Philippine Normal University

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Philippine Normal University
Pamantasang Normal ng Pilipinas
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Philippine Normal University
Motto Truth, Excellence, Service
Established 1901
Type State University
National university
President Ester B. Ogena[1]
Location Manila, Philippines
Campus 5 campuses: Manila, Quezon Province, Isabela Province, Negros Occidental, Agusan del Sur
Hymn PNU Hymn
Colors Royal Blue and Gold

The Philippine Normal University (PNU) is a public research university in Manila, Philippines established during the early days of the American Rule. Pursuant to Republic Act No. 9647, it is now funded and operated as a National Center for Teacher Education in the country.[2]

Board of Regents[edit]

The Philippine Normal University Board of Regents (Lupon ng mga Rehente ng Pamantasang Normal ng Pilipinas in Filipino) is the highest decision-making body of the Philippine Normal University. Constituted by the Republic Act 8292 or commonly known as the Higher Education Modernization Act of 1997, the board is composed of distinguished members and is vested with general powers of administration and the exercise of title powers of the corporation.


The Philippine Normal University (PNU), was originally the Philippine Normal School (PNS) created by the American Government under Act No. 74 of the Philippine Commission. Enacted on January 21, 1901, Act No. 74 mandated for the establishment of a normal and a trade school. The Philippine Normal School formally opened on September 1, 1901, as an institution for the training of teachers, while the Manila Trade School also opened in the same year as a school for the arts and trades.

For more than two decades, PNS offered a two-year general secondary education program. It was only in 1928 when it became a junior college offering a two-year program to graduates of secondary schools. When PNS was converted into the Philippine Normal College (PNC) in 1949 through Republic Act 416 (the Charter of the College), the four-year Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BSEE) program was introduced. Subsequently, other undergraduate programs ensued such as the Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) with specialization in Elementary Education; a BSEE major in Home Economics; and a three-year Combined Home Economics diploma.

In 1953, the Graduate School was established. Equipped with a legal mandate, PNC included the Master of Arts (MA) in Education curriculum in the academic program. However, the organization of a full-fledged Graduate School came five years later.

It was only in 1970 when the Bachelor of Science in Education curriculum, offering major and minor subjects, was introduced. The passage of Republic Act 6515 which amended Republic Act 416 in July 1972 paved the way for the offering and conferment of the Doctor of Education (Ed. D) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) degrees and the provision of other academic programs relevant to the in-service training of teachers, school supervisors, administrators, researchers, and other educational specialists and personnel. Curriculum development, revision, adaptation played an important role in ensuring high scholastic standards for the institution.

As it gained its foothold in teacher education, PNC established branches in Agusan del Sur, Isabela and Negros Occidental. Aside from the creation of campuses, the College expanded its services, most significant of which was its designation as the Curriculum Development Center for Communication Arts (English and Filipino) under the Language Study Center-Educational Development Projects Implementing Task Force (LSC-EDPITAF) Project and afterward as Center of Excellence (CENTREX) in English, Filipino and Values Education. Its major functions included the development of English and Filipino textbooks and teacher manuals for use in public elementary and secondary schools nationwide, and the conduct of national level trainers-training programs for the Bureau of Secondary Education Department of Education, Culture and Sports and the Fund for Assistance to Private Education.

The school was elevated to university status on December 26, 1991, under Republic Act 7168. A fourth campus was born in Quezon Province.

It continues to serve as collaborative partner in various government and private-sector educational projects. In further recognition of its leadership role, the University was designated as Center of Excellence in Teacher Education (COE) for the National Capital Region and Center of Excellence in Filipino at the national level.

In 2008, it was declared the country's National Center for Teacher Education by virtue of Republic Act 9647. Dr. Fe Hidalgo, an alumni and former Department of Education undersecretary is the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the University until December 31 of this year.

On November 16, 2010. Dr. Ester B. Ogena, a director from the Department of Science and Technology was elected and appointed by the University's Board of Regents as the 10th University President. She has assumed office on January 1, 2011.


City of Manila[edit]

Manila — The Manila Campus is the flagship and oldest campus of the university. The Philippine Normal School was founded on September 1, 1901 by virtue of Act 14 of the Philippine Commission. It was the first school of higher learning organized during the American period. It was elevated into the Philippine Normal College on June 18, 1949 and became a university on December 26, 1991.[3]


In 1909, Parsons ventured into the design of schools by drawing the plans for the Tondo Intermediate School, which seemed to forecast his design for the Normal School in 1914. The two-storey, concrete school building, built on Sande Street, had a rectangular plan with the customary Parsons’ trademark of arched openings at the ground floor and rectangular capiz window panes on the upper storey. The facade was broken with triangular pediments, further articulating the roof gable. The design was to be replicated for the Cebu High School (1914) building.[4]

In 1911, Parsons designed a school for the training of teachers, the Philippine Normal School, completed in 1914. The Normal School, done in a style that allowed the California Mission style to juxtapose with the capiz window panes and ornately grilled ventanillas, was erected at the corner of Taft Avenue and Ayala Boulevard. The building, three-storeys in height, followed a V-configuration plan, where an auditorium was at the apex, while the rest of its segments were used as classrooms and laboratories linked by corridors. The construction, then budgeted at 374,000 pesos, was made of reinforced concrete. The exterior was relieved by panels of glazed polychromatic glazed tiles set in concrete. He designed the Central School [later to be renamed Bordner High School, and now a part of the Manila Science High School compound] in the same aesthetic direction on Taft Avenue, a stone’s throw away from the Normal School.[4]

Province of Negros Occidental[edit]

The Negros Occidental campus in Cadiz City was charted with the passage of Republic Act 4242. It opened on July 22, 1968.

Province of Agusan del Sur[edit]

The Agusan del Sur campus is one of the three campuses charted under Republic Act No. 4242. It opened on August 12, 1968.

Province of Isabela[edit]

Coinciding with the establishment of the Negros Occidental and Agusan del Sur campuses as charted under the same law, the Isabela campus opened on July 26, 1971.

Province of Quezon[edit]

While the three other campuses were chartered under R.A. 4242, the Lopez campus started as a consortium with the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. After expiration of the agreement, the two partner institutions became separate colleges and established as a separate campus of their respective mother unit.

Undergraduate Courses Offered[5][edit]

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECEd)
  • Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd)
  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Secondary Education (AB/BSE) Major in Literature
   *English Stream
   *Filipino Stream
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSE)
      BSE major in Biology
      BSE major in Chemistry
      BSE major in English
      BSE major in Filipino
      BSE major in General Science
      BSE major in History
      BSE major in Home Economics
      BSE major in Mathematics
      BSE major in Music Education
      BSE major in Physical Education
      BSE major in Physics
      BSE major in Social Science
      BSE major in Speech & Theater Arts
      BSE major in Values Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSP) Stream -- Guidance and Counseling
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Education (BSITE)
  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry for Teachers (BSCT)
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics for Teachers (BSMT)
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics for Teachers (BSPT)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology for Teachers (BSBT)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics for Teachers (BSNDT)
  • Bachelor of Mathematics Education (BME)
      With Certificates in Teaching: Junior High School and Senior High School
  • Bachelor of Science Education (BSE)
      With Specialization in:
  • Bachelor of Math and Science Elementary Education (BMSEE)
  • Bachelor of English Education (BEE)
  • Bachelor of Filipino Education (BFE)

Undergraduate Certificate Programs[edit]

  • Certificate in Campus Writing & Advising
  • Certificate in English
  • Certificate in Filipino
  • Certificate in Home Economics
  • Certificate in Library & Information Science
  • Certificate in Livelihood Education
  • Certificate in Music Education
  • Certificate in Physical Education
  • Certificate in Pre-school Education
  • Certificate in School Health Education
  • Certificate in Science Teaching
  • Certificate in Speech and Theater Arts
  • Certificate in Values Education
  • Certificate in Women Studies
  • Certificate in Teaching Program (Elementary/Secondary)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Graduate Courses Offered[6][edit]

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D / Ed.D)
       Ph. D in Bilingual Education
       Ph. D in Curriculum and Instruction
       Ph. D in Educational Management
       Ph. D in Filipino
       Ph. D in Guidance and Counseling
       Ph. D in Linguistics
                *Applied Linguistics Stream
                *Filipino Linguistics & Literature Stream
       Ph. D in Literature (English and Filipino Stream)
       Ph. D in Mathematics Education
       Ph. D in Reading Education
       Ph. D in Science Education
       Ed. D. in Educational Administration
  • Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed)
       Bilingual Education
       Child Study
       Curriculum & Instruction
       Drama Education & Theater Arts
       Educational Management
       Educational Technology
       Elementary Education
       Early Childhood Education
       English Language Teaching
       Guidance and Counseling
       Health Education
       Home Economics
       History Teaching
       Library & Information Science
       Literature (English & Filipino Stream)
       Multilingual Education
       Mathematics Education
       Measurement & Evaluation
       Music Education
       Non-Formal Education
       Pagtuturo ng Filipino
       Physical Education
       School Psychology
       Social Science Teaching
       Special Education
       Visual Disabilities
       Auditory Disabilities
       Intellectual Disabilities
       Intellectual Giftedness
  • Master of Arts in Science Education
       General Science
  • Master of Education (M Ed) in:
       Child Study
       Drama Education & Theater Arts
       Educational Management
       Educational Measurement & Evaluation
       Elementary Education
       Guidance & Counseling
       History Teaching
       Music Education
       Non-Formal Education
       Physical Education
       School Psychology
       Social Science Teaching
       Special Education
       Values Education
  • Master in:
       Educational Technology
       Home Economics Education
       Library and Information Science
       Mathematics Education
       Science Education
  • Master of Arts in:
       Library and Information Sciences

Notable Faculty and Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Ogena is 10th PNU President". Philippine Normal University. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  2. ^ "An Act Designating the Philippine Normal University as the Country's National Center for Teacher Education, Appropriating Funds Therefor, and for Other Purposes". Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  3. ^ Alarcon, Norma (2008). The Imperial Tapestry: American Colonial Architecture in the Philippines. Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. p. 93. ISBN 978-971-506-474-3. 
  4. ^ a b Lico, Gerard (2008). Arkitekturang Filipino: A History of Architecture and Urbanism in the Philippines. Quezon City: The University of the Philippines Press. pp. 269–270. ISBN 978-971-542-579-7. 
  5. ^ "Philippine Normal University". Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  6. ^ "Philippine Normal University". Retrieved 2013-09-14. 

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Coordinates: 14°35′12″N 120°58′58″E / 14.5867°N 120.9828°E / 14.5867; 120.9828