Brief Description of the College

The College of Graduate Studies and Teacher Education Research (CGSTER) of the Philippine Normal University is the largest graduate school of education in the Philippines with 12 Doctorate Programs and 62 Masters Programs in various areas of specialization. CGSTERs core area of expertise is Education Science. The College sustains its effort to excel in its leadership role in Teacher Education Research and Graduate Education in the Philippines and beyond.

CGSTER maintains its role to:

  • Intensify competence in educational research;
  • Provide leadership in curriculum and instruction; and
  • Create educational alternatives that are responsive to the needs of the country.

The Graduate Education Program shall fulfill the University’s vision in providing leadership in the field of education. It is continuously committed to:

  • Pursuing Academic Excellence by providing advanced and specialized study to develop a highly competent community of practicing professionals and responsive educational leaders;
  • Advancing Research by fostering rigorous inquiry about educational theories and practices as bases for generating knowledge and sound policies, and improving professional practice; and
  • Promoting a Culture of Sharing by extending scholarship and expertise to other educational institutions, agencies and entities for continuous professional growth.


Philippine Normal University

She is the University Professor of the Philippine Normal University from 2016 to present. Prior to her current work as the Dean of the PNU College of Graduate Studies and Teacher Education (CGSTER), she held her various administrative position to include the Dean of the College of Flexible Learning and ePNU (CFleX), Director of the Institute of Knowledge Management (IKM), Director of the Linkages and Internation Office (LIO), Director of the Philippine National Research Center for Teacher Quality (RCTQ), Director of the Center for Research and Development in Education (CREDE), Head of the Department of Elementary Education (DEE), and academic and research coordinator of the College of Education.

She has held various leadership position in commissioned projects of PNU like those with CHED, DepED, Worldbank, Australian Government, SEAMEO INNOTECH, Smart Communications, Inc., Rex Institute for Student Excellence (RISE), Philippine Embassy in Myanmar, and Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).

She has been a consultant in assessment of some national testing centers, government agencies, industries, board of examiners, and international non-government organizations.

She has been a resource person in the areas of pedagogy, assessment and research in various educational institutions in the country and in foreign countries like Brunei, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and Myanmar. She has delivered research papers on educational assessment, teacher education, and internationalization in international conferences held in the Philippines, China (Shanghai), United Arab Emirates (Dubai), United States of America (Chicago), Spain (Barcelona), United Kingdom (London and Oxford), Taiwan (Kaohsiung), and Denmark (Copenhagen). She has participated in international conferences, meetings, and benchmarking in Czech Republic, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Vienna, Indonesia, Madrid, Macao, Scotland, Canada, Denmark, and Germany.

She has published books, chapters, and articles at the institutional, national, and international level in the areas of educational assessment, teacher education, and mathematics education.

She teaches courses on educational assessment, evaluation, pedagogy, statistics and research from undergraduate to doctoral level. She has been with PNU since 1989 serving it as a faculty for 32 years now.

She finished her PhD in Education with specialization in Educational Research and Evaluation at the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 2006. She obtained her Master of Arts in Education with specialization in Mathematics Education and Bachelor of Education (BEED) with specialization in Mathematics at the Philippine Normal College (PNC) now University. She has been formally trained in Education Evaluation at SEAMEO-RECSAM Malaysia; Professional Education and Research at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia; and Curriculum Analysis by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) in Warsaw, Poland.

Associate Dean, GTEF
Philippine Normal University

Dr. Heidi Barcelo-Macahilig is the pioneer graduate of the Ph.D. in Reading Education program of the Philippine Normal University where she also earned the degree, Master of Arts in Teaching with specialization in Reading. She is currently the Associate Dean of the Graduate Teacher Education Faculty under the College of Graduate Studies and Teacher Education Research. Dr. Macahilig’s research interests are in beginning reading, reading assessment and in first and second language reading. She has developed the Readability Formula for Filipino Texts, a formula that determines the readability level of texts written in Filipino; and the Wordlists for K-3 in 7 Philippine Languages used in the K-12 Curriculum, a tool for assessing sight word recognition and reading fluency in the mother tongue of pupils from Kindergarten to Grade 3. She has read papers in national and international conferences and has published researches locally and internationally.  She is also a member of the Language Area Team that evaluated and revised the Grade 1 curriculum of the new K-12 curriculum. Dr. Macahilig is the former Head of PNU’s Center for Reading and Literacy under the Faculty of Education Science, a former Faculty Regent of the Philippine Normal University, a former Vice President of the Reading Association of the Philippines (RAP), a member of the technical working group of the Literacy Coordinating Council, a member of the International Literacy Association (ILA), and an associate member of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).

Director, GResO
Philippine Normal University

Dr. Arlyne C. Marasigan is the director of Graduate Research Office (GResO) and an assistant professor at the Philippine Normal University-Manila. She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy major in Comparative Education from Beijing Normal University under Chinese Government Scholarship (CSC). Also, she completed academic requirement in PhD in Philippines Studies at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.  She obtained her Master of Arts in Education major in Chemistry at the University of the Philippines-Diliman and her Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Chemistry, under Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Scholarship, graduated Cum Laude from Philippine Normal University-Manila. Dr. Marasigan has several international collaboration and expertise from different disciplines including Chemistry, Science Education, Teacher Education, Curriculum Studies, and Comparative Education. Her research interest focuses on Education for Sustainability such as Sustainable Development, Environmental Sustainability (ESD), Ecofeminism, Green Chemistry and Inclusive education such as Rural Education and Madrasah Education. In addition, she is the co-founder of LakbayLapis2019, committed to supporting rural agri-education stakeholders. She is also a member/officer of various national and international organizations like Rotary International (Atimonan Lakambini), Women’s and Gender Studies Association of the Philippines (WSAP), Phi Lambda Theta (PLT) Philippine Chapter, Comparative Education of the Philippines Inc. to name the few.