The Department of Home Economics Education
The Department of Home Economics Education (HEEd) is the oldest department at CHE. Established in 1992 under the College of Education, it is the forerunner of the present Department of Home Economics Education, which was organized in 1961 when the CHE was created. Its mission I to develop home economists who are exemplars of knowledge, skills and humanitarian values committed to enabling individuals and families to become effective members of local and global communities through quality instruction, research and extension (HEEd Faculty, 2003).
At the heart of the Department’s mission is the vision of empowered Filipino families who are able to take charge of improving their well-being. To realize their mission, the department focuses on four areas of integration- 1) home economics education and training, 2) household resource management, 3) entrepreneurship and livelihood education, and 4) consumer education, Coupled with the fundamental knowledge and skills in foods and nutrition, clothing and crafts, shelter and home management, and family life, these integrative areas contribute greatly to stronger, empowered individuals and families by equipping them for effective personal, family and community living; and by improving day-to-day living of families through expanded and judicious use of resources, efficient management of home and family, promoting sustainable consumption, and greater appreciation of local technologies, perceptions and practices.
The department continues to carry the flagship home economics programs of the college – the Bachelor, Master’s and Ph.D. in Home Economics. The department is a pioneer in the development of graduate studies in home economics. In fact, the Ph.D. in Home Economics is the only continuing doctoral program in home economics in the Philippines.
The MHE and PhD (HE) programs are designed for teachers, curriculum planners, researches, trainers and other practitioners in home economics and related field such as food, clothing and childhood education. It is also helpful for NGO, community and government workers involved in planning and implementation of programs aimed at improving the well being of families.
The graduate programs offer opportunities for academic scholarship, which include a good research program, quality instruction and seminars geared towards the needs of students as well as training and extension work for marginalized communities. Exposure to local and international professional organizations and assistance in preparing and presenting research papers to local and international conferences are among the valuable learning experiences of graduate students.
The HEEd department’s research strengths are in program evaluation and development of teaching strategies in formal (elementary, secondary, tertiary) and non-formal settings as well as in household resource management, consumer and entrepreneurship studies.