Atty. Cecilio Dioneda Duka, Ed.D. is a well-known lawyer and educator, a prolific writer who has already authored 10 books and co-authored 3 books in the field of Labor Law, Constitutional Law, Public International Law, education, history, philosophy, and other disciplines. He is a much sought-after lecturer in the mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) for lawyers and Bar Review, Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and Civil Service review programs all over the country. He is a distinguished resource speaker in various seminars and conferences in the areas of law, education, and social sciences nationally and internationally.
He is a holder of Juris Doctor Degree from San Sebastian College of Law, a Doctor of Education and a Master of Arts in Education degrees from the National Teachers College. He finished his Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Social Sciences from the National Teachers College as magna cum laude. Prior to his appointment as Dean of the College of Education of UMAK, he was active in the practice of labor law, criminal law, and civil law. He has occupied various teaching and administrative positions in De La Salle University Graduate School of Education and School of Law, San Sebastian College Institute of Arts and Sciences and College of Law, Arellano University School of Law, PLM School of Law, Far Eastern University Institute of Arts and Sciences and The National Teachers College. He was appointed Dean of the College of Education of the Philippine Women’s University at the age of 26. He is happily married to Carol R. Duka and blessed with two daughters and two sons.
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
Education does not mean teaching people to learn what they do not know. It means teaching them up to behave as they do not behave. Wonderful and truthful words coming from John Ruskin, a leading English critic, prominent social thinker, and philanthropist of the Victorian era.
These are some of the guiding principles behind the development of teacher training institutions like the College of Education of UMAK. Educating the child is not simply spoon-feeding him with facts and information that he must memorize. Teaching a child means developing every aspect of his personality particularly his character and making it relevant and adapted to his needs not only at present but also in the years to come.
Certainly, training students who would become teachers of the 21st-century learners is a herculean task that should be taken seriously. The learners of today are a different breed of students who must be honed holistically- cognitively, affectively, and manipulatively. The College of Education of UMAK is certainly apt to this calling for we believe that we have to train a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he shall not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6)
The COE offers teacher-education programs structured to meet the needs of professional teachers. The programs are designed to produce educators who are committed and accountable for providing competent classroom and excellent classroom instructions. COE is vertically accelerated into the undergraduate and graduate programs both of which provide the on-going emergence and development of innovative instructional and educational management-based impact on teaching and learning paradigms. To achieve this potential, the COE offers programs that promote development of school administrators to become better school managers, integrate frameworks from theory to practical application on special education and guidance and counseling, teach students to effectively use technology by designing media for instruction to support new technology-intensive pedagogies. COE endeavors to promote the ideals of holistic life-long learning through application of research and other scholarly activities to meet the demands of rapidly changing local and national environments for 21st century competitive professional.