Board of Regents is required. The Tech-Voc qualifications in the Ladderized College Degree Program should be registered with TESDA under the Unified TVET Program Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS). Information about these programs can be sourced from the nearest TESDA and CHEd office in your area. f) Criminology. 7. 9. the minimum eligibility is prior "recognition" of the traditional program. you can eventually pursue and complete your College Education with income from your job. CHEd shall evaluate the existing traditional program to determine if they are still in compliance with the Policies. When all requirements are satisfied. and have been unable to get any scholarship for the smaller cost of a six-month Tech-Voc course. b) Maritime. Also. University or any other College Degree-Granting Institution authorized to offer Ladderized Programs. Applications for Ladderization should be in the eight (8) identified priority disciplines. Under Ladderization.e. you may enroll first in a Tech-Voc course to learn a specific occupation or trade. 3. 358 will also be allowed to operate. Then you can follow the procedures and guidelines in the application for Permit / Authority to Operate Ladderized Programs. or b. and PSG for Degree Programs. Provided that the standards prescribed are satisfied. Adopt the model curricula approved by CHEd and TESDA for Ladderized Programs. according to standards set by TESDA and CHEd. g) Tourism / HRM. e) Education. Training Regulations (TR) and UTPRAS for TVET programs. You need to submit to TESDA all the requirements for Tech-Voc Program Registration under the Ladderized System. who will be your package partner in the delivery of Education. i. The College or University should develop and align its proposed Ladderized College Degree Programs. private companies. 8. Private Colleges and Universities and SUCs thatb will offer "new" Ladderized College Degree Programs under E. How can a Ladderized Education Program benefit me. you can now proceed to CHEd and submit your Ladderized Curriculum. and h) Engineering. d) ICT. 2. 4. Your institution may opt to: a. get a job in that Job Platform. your College or University will be granted a Certificate of Approval or Authority to Offer the Ladderized Program. c) Health. together with the CoRP. say. 5. local government units. New Ladderized College Degree Programs are defined as those which do not have prior permit / recognition from CHEd. how can TESDA help me? . Upon approval and issuance of a Certificate of Program Registration (CoPR). Develop your own Ladderized Curricula.. and will be included in the official list of accredited institutions offering Ladderized College Degree Program What if I am an educational institution that offers purely Tech-Voc Programs? Can I still be included in the Ladderized Education System? How? Yes.O. Standards and Guidelines (PSG) set for the course offering. They will have to submit their application to the CHEd Regional Office nearest the College or University. and have your previously completed Tech-Voc coures credited fro equivalent units in the College Degree Program you want to take. You should develop the proposed Ladderized Programs with your partner institution. The Ladderized College Degree Program should have full Tech-Voc qualifications should be contained in the Training Regulations issued by TESDA. For Private Colleges and Universities. 6. you can still be part of the Ladderized Education System by following this procedures: 1. In summary. Caregiving or Food and Beverage Servicing. foundations and others.

more experienced and more competent person who is far more desirable for better jobs and careers. eventually you emerge from the system a better qualified. which are open to High S chool graduates who meet the following qualifications: y y y y y y y y Must Must Must Must Must Must Must Must be a Filipino citizen. Ladderized College Degree Program Im about to enter College this school year. But if you are unsure that you have the resources.000 pesos. and not be a recipient of any other government scholarship grant of similar scheme b. Information and Communication Technology. depending on your financial situation. Should I enroll in the Ladderized Program or in the regular B. If you have the financial means to directly pursue a four or five-year College Degree Program. What College Disciplines have been ladderized? Are all College Degree Programs covered? In what regions. TESDA also provides scholarship and student assistance to those who wish to attend Private Institutions.TESDA can help you in many ways. plus work experience acquired at each Job Platform. namely: Agriculture. Helping you acquire the skills for a job TESDA has a network of 121 TESDA Technology Institutions all over the country that provide mostly tradebased training courses. not have any pending administrative or criminal charges. However. Providing you credit units earned in Tech-Voc courses that Colleges and Universities may recognize as equivalent credit units for their College Degree Programs. Education. Ladderized Education will be implemented in eight (8) disciplines which are among the most popular. at the schools owned and operated by your Government. These courses are usually offered for free. including: a. through its Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) and Technical Education and Skill Development Project-Asian Development Bank (TESD-ADB) Programs. have had a general grade average in High School of 80% or above. The main advantage of Ladderized Education is that a National Certificate affirming your Tech-Voc qualification can assure your job-readiness in successively higher Job Platforms. TESDA and CHEd have mapped out a system of equivalent units and credits between Tech-Voc courses and College Degree Programs in selected disciplines. Degree Program? The decision is yours. then well and good. to complete a College Degree Program straightaway. Ladderized curricula have also been . Poor but deserving students. provinces. cities and municipalities? Initially. for SY 2006-2007. you can enroll in the regular B. Maritime. or the time. units of competencies earned in Tech-Voc courses are given equivalent units in a relevant. be of good moral character. belong to a family whose annual gross income is not more than 120. With Tech-Voc skills and competencies in hand. can avail of these financial subsidies. without having to earn money throughout that period. Under this credit matrix. Business Tourism and Criminology. not have taken any post-secondary or College units after High School graduation. as certified by the school principal. you will have arrives on a Job Platform that can already provide you occupation work for a lifetime. or for a small fee. plus s College Degree. degree Program. Health. Engineering.S. who do not have the means to get an education. then you should choose to go through a Ladderized Program. be physically and mentally fit to undergo training / education.S. as you work up your way to College. TESDA and CHEd have worked together to map out competency equivalents in many of these programs to develop possible credit equivalency matrices in selected disciplines.

on an ongoing process of never-ending development. Ladderized Education Program . To get a certification in a technical course. Bartending and Food and Beverage. however. Where can I get more details and information about Ladderized Education? All other details and information on Ladderized Education are available at the nearest TESDA and CHEd field office in your area. TESDA and CHEd are working closely together with their respective institutional partners to achieve this progressively. Housekeeping. if you choose. Executive Order 358 was promulgated which concerns the ladderized interface between technical education (6 month to 2 year courses) and higher education (4 year courses). later come back to finish your 4-year course. Fernandez Colleges is one such venue for assessment: it has complete facilities and equipment used in the assessment of Caregiver. We have merely started to institutionalize Ladderized College Degree Programs in our Educational System. which allow the student to take TESDA skills courses and later on continue their education leading up to 4-year degrees. The skill assessment is conducted either at their offices or at certified assessment centers. Thus. The approach in education today is to provide Filipinos with employability given the shortest time and least resources. you must pass a final skill assessment to be given by TESDA (This is required for POEA and PDOS applicants). Fernandez Colleges has been a pioneer with regards to ladderized courses.developed in some of the identified Tech-Voc and College Degree Programs. This will be continuing work in progress. 358 will be implemented nationwide in institutions with authorized Ladderrized Programs that have already been approved by TESDA and CHEd in eight (8) popular disciplines. Beginning this school year 2006-2007. definitely. This is unlike traditional education where you could only become employed after 4 years thus making those who stopped after only 2 or 3 years highly unemployable.O. Lists of Disciplines / College Degree Programs will expanded to widen the scope and coverage of Ladderized Education. Ladderized courses are those. Thus. Health Care Services. Will Ladderized Education also cover other Disciplines and other College Degree Programs? Oh yes. the Ladderized Education System under E. you may get a certificate in a technical course become employed and.

358 in September 15.President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed the Executive Order No. 2004 which mandates TESDA and CHED to develop and implement a unified national qualifications framework that establishes equivalency pathways and access ramps for easier transition and progression between TVET and higher education. The framework shall include the following mechanisms: y y y y y y y y y National System of Credit Transfer Post TVET Bridging Programs System of Enhanced Equivalency Adoption of Ladderized Curricula/Program Modularized Program Approach Comptency-based Programs Network of Dual Sector Colleges and Universities Accreditation/Recognition of Prior Learning List of TVIs under EO 358 .

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