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Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education in the Philippines

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Program Overview

Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education (BTTE) is a four year ladderized degree program that provides students with the knowledge and skills to teach technical – vocational courses like Automotive, Electrical, Civil and Drafting technology, Food and Service Management and many more. It aims to equip students with strong theoretical understanding of teaching and technology.

The Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education program inculcates in students a deep understanding of the teaching and learning principles and theories needed in teaching technical – vocational courses. It also discusses how the educational processes relate to larger historical, social, cultural and political processes.

Generally, the program’s curriculum is filled with education subjects thus graduates of this program are allowed to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). Once graduates of the BTTE program pass the LET, they can teach in academic institutions specifically in elementary, secondary and collegiate levels. Home Economics and Livelihood Education (HELE), Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE), Agricultural Technology (AgriTech), Practical Arts (PracArts) and Computer Technology (ComTech) are just some of the subjects that graduates can teach.

Graduates of the BTTE program may also teach in the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as well as in vocational schools, private and livelihood training centers and charitable institutions who aim to train the oppressed sectors of society to develop specific skills that they can use to earn money and become financially independent. The subjects that they will teach will mainly depend on the field of specialization that they chose.

Areas of Specialization

  • Automotive Technology – the design, construction and operation of motor, engines and automobiles.
  • Electronics Technology – concerned with the development, behavior, and applications of electronic devices and circuits.
  • Electrical Technology – the design and development of high-voltage systems and components such as motors, generators, heaters, electrical power transmission and distribution systems, radio wave and optical systems, converters, and control systems for operating light and heavy machinery.
  • Food and Service Management – the application of food science to the selection, preservation, processing, packaging, distribution, and use of safe food.
  • Drafting Technology – the systematic representation and dimensional specification of mechanical and architectural structures.
  • Heating, Ventilating and Air-conditioning Technology – develop the skills and knowledge of students in many aspects of the HVAC industry, which include the installation and servicing of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems for residential and commercial applications.
  • Mechanical Technology – introduces the student to the principles, materials, and equipment of mechanical technology. Emphasis is placed on drafting, design, and an understanding of basic machine components.
  • Welding and Fabrication Technology – teaches students the fabrication or sculptural process that joins materials, usually metals or thermoplastics
  • Civil Technology – teaches students skills in the development of designs and drawings from preliminary concepts and sketches, prepare construction specifications, cost and material estimates, project schedules and reports.
  • Garments, Fashion and Design – involves lessons that provide students with the knowledge in the inspection and analysis of fabrics, materials and methods used in the production of clothing.

Two Models of the BTTE Program

  • Model A – offered to high school graduates.
  • Model B – offered to the graduates of the two year Trade Technical Curriculum and the Three-year Diploma of Technology Program in different areas of specialization, who have at least one year industry experience aside from the industry immersion/OJT.

Ladderized Curriculum

Being a ladderized course, students who successfully complete each year level and pass the TESDA Competency Assessment shall be issued the National Certificate (NC) on that particular level. These certificates will depend on the area of specialization that a student will choose to study.
  • Automotive Technology:
    • 1st to 3rd year: Certificate as Auto Service Technician
  • Electronics Technology:
    • 1st to 3rd year: Certificate in Electronics Technology
  • Electrical Technology:
    • 1st year: Certificate in Building Wiring Installation
    • 2nd year: Certificate in Automation and Mechatronics
    • 3rd year: Certificate in Graphics/Commercial Arts with computer application
  • Food and Service Management:
    • 1st year: Certificate in Food Selection and Preparation, Food Processing, packaging and labelling and meal management
    • 2nd year: Certificate in Advanced Baking and International Cuisine, Bartending and bar set-up
  • Drafting Technology:
    • 1st year: Certificate in Machine Drafting, Basic Auto-CAD 2-D
    • 2nd year: Certificate in Architectural Drafting and Design
    • 3rd year: Certificate in Air Duct Servicing
  • Heating, Ventilating and Air-conditioning Technology:
    • 1st year: Certificate in Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC) Servicing
    • 2nd year: Certificate in Transport Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC) Servicing
    • 3rd year: Certificate in Graphics/Commercial Arts with computer application
  • Mechanical Technology:
    • 1st to 3rd year: Certificate in Machining
  • Welding and Fabrication Technology:
    • 1st year: Certificate in Shielded Metal Arc Wedding (SMAW)
    • 2nd year: Certificate in Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Civil Technology:
    • 1st year: Certificate in Carpentry, Scaffold Erection and Masonry
    • 2nd year: Certificate in Plumbing, Tile Setting, Finishing Carpentry and Construction Painting
    • 3rd year: Certificate in Construction Management
  • Garments, Fashion and Design:
    • 1st to 3rd year: Certificate in Dressmaking

Subjects and Curriculum

The subjects and requirements in the BTTE curriculum are divided into the following categories:
  • General Education courses: Language and Humanities Cluster, Mathematics, Computer and Natural Science Cluster, Social Sciences Cluster, Mandated Subjects
  • Professional Courses:
    • Theory and Concepts: Adolescent Psychology, Facilitating Learning, Social Dimensions of Education, The Teaching Profession including the Code of Ethics, Curriculum Development (Project Planning and Development)
    • Methods and Strategies of Teaching Technology: Principles of Teaching, Strategies of Teaching, Educational Technology, Assessment of Student Learning, Career Guidance and Counselling
  • Specialization Courses:
    • Automotive Technology: Internal Combustion Engine Servicing, Repair and Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance and Gas/Diesel Engine Tune-up, Automotive Body Electrical System Service, Repair and Maintenance, Underchassis Components, Automotive Air-conditioning System, Motorcycle and Small Engine Servicing, Engine Overhauling
    • Electronics Technology: Basic Electronics, Digital Electronics, Audio System Repair and Maintenance, Cellular Phone Repair, Video System Repair, Instrumentation Troubleshoot
    • Electrical Technology: Fundamentals of Electricity, Electrical and Electronics Circuits and Devices, Electrical Wiring System and Design, Signal and Communication System, DC Machine, AC Machine, Logic Circuit Controller, Pneumatic and Hydraulic application
    • Food and Service Management: Occupation Health and Safety Practices, Food Selection and Preparation, Meal Management, Food Processing, Packaging and Labelling, Basic Baking, Advance Baking, International Cuisine, Cafeteria and Catering Management, Quantity Cookery, Bartending and Bar set-up
    • Drafting Technology: Drafting Fundamentals and theory of design, Basic Auto-CAD 2-D application, Machine Drafting using Auto-CAD, Architectural drafting and design, Building technology and Utilities, Construction Estimates and Scale Modelling,
    • Heating, Ventilating and Air-conditioning Technology: Instrumentation and Control Devices, Domestic Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Electrical Circuits, Soldering, Welding and Joining Operations, Commercial Refrigeration, Mobile Refrigeration, Refrigeration Plant Designing, Heat Pump Operation
    • Mechanical Technology: Basic Machine Tools, Bench Work, Lathe Machine Operations, Heat Treatment, Milling Machine Operations, Grinding Machine Operations, Tool and Die Making, Blueprint Reading,
    • Welding and Fabrication Technology: Metal Testing and Heat Treatment Process, Basic Shielding Metal Arc Welding Process, Oxy Acetylene Welding, Cutting and Brazing, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Pipe Fitting,
    • Civil Technology: Occupational Health and Safety, National Building Code, Rough Carpentry, Rebar Works, Rough Masonry, Elementary Surveying, Plumbing, Finishing Masonry, Finishing Carpentry, Construction Surveying, Construction Estimating, Analysis of Building Structure, Construction Painting, Construction Management
    • Garments, Fashion and Design: Fabric and Garment Designing Techniques, Basic Sewing Processes, Men’s Garments Construction, Pattern Grading and Marker Making
  • Industry Immersion (OJT)
  • Practice Teaching
  • Special Research Topic/Project
The lessons in the BTTE program are taught to students in a variety of teaching methods. They will spend most of their time inside the classroom listening to lectures, doing hands-on exercises and visiting different vocational and livelihood agencies where they will be able to observe firsthand different tasks related to their chosen industry. From time to time seminars and educational talks will be scheduled for students to attend. These kinds of activities will give keep the students up-to-date with current trends and practices.

Is Technical Teaching a profession?

If a graduate takes the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and passes he/she becomes a Licensed Teacher. He/she may be employed as Trainer of Industry-based training centers, Instructor for Technical Schools, Teacher of Technological Livelihood and vocational courses and many more. Being a Licensed Teacher is considered a profession because it requires a specific set of knowledge and skills as well as a licensure examination.

BTTE graduates who do not go on to become teachers, can be employed in a variety of technical jobs that relate to their field of specialization. Technician jobs are considered professions, however there are also less specialized jobs like machinist and operators which are not considered to be professions.

What are the admission requirements for the BTTE program?

Aside from the general admission requirements, the two types of models for the BTTE program have specific admission requirements. Requirements at each school may differ, but these are the mandated requirements according to CHED.
  • Admission requirements for High School students:
    • Must be a high school graduate.
      Those who did not complete high school education may opt to first attend Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college. However, some universities only offer selected courses for PEPT passers
    • College entrance exam: must pass the college entrance examination with a specified rating set by the school.
    • General Weighted Average (GWA): the high school graduate must have a specified grade point average as reflected in his/her form 138.
    • Interview: must pass the interview conducted by the college.
  • Admission requirements for Technology Diploma holders:
    • Full-fledged Technician: to be admitted to the BTTE program model B, an applicant must be a graduate of a two year Trade Technical Curriculum or a three-year Diploma of Technology Program in different areas of specialization, or any other Technical – Vocational course.
    • One year work/industry experience: must have at least one year industry experience, aside from the industry immersion/OJT.
    • Grade average in technical subjects: the technician candidate must have obtained the specified grade average in his technical subjects.
    • National Certification (NC): for an applicant to be admitted, he/she must have been awarded as third class (NCIII) certified technician by TESDA.
    • Completed the general education requirements: the applicant must have satisfied the minimum general education requirements. In case the applicant lacks units in general education, bridging subjects should be taken by the applicant to fulfill the general education requirements.
(See sources 1, 2)

What skills, traits and attitude will help you succeed in this course?

  • Strong Technical Skills – the knowledge and ability to learn, operate and control properly and safely an extensive range of equipment, tools and systems used in the field.
  • Basic Mathematical skills – knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications; during practicum exercises you may be asked to calculate certain things so that you can accurately create or fix something so basic knowledge of math is important
  • Analytical skills – the ability to determine how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes
  • Problem solving skills – the ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions; fixing different equipment, machines and other electronic objects can be very tricky, you need to know the order on how to fix things, how to diagnose and identify mechanical problems and return parts to where they should be.
  • Detail Oriented – the ability to notice and identify even the most minute problems in a system, process or equipment
  • Quick Thinker – picks up and understands instructions easily; able to execute tasks in a fast and efficient way
  • Comfortable in public speaking – this is an advantage for those who wish to become teachers or instructors.
  • Able to establish authority – this is an advantage for those who wish to become teachers or instructors.
  • Good communicator – the ability to proficiently speak and write English and convey information to students that is easy to understand.
  • Reading Comprehension – understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents; since you will Practice Teach, you must be able to understand English very well to interpret correctly what you’ve read in books and other sources.
  • Computer Literacy – basic knowledge of computer use and being able to understand application software used in creating models of designs and systems
  • Planning skills – the ability to organize and prioritize activities/tasks effectively; must be able to think of ways on how to do a job efficiently
  • Patience – during practicum exercises, you will not always be able to identify and fix the problem in a machine or equipment right away so you have to extend your patience and continue working; understands student behavior, avoids temper flares and finds possible solutions to unpleasant situations. Also during the during the Field Practice you will be assigned in different agencies where the work involved is time consuming and will involve manual labor thus patience is very essential

How difficult is the Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education program?

Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education is not considered a difficult course. The program is a combination of Technology and Education thus students have to study a variety of subjects. Aside from an interest in fixing and repairing things, you also need to have a flare in teaching. During the entire span of the course, you will have alternating classroom discussions and hands on or practicum exercises. During your hands on exercises, you will be asked to repair machines, engines and many more; you will get dirty and smeared so you have to be able to accept this kind of work.

It does not contain a lot of Mathematics or Science subjects; however, there are many education subjects that you must read and understand thoroughly so that you can apply it in your practice teaching. You have to remember different techniques and methods where your memory will greatly be tested.

One of the most challenging parts of the program is accomplishing two sets of Practicum, one is an Industry Immersion and the other is Practice Teaching. To add up to this, you also need to make a special research project.

How long does it take to complete the BTTE program in the Philippines?

The BTTE program takes four years to complete (Note: this may change due to the K-12 integration). The program may be completed in a shorter time in schools that follow the trimestral curriculum.

Field Practicum

A student of the BTTE program needs to complete two sets of Field Practicum.
  • Industry Immersion
    Under the Industry Immersion, students will be assigned in different agencies and companies related to their specific field of study. During the Industry Immersion, students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and practice their skills in actual settings. The immersion program is done under the supervision of a designated authority in the establishment/office which will evaluate the student periodically and submit the evaluation form to the assigned faculty member. The Industry Immersion is offered in the fourth year of the BTTE program.
  • Practice Teaching
    Practice Teaching is the culmination of the teacher preparation process. Students may be assigned in Elementary and Secondary Schools, Colleges/Universities or in Vocational Institutions where they are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and practice their skills in actual classes.

The practice teaching program is done under the supervision of a faculty member as well as the advisory teacher. Formal and informal classroom observations are conducted regularly. Among the requirements of practice teaching are the creation of plans for classroom management and instruction.

The number of hours required for both Practicums varies from one school to another.
(See source)

Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET)

Graduates of the BTTE program can still be employed even if they do not take the LET, however, for those who would like to teach in secondary schools, colleges/universities and vocational institutions; they need to pass the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).

The examination is conducted by the Board of Professional Teachers under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). There are three categories of subjects included in the exam: General Education (20%), Professional Education (40%) and the Field of Specialization (40%).

To pass the examination an examinee must obtain an average rating of not less than 75% and must have no rating lower than 50% in any of the tests. The results of the board examination are usually released 1 to 2 months after the exam.

Career opportunities for Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education graduates

  • Teaching jobs

    Graduates of the BTTE program who are LET passers can teach different fields in technical education. These are the most common positions they can be employed in.
    • High School Teacher – teaching Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE), Agricultural Technology (AgriTech), Practical Arts (PracArts) and Computer Technology (ComTech)
    • Elementary School Teacher – teaching Home Economics and Livelihood Education (HELE) and Computer Education
    • Vocational Teacher
    • Technical Instructor
    • College/University Professor – teaching Technical Education or Industrial Education. This may require a Master’s degree.
  • Technical jobs related to the BTTE program:

    • Mechanic – repair and maintain almost any machinery or device by using their advanced knowledge about functioning of many systems.
    • Machinist – set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments; includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments.
    • Technician – help create, maintain and repair the electronic components and equipment used in any equipment or device that involves electricity.
    • Operator – work with heavy machinery from setup to operation. Machine operators might work with computer-controlled equipment or more mechanically based machines to make sure they are set up properly, working well, and producing quality product.
    • Fabricator – responsible for assembling finished products using tools, machines, and their own hands. Fabricates various types of products.
    • Industrial Technician – plans and coordinates production activities to ensure that production runs smoothly and stays within budget.
    • Mechatronics Technician – apply their knowledge of engineering to solve technical problems and maintain automated mechanical equipment. This may entail inspecting, troubleshooting and repairing electrical and electronic components.
    • Pneumatic and Hydraulic Technician – also known as hydraulic mechanics, work in industrial settings where they install, repair and maintain hydraulic equipment and machinery, such as lifts, cranes and forklifts.
    • Instrumentation Technician – install, maintain and repair the measuring and control devices used in industrial and commercial processing.
    • Food Technician – check production processes and product quality, and undertake maintenance and basic repair of equipment.
    • Safety Food Controller – monitors compliance with quality standards on production floor to ensure product conforms to specification and food safety practices and assist in documentation involving Food Safety and Good Manufacturing Practices.
    • Heat Pump Installer/Technician – install and maintain systems that control the temperature, humidity, air flow and air filtering in all types of buildings.
    • Drafter – use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings and plans.
    • Robotics Technician – build, install, test, or maintain robotic equipment or related automated production systems.
    • Land Survey technologists – adjust and operate land surveying instruments, such as the theodolite and electronic distance-measuring equipment, and compile notes, make sketches and enter data into computers.
    • Highway Technician – inspect project site and evaluate contractor work to detect design malfunctions and ensure conformance to design specifications and applicable codes.
    • Welding Inspector – performs visual inspections and tests on welded steel pieces to be used in the construction of buildings, bridges and other structures.
    • Safety coordinator – plan and execute the site safety function requirements; implement preventive measure and recommend improvement on the unsafe conditions/material/equipment
    • Site supervisor – oversees and manages all aspects of a construction site. This can include preparing budgets, hiring team members, and handling all logistical and operations duties.
    • Project Manager, Construction – responsible for the planning, management, co-ordination and financial control of a construction project.
    • Quality assurance technician – tests and inspects products and parts in a manufacturing environment to ensure the quality of the product.
    • Production manager – responsible for the technical management, supervision and control of industrial production processes.
    • Operations manager – ensures the day to day operations of a construction project.
  • Career Opportunities Abroad

    Graduates of technical college programs are in demand abroad. The skilled workers sector is highly in demand in foreign countries such as the Middle East, Canada, Australia and Singapore. Filipinos are usually employed in foreign countries as welders, iron worker, machinist, machine operators and similar low level jobs, however these jobs usually pay higher than midlevel and advanced positions in the Philippines.
    (See sources 1, 2)
  • Salary Levels

    A degree in Technical Education can lead to a variety of jobs; examples of these jobs include working as a Technician, Machinist and Teacher. The monthly salaries for these types of jobs are as follows:
    • Technician
      • Fresh Grad / < 1 Year Experienced Employee: P 8,000 to P 12,000
      • 1-4 Years Experienced Employee: P 10,000 to P 15,000
      • Supervisor / 5 Years & Up Experienced Employee: P 15,000 to P 23,000
      • Assistant Manager / Manager: P 15,000 to P 30,000
      (see source)
    • Machinist
      • 1-4 Years Experienced Employee: P 10,000 to P 18,000
      (see source)
    • Teacher
      • Fresh Grad / < 1 Year Experienced Employee: P 8,000 to P 12,000
      • 1-4 Years Experienced Employee: P 10,000 to P 17,000
      • Supervisor / 5 Years & Up Experienced Employee: P 16,000 to P 22,000
      • Assistant Manager / Manager: P 20,000 to P 30,000
      (see source)

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M. R.
◈ Studied Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education
◈ At Marikina Polytechnic College
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Technical Teacher Education: My family chose this course for me. I am still having second thoughts about pursuing a career in teaching.

list bulletAbout my college education: BTTE taught me how to teach English to Technical Vocational students. Ironically, the most difficult subjects were the education units like Principles of Teaching and Social Dimensions of Teaching. My interest are simply not in those topics and my professor didn't make much effort to get it.

I guess one of the most useful things I learned is to enjoy what you're doing, so one has to choose a course, choose one that you love with all your heart. Put practicality aside, because one way or another, however much practical the course is, if you don't love or enjoy what you are doing, you'll end up unhappy and unfulfilled.
Another thing this course had taught me is that a teacher can make or break a student. I learned that I should not take the students' failures and mistakes to heart to the point of crushing their dreams. I learned that being a teacher, I am here to help them build it, polish it and achieve it.

Exams are not just paper-and-pencil. Being teachers and all, we have demonstrations, seminars and portfolios to pass. Fortunately, out of 80 English Majors, only 2 failed and 10 shifted courses in all those 4 years. I think it has something to do with how our teachers guided us and helped us hold on.

Faith, confidence and determination. That is all you need to finish this course. You must have faith in God that He will never leave you and that He put this calling in your heart. Confidence in your choices and your decisions is needed so you won't have a troubled heart. Lastly, just be determined that you can do anything as long as you put your heart to it.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently Data Processor in the call center industry.
I listen to recorded calls and categorize them depending on client specifications.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I learned to adapt. I must be what others need and be the best I can be. I also learned that pretending to love what I do won't get me anywhere. I may not be teaching right now or anytime soon, but I know I want to touch lives. To do that, I must always give my best.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I already was hired even before graduation. Though my classmates who pursued teaching got jobs before the summer even ended.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Technical Teacher Education: Being a graduate of Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education, you get a lot of options. You can teach technical vocational college, grade 8-12, or even elementary students. You can be at an office with administrative or executive position.

Salary level actually depends on the job, but if you pursue teaching, get a license and a Master's degree, your salary would be more than enough. Fresh graduates normally get to private schools first, offering 8k to 17k, depending on the school. A more experienced teacher, on the other hand, can get 18k to 22k depending on the school.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If one wants to be a teacher, he must make sure that he REALLY loves to teach and touch lives. If he doesn't, he'll only exhaust himself in the process.
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