Through the Philippine Cultural Education Program (PCEP) endowment from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Marinduque State College (MSC) School of Graduate Education and Professional Studies (SGEPS) is going to start its Level 2 offering of the Graduate Diploma in Cultural Education this 3rd Quarter.

The current batch of GDCE teacher-scholars come from Romblon, Oriental Mindoro and Marinduque. They underwent Level 1 last June and July with 4 courses: CulEd 205 – Philippine Arts; CulEd 204 – Re-view of Philippine History and Heritage; CulEd 204 – Language Diversity and Philippine Languages and CulEd 200 – Pedagogy of Cultural Education.

The Level 2 of GDCE is composed of four more courses: CulEd 208 – Issues in Cultural Education; CulEd 207 – Culture-based Media Documentation; CulEd 206 – Local Cultural Mapping and CulEd 209 – Development of Culture-based Lesson Exemplars.

Due to the varying quarantine status, instead of starting sooner, there had been changes with the schedule. Even the mode of delivery has to be flexible instead of having GDCE Level during the summer term, it was rescheduled by the 1st semester and rather than having the 54 hours course work for straight seven days, it was restructured for executive classes during the weekends through three weeks to a month. 

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The GDCE batch has initiated a curation of course contents through a webinar series last September 2020 with the help of the MSC Office of Media and International Affairs along with the technical support of the Info Comm Tech Service Center of the college. Along with recorded video streamed via Youtube and Facebook live, they were also able to compile their respective course output thru archive.org and issuu.com.

On the part of the College, the official website also hosted a microsite of the PCEP, NCCA and GDCE Mimaropa activities.  By December, during the completion rights the GDCE batch two would also be preparing their capstone project most likely in a form of a web symposium.

Since NCCA is the de-facto cultural ministry and the PCEP along with the NCCA National Committee of Cultural Education ensures the task of the Sub Commission of Cultural Dissemination along with the National Committee of Language and Translation with the National Committee on Communication. MSC SGEPS is the conduit of NCCA PCEP for the implementation of GDCE in the region.

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