LET for non-Education Degree Holders

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Finally, you’ve already completed the required eighteen (18) units of Professional Education subjects, thus, entitling you to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers. Whatever might be your reason for this career shift, whether it might be due to the pursuit of your passion for teaching or a requirement for a college-instructor-turned-into-senior-highschool-teacher for you to save your livelihood in the age of K+12 curriculum, deciding to enroll for another semester or two in order to learn the art of professional teaching is really commendable and worthy of acclaim. Congratulations!

This article is dedicated to the often neglected and confused group of LET takers, the “unit earners“. This article is written by a unit earner for unit earners. The main purpose of this article is to give you a bird eye’s view and somehow orient you with the pitfalls of the LET journey of non-Education majors because there is paucity of write-ups about you.

In using search engines alone using the keyword “LET Review”, the most that you can find are articles and / or tips for LET application, reviewing, and testmanship. Majority of it speaks for the regular Bachelor of Elementary Education and Bachelor of Secondary Education graduate.

My only tip as you search for tips is that you should look for the article that will provide you with practical advice. You are fortunate because the online literature is already replete with those topics and your task is to look for it yourself. As cliché as it may sound, you can read all the Board Examinations tips that you can find, listen to testimonials and success stories, or even read every motivational quote and inspiring Biblical verses but I am sure that you know deep down inside that only you can help yourself. Majority of you will agree that reviewing is relative, or in a case to case basis. Soon enough you will discover for yourself the pragmatic tips and use it to your advantage.

When you left the portals of the College of Education, I am certain that the cliff hanger was, “Am I ready to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers?”

I understand your woes and worries. I am certain that a lot of things are running into your mind right now: hopes, dreams, expectations, and fears. Like you, I traveled the same road before. I understand your battle cries because I’ve been there and I’ve already done that. But I can assure you, albeit you only studied six (6) subjects with three (3) units each under the Teacher Certificate Program / Certificate in Professional Education, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have the chance to acquire a high rating or even top the LET.

Unit earners are often times underrated by many people but in reality they are all topnotch contenders. Believe me or not, the results will surprise you.

Let me give you a glimpse of what is to come: at first, you will look like an “underdog” as compared to your co-reviewees who studied BEEd and BSEd for four years:

  • You will find yourself helpless and lost in the middle of live review center sessions most especially when your reviewmates seem to be answering in unison and you can’t relate.
  • Your study desk will become disorganized because you don’t know where to begin and you wonder if you bought and photocopied the right review materials.
  • You will also be having difficulty in reviewing for long hours because you are not accustomed anymore in stimulating your neurons after a long hiatus in schooling.
  • You will have the difficulty in discerning what is trivial and what is relevant for the LET. You will also constantly ask yourself the questions, “Naituro nga ba sa amin ‘to?” and “Ano ba ‘tong pinasok ko?”.
  • You will also find yourself juggling your limited time for your own family, work, social life, church activities, and reviewing.
  • You might also lose your focus as you stream for your self review because you are greatly overwhelmed with the various Professional Education principles and concepts which doesn’t ring a bell, considering that you just recently studied Professional Education major subjects in school. I tell you, sometimes when you study the ProfEd, the law of recency doesn’t play an integral role because the design of the question under ProfEd calls for critical thinking and not just simple recall. Reflect on situational questions under the ProfEd because it is one of the ways to increase your probability of passing or even topping the LET and oh, don’t commit everything to rote memory.

The agony doesn’t end in ProfEd, you will also need to recount the lessons that you took for granted way back good ‘ol elementary and highschool days because there is a General Education component—those are the concepts that you missed because you glimpsed at your highschool sweetheart when the teacher was discussing something in one boring afternoon class or you intentionally didn’t care to listen because you are preoccupied and excited to play outside.

Sometimes, while studying the GenEd, you will really feel that you are on the hot seat of the gameshow Who Wants to be a Millionaire? There’s a part of you that knows the elementary/highschool level question, it really sounds and looks familiar, but despite how many times you trip down into memory lane for the answer, you simply cannot remember the concept anymore even though you know that you mastered it when you are younger. You can even bet that your 11 year old nephew or niece can answer the question correctly and quickly than you.

All that you can feel is to become guilty and to become regretful that if only you could turn back time, you vow to pay attention on what the teacher was saying when you were younger.

Most of all, the Specialization scare is always there, which prompts you to think (and doubt your caliber too) if you are really specializing in that specific subject matter when your drill scores tells you otherwise.

I firmly believe that more than once in your review moments, you might have the notion that the Specialization part would be just a walk in the park because you studied more challenging and in-depth topics during your college years, to tell you honestly, it doesn’t work that way.

In reality, you can be classified as a proficient (or maybe an expert/seasoned practitioner) in the industry where you originally belong, but at some point in your review, you will feel like a novice in re-studying the Specialization assigned to you.

Lucky are those Bachelor’s degree holders who are assigned with a somehow related Majorship. But how about those unit earners who are assigned with a Majorship that is far from their degree because the Professional Regulation Commission – Application Division assigned it to them? Whatever might be the case, you should exert extra effort in bridging what you already know from your Bachelor’s degree to your assigned LET Specialization

In the ideal setting, the empirical know-how from the industry where you originally belong and your field of specialization should be threaded through, co-exist in harmony, and blend together perfectly (E.g. Nursing and Biological Science, Tourism and Social Science, Mass Communication and English, and the likes). Once you have settled the differences and metacognitively strategized how you will be able to look for patterns and shared essences among your Bachelor’s degree and Majorship, you will notice that you are not lagging behind (and laging behind) anymore, the tables have been turned, and the odds are ever in your favor. You will be a force to reckon with (#TopnotchBet).

Moreover, as a “unit earner/career shifter”, you might also feel an underdog as compared to your fresh graduate counterparts who are already in the academe; you will feel that they are really adept in the Education concepts just because they are already teaching. Aside from that, you will be envious to those full time reviewees who seem to have all the time in the world as they prepare for the Big Day. “Buti pa sila/kayo” would be your favorite tag line.

It is alright to feel that way, actually the reality will surprise you because believe it or not, they are also silently struggling in the pace of their review. Yours is not an isolated case. Yes, misery loves company. Keep calm, at some point during your review, you will realize that the advantage that you seek over them has always been the attributes within you: your experience, determination, wisdom, perspective, confidence, and degree of maturity in life are your leverage in this LET review journey. Fresh graduates cannot acquire all of those qualities in the span of three (3) to four (4) months of review.

If you will scrutinize the data from review centers, the trend is a lot of LET high-raters and topnotchers came from one peculiar breed: the unit earners who are eager to learn, know what they want, and know how to do it. A unique fold of LET-takers who doesn’t look at their academic shortcomings but rather focused on galvanizing their strengths.

My intention is not to make you think that you are superior over others because you are advanced in a lot of aspects in life, but rather my intention is to boost your confidence level so that you can bring out the best in you because there will be instances that you will belittle yourself and undermine your capabilities because you feel that there are a lot of blind spots and blank spots as you review.

Before I end this article, I only got one unsolicited piece of advice:

DO NOT REST ON YOUR LAURELS.

Your past achievements are yours, but it’s already over. The earliest time that this realization will cross into your mind, the better you get rid of overconfidence. In addition to that, do not instill in yourself the mindset that “Yung mahirap nga na <*insert the name of previous PRC Board Examination taken here*> naipasa ko, eto pa kaya, LET lang ‘to!”.

Yes, you might be a PRC Board Examination veteran (No, not the second or third taker but rather a holder of multiple PRC licenses) or you might already have a Master’s or a Doctorate degree under your sleeves prior to this LET journey, but still, the surefire formula of combined discipline, maturity, and hardwork during your previous feats are the same key ingredients that will bring you to great heights, this time as a Registered Professional Teacher.

Yes, you can capitalize on your past triumphs for you to carry on but please prepare for the LET as if you are establishing your first career and raise the bar higher this time. Use it as your stepping stone as you ascend the ladder. Prepare for the LET with full of hope and enthusiasm to learn.

On the other hand, if you are here because you didn’t made it to the roll of successful examinees in the Board Examination of your original Bachelor’s degree and you decided to call it quits or if you didn’t found luck or satisfaction anymore in your previous career and your reason for taking the LET is to establish a fresh start that is full of opportunities and to redeem yourself to the society, do your best and who knows, you might even top and succeed this time around.

Always remember the immortal line of Zig Ziglar, “It’s not where you start – it’s where you finish that counts.” You traveled this far. There’s no turning back. No retreat, no surrender. Never be cowed or side tracked by uncertainties that lies ahead. Keep your eyes on the prize.

As time goes by and as you build your firsthand experiences in LET preparation, you will realize that the LET is just a formality, what really counts is the decision to heed the call of teaching, the noblest of all professions.

The author and poet, Prof. Joselito D. De Los Reyes, Ph.D. once said,

Lisensiya lang para makapagturo nang pormal ang kahulugan ng pagpasa ninyo sa exam. Pero walang sasapat na exams upang sukatin ang pagpupursigi ninyong makilahok sa digmaan laban sa kamangmangan.

It might not be as lucrative as your original Bachelor’s degree but what matters most is that you are now in the right pedestal to shape the future. You will have the license to kill, yes, to kill ignorance! You will possess the “super power” to change the world and affect eternity.

Teaching is beyond prestige. Teaching is beyond the monetary aspect that you can get from it. Just disregard the reactions of your Titos and Titas for this bold move. Some of them will never understand anyway, especially when they know that you’re already having a stellar career in your original field of endeavor and for them, teaching is just a downgrade. Shrug off those remarks and never let anyone dictate you what courses of action to take. Be proud that you will join the bandwagon of teachers soon.

If external motivation is what drives you, in a lighter note, just think that another PRC license will be coming very soon: another valid ID and discounts during the celebration of World Teacher’s Day.

In a deeper plane of thought, it’s like being the best in two worlds; <*insert your original Bachelor’s degree here*> and in the field of Teacher Education.

I wish you good luck on your LET journey. May the good Lord bless you a hundredfold. Go forth and serve your fellow men.

Be a competent, committed, and compassionate teacher. Be a teacher who conglomerates the head, heart, and hand.

Yes, you can!

Contemplate and share the fruits of your contemplation. —St. Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologiae)

About Marwin Obmerga

Marwin Elarco Obmerga, twenty-something, is a "unit earner" who specializes in Biological Science. He finished his Associate in Health Science Education diploma (2008) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (2010) at Southern Luzon State University and his Master of Arts in Nursing degree (Cum Laude/Meritus, 2013) and Teacher Certificate Program (2015) at the University of Santo Tomas.

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34 Responses to LET for non-Education Degree Holders

  1. liz alvarez 2016/02/25 at 5:04 am #

    Hi po Mr. Obmerga,
    I graduated BSN and iniisip ko po na magtake ng LET, i read this article of yours, i just want to ask you sir, which units can.you advise me na kunin po as a unit earner. Thanks po! 🙂

  2. Max Collins 2016/02/28 at 12:06 pm #

    Proud seatmate here! ?

  3. JOY 2016/04/13 at 12:58 pm #

    HELLO PO , ANO PO ANG MAJOR SA BSHRM AT MY 24 UNITS NAG EDUCATION ( BRIDGING COURSE) THANKS

  4. phine 2016/04/27 at 10:13 am #

    hello sir
    BS Information Technology student po ako at may balak po sana akong mag LET ano po maiaadvice niyo na pwede kong kunin na major…thanks po sir

    • MindGym 2016/05/10 at 2:48 pm #

      Hi Phine, you’ll get either Math or Social Studies, depending on your classes/curriculum in college which the PRC officer will evaluate.

  5. jergene carisma 2016/04/28 at 9:02 am #

    good morning po ano po major ng BS information Technology this coming LEt Sept. 25 2016. confuse kasi ako kung ano pag aaralan ko. ayoko ng MAth pero yun nakalagay sa computer Science. may pagkakaiba naman kasi IT at comp sci. thanks

    • MindGym 2016/05/10 at 2:43 pm #

      Hi Jergene, if it’s BS IT, PRC will evaluate your Specialization based on your curriculum and classes in college. It’ll either be Math or Social Studies for this batch.

  6. rochelle 2016/05/16 at 10:49 am #

    hi im an AB Communication Arts grad.. what is my specialization po?

  7. Glytutay 2016/05/22 at 3:20 am #

    Hi, sir! I have a degree in Business Ad and some units in teaching. However, PRC had listed Social Studies as the specialization for Business graduates.
    Frankly speaking, I really want to take the LET – English. Pls tell me how, or if I should study again. Thanks so much! 🙂

    • MindGym 2016/05/24 at 6:21 pm #

      Yes, you’ll receive Social Studies as your LET Specialization. Those who finished undergrad courses that are English or communication-related are usually the ones who are assigned to English.

      However if you want to really teach English, you can check with the school you plan to work in if it’s okay with them that you don’t have English Specialization. Not all schools strictly follow the “LET Specialization is the subject you’ll teach” rule (though this is the common tradition in public schools) 🙂

  8. Angel 2016/05/24 at 1:10 pm #

    What will be my major if I earned BS Accountancy?

    • MindGym 2016/05/24 at 6:00 pm #

      You’ll get Social Studies.

      • MArk 2016/05/31 at 3:20 pm #

        How can i relate social studies to accounting?
        Ang layo ng Accounting tapos Social Studies…
        Why not math?

        • MindGym 2016/06/01 at 9:19 pm #

          PRC included the Accountancy degree to the “business-related” course cluster, thus Social Studies.

          You may request at PRC to re-evaluate your units if you prefer one Specialization over another.

  9. Angel 2016/05/24 at 7:55 pm #

    Sir, I wanted to specialize on Mathematics.
    Is there a way for me to qualify?

    • MindGym 2016/06/01 at 9:40 pm #

      Hi Angel, what’s your undergrad degree? If you took up a Math-related, computer science, or engineering courses, chances are you’ll get the Math LET Specialization.

  10. jr 2016/05/25 at 10:57 am #

    anu po ulit pag HRM ang natapus ko tas nag unit earner anung specialization ko po? salamat

    • MindGym 2016/06/01 at 9:39 pm #

      BS HR(I)M = Social Studies

      Business- and management-related courses are usually assigned with Social Studies.

  11. Manel 2016/05/26 at 5:01 pm #

    Sir, I’m a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Management, major in Industrial Management…

    • MindGym 2016/06/01 at 9:35 pm #

      Business- and management-related courses are usually assigned with Social Studies. If you took more Math-units however, then Math.

  12. julie 2016/05/27 at 9:18 am #

    sir my majoy is Library science and have 18 units what would be possible specialization? if PRC assign me english then i take,,then when i applied i want social studies,,would it be warrant?

    • MindGym 2016/06/01 at 9:33 pm #

      Hi Julie! I think you can choose Social Studies, since English is what’s commonly assigned to Communication-related courses (and yours is not). You may request this at PRC and tell them to re-evaluate your units if you prefer a different LET Specialization.

  13. Maricris 2016/05/27 at 3:49 pm #

    hello po i am a graduate of BSBA major in Financial management, i have my earning units i want to take the let on Sept. 2016. What will be my major?

    • MindGym 2016/06/01 at 9:23 pm #

      Hi Maricris! Business administration is assigned with Social Studies.

  14. emilyn 2016/05/28 at 8:27 pm #

    hello sir i had earned a degree of BS agricultural business.. what is my specialization?

    • MindGym 2016/06/01 at 9:42 pm #

      BS Agricultural Business may be assigned with Agriculture & Fisheries OR TLE. PRC will base this on the units of your undergraduate degree program.

  15. -Gold 2016/06/01 at 8:48 am #

    Thank you!

  16. formon 2016/06/01 at 6:21 pm #

    hI! I graduated Civil Engineering. What would be my major? Thanks po

    • MindGym 2016/06/01 at 9:17 pm #

      Engineering-related courses are assigned with Mathematics 🙂

  17. xiame 2016/06/06 at 10:43 am #

    what would be my major if i earned AB Broadcasting?

    thanks 🙂

    • MindGym 2016/06/08 at 10:59 pm #

      Communication-related courses are assigned with English, Xiame.

  18. Mailyn 2017/05/23 at 4:58 pm #

    Unit earner here.Wow! you’re giving me an inspiring thoughts. Thank you.

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