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PAFTE is professional learning community of world class teacher educators.

  • the continuing professional development of its members through research and publication, lectures, conferences and seminar workshops and local and international educational tours;
  • the promotion of collaboration among members and teacher education institutions
  • the adherence to and raising of the national Competency-based Teacher Standards
  • an active and intelligent participation in the discussion and resolution of national educational problems and issues

Passion, Professionalism
Academic Excellence, Accountability
Fortitude, Faithfulness, Futurism, Family-centeredness, Friendliness
Technical Expertise, Teamwork, Transparency
Empowerment, Enthusiasm, Efficiency, Effectiveness

  • To promote and maintain unity, professionalism and excellence among teacher Educators, Teacher Education Institutions, and Professional Teachers;
  • To raise and maintain standards of teacher education and enhance the nobility of the teaching profession through effective leadership and enlightened fellowship;
  • To stimulate, support, and undertake researches, studies and other scholarly works and innovation that will contribute to the improvement of teacher education, and disseminate new knowledge, information and materials through publications, seminars, workshops, lectures, conferences, and other forms of continuing professional education activities;
  • To serve as partner of the Philippine government in promoting national development through pre-service and in-service teacher education.

The Birth of PAFTE
The Philippine Association for Teacher Education (PAFTE) is more than a four-decade strong association of teacher educators which has been in the forefront of teacher education since its birth on January 30, 1969 and its registration with Securities and Exchange Commission on March 17, less than two months after its birth. Its incorporators were Dr. Cresencio Peralta, Dr. Norma Laconico, Dr. Francisca Roxas-Trinidad, Dr. Aurelio Elevazo and Atty. Ponciano B. Pineda. They served as the first Board of Directors, together with Dr. Amparo Lardizabal, Deal Manual Gapuz, Dean Hilda Dizon, Dr. Edith Asis, Father Patrick o'Connor, SJ and Dean Gloria Santos.

PAFTE at the Forefront of Teacher Education
Through the years, PAFTE has ensured that teacher education in the country would not be at a standstill. The officers and members joined hands in setting up a united front in issues of change affecting teacher education. The programs and projects which the pioneer PAFTE leaders adopted escalated so fast that in 1987 PAFTE was able to identify capable colleges/institutes of education as centres of development for both pre-service and in-service. Always supportive of government goals, PAFTE was consulted by the Educational Commission (EDCOM) on matters of teacher education. PAFTE submitted a position paper to the EDCOM stating its favourable stand on the identification of centres of development for teacher education. This provided the baseline information for the enactment of R.A. 7784 also knows as Higher Education Act of 1994, an Act to Strengthen Teacher Education in the Philippines by Establishing Centers of Excellence, Creating a Teacher Education Council for the Purpose.

Ahead of the EDCOM study, PAFTE conducted a capability survey based on a sample of 38% sampling of teacher education institutions offering both BEEd and BSEd, with the assistance of DECS (now DepEd), the Technical Panel for Teacher Education and the Fund for Assistance to Private Education. The results of the 1990 study and the criteria used by PAFTE in the identification of centres of development in teacher education served as information source in the initial identification of the centres of excellence and development in teacher education in the country. Significantly, the approval of the PAFTE's general membership became one of the criteria in the identification of these centres of development.

PAFTE's pacesetting for teacher education encompasses both pre-service and in-service teacher training. It is recognised by the Department of Education as its partner in curriculum and resource development for teacher education. It was represented in the Board for Professional Teachers and provided significant inputs for the improvement of the teachers' board examination. It also played a lead role in the formulation of the competencies for the Licensure Examination for Teachers used by the first Board for professional Teachers of the Professional Regulation Commission in 1996. PAFTE Education by past PAFTE Presidents serving as chair or member. These are Dr. Rosita L. Navarro, DR. Paz l. Lucido, Dr. Amor Q. de Torres and Dr. Brenda B. Corpuz. With its visible involvement in and substantial contribution to teacher education, the association gained the trust and confidence of the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE). FAPE gave financial assistance for the implementation of PAFTEs medium-term development programs from 1985-1995.

PAFTE has been recognised by the Legislature as a close partner in the formulation of laws that relate to education particularly on the quality of the teaching profession and the strengthening of regulations governing the practice of teaching in the country. In 1993, President Navarro presented PAFTE's reactions to Senate Bills 466 and 254. She proposed, among others, the adoption of PAFTE's ladder-like model of professionalization/certification system, the strengthening of the criteria for the selection of centres of excellence for teacher education and legislation to increase the take-home pay of public and private school teachers.

Words and Music By Juliet Y. Tabacug
Notation by Norma C. Conti

The PAFTE spirit spreads o’er the land
The PAFTE spirit we hail and stand
We hail this with pride
PAFTE far and wide

Group for mentors worth
We’ll always support
The PAFTE spirit we keep in our hearts
The PAFTE Spirit we sing like the ark

We hail this with pride
PAFTE far and wide
Group for mentors worth
We’ll always support so

Come and join the band of PAFTE old and young
Educators with a stand
Moulders of the teaching clan

Hail oh PAFTE Hail
So come and join the band of PAFTE old and young
Educators with a stand
Moulders of the teaching clan
Hail oh PAFTE Hail

So walk and march
Let’s sing and shout and hail
PAFTE’s work throughout the land.