Distance learning schools in the Philippines provide students more options on how they can obtain a high school diploma, certificate course, or a bachelor's, master’s or doctoral degree. These schools are duly recognized by the Philippine government through accreditation from the Department of Education (DE) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
University of the Philippine Open University
The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, among a handful of distance learning schools in the Philippines.
UPOU follows a semestral schedule. Teacher-student interaction regularly takes place through various forms of communication. The most widely used option is online interaction. Regular mail, phone and occasional face-to-face interactions are also utilized, depending on the availability of the students.
A few of the dozens of programs and degrees the school offers include: New Enterprise Planning, Associate in Arts, Diploma in Natural Resources Management, Diploma in Computer Science, Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies, Master in Public Health, Master of Arts in Nursing and Ph.D in Education.
University of the Philippines Open University Los Banos, Laguna Philippines +63-49-536-6001 upou.org
Ateneo de Manila University Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism
The Ateneo de Manila University’s (AdMU) distance education program focuses on journalism. The Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism is designed for working professionals seeking advancement in their craft through an academic level of training. Students interact with their teachers online through the university’s on-campus methods. Some courses may have to be taken on-site at the university’s campus in Quezon City. The program offers the two-year courses: Advanced Reporting and Writing, Media Ethics and Media Law.
Ateneo de Manila University Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism Katipunan Avenue Loyola Heights Quezon City, Metro Manila Philippines +63-2-426.6001 admu.edu.ph
ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center
The ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center (DLC) was primarily a school for young actors and actresses who have no time for regular schooling. ABS-CBN is a major television company in the Philippines, and it has a big talent pool of actors, actresses and singers. Duly accredited by the Department of Education (DE), DLC already accepts any student whether working in the entertainment industry or has special needs which makes distance learning more preferable. Aside from young performing artists intending to finish high school, DLC also caters to those who have to undergo regular medication or those who can’t attend regular schools due to frequent travels and other concerns.
ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center 5th Flr. DTC Bldg. ABS-CBN, Sgt. Esguerra St. Diliman Quezon City, Metro Manila Philippines +63-2-414-7193, +63-2-924-41-01 loc. 5180/5190 abs-cbn.com
Rianne Hill Soriano is a freelance artist/writer/educator. Her diverse work experiences include projects in the Philippines, Korea and United States. For more than six years she has written about films, travel, food, fashion, culture and other topics on websites including Yahoo!, Yehey! and Herword. She also co-wrote a book about Asian cinema.