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College of Education
College of Education
College of Education (1926)
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (4 years)
Bachelor of Elementary Education (4 years)
Bachelor of Science in Food Technology (4 years)
Teacher Certificate Program
Vision and Mission
Vision and Mission
An innovative college informed by competence, commitment, and compassion
Engage in the formation of authentic and mature Christian educators, food technologists, nutritionist-dietitians, and library and information professionals endowed with a sense of social responsibility and a desire for leadership in the spirit of service in their fields of specialization
Certified (Bachelor of Secondary Education | Bachelor of Elementary Education)
Faith Formation: DOSE
Deepening Opportunities for Spiritual Enhancement
This project aims to create a space for the development of spiritually led teachers and students whose dispositions are rooted on prayerful dependence on God; whose interactions with others reflect relational harmony, grace; and mercy and whose hearts are informed by compassion for others.
Filipino Culture: RACE
Revitalizing Appreciation of Culture through Education
Driven by the idea that the school is a privileged place where cultural transmission occurs, this project purports to promote a deep sense of rootedness and appreciation for the Filipino culture among the various sectors in the school community.
Health Development: DRAW
Developing Recreational Activities for Wellness
This project aims to provide the faculty and students with health promotion initiatives geared toward enhancing productivity, teamwork, morale, and effectiveness.
Student Leadership: ELATE
Enhancing Learner Agency and Trajectory in Education
This project aims to establish meaningful platforms geared toward engaging and empowering students as learners, collaborators and leaders in the field.
Faculty Development: SLOPES
Strengthening Leadership Opportunities for Excellence and Service
This project purports to provide in-house faculty with varied learning opportunities to grow professionally and advance disciplinal understanding through exposure to relevant teacher development activities that deepen and strengthen both their content and pedagogical orientations in their field of expertise. This comes in the form of short-term fellowships, exposure trips and benchmarking activities here and abroad.
Teaching Innovations for Student Advancement
This project aims to provide a fertile ground for the sharing and exchange of innovative teaching practices in various disciplines that are geared toward facilitating better and active student learning engagement.
Involving Parents in Advancing the Development of Students
This project endeavors to establish a dynamic partnership with parents in facilitating the holistic development of students as they move from on transition stage to another.
Opening Pathways for International Networking and Exchange
This project aims to strengthen existing college resources, both human and non-human through sustained and functional linkages with institutions, agencies and units here and abroad. This is managed by a coordinator for internationalization under the Office for International Relations and Programs (OIRP) of the university. This unit in the university was opened in response to the challenge of the ASEAN Economic Integration.
Strengthening Content Orientation and Understanding of Teachers
This project aims to provide support structure and mechanism to teachers, both preservice and in-service as they face the demands and expectations of the newly implemented K to 12 program in the country.
Educational Innovation: APEX
Advancing Pedagogies through Experimentation
This project aims to develop and implement new ways of teaching and instructional delivery through pilot testing of emerging pedagogies and approaches consistent with the changing classroom landscape and learner orientation.
Creating Opportunities for Research Dissemination
Operating in the principle: Every faculty and student, a researcher, this project endeavors to provide a fertile and sustaining climate that supports the conduct and dissemination of scholarly outputs to advance knowledge frontiers in the discipline, improve disciplinal practices and inform policy initiatives.
Technology Integration: ELITE
Enhancing Learning through Innovative Technologies in Education
This project initiative capitalizes on the maximum effective use of information and communications technology in advancing student learning and in addressing the ever increasing demands of various professional groups for new learning and field advancement.
Employer Engagement: BELIEF
Balancing Expectations, Leverage, Information through Employer Feedback
This project aims to establish a strong and dynamic relationship with current and future employers of students through a sustained dialogue and partnership aimed at learning from the observations, insights, musings and recommendations of schools as vital inputs for the curricular and instructional enhancement initiatives of the various programs in the college.
Community Engagement: LEAP
Lifegiving through Education in Action Platform
Capitalizing on the pivotal role and unique power of education in understanding and addressing key societal issues and concerns, this project deepens students’ curriculum-based learning with the opportunity to design meaningful service learning projects that revolve around direct, indirect, advocacy and research type of service to various sectors in society that are challenged by social problems and dilemmas.
Recognition of Excellence: REAP
Recognizing Excellence in Academic Practices
This project aims to create a platform where achievements and unique contributions of students and faculty in scholarly endeavors and engagements are recognized with a view to promoting a culture of excellence.
Promoting Alumni Communication and Exchange System
This project aims to strengthen the unique and pivotal role of the alumni in furthering the vision-mission of the college in various areas of engagement.
Information Dissemination: CLIP
Creating Link between Information and the Public
This project aims to establish a functional, relevant and up-to-date information, dissemination means that would keep both the students, faculty, alumni and the general public aware of the developments, initiatives and innovations undertaken by the programs in the college.
Strengthening Program Access, Continuity, and Equity through Scholarships
Cognizant of changing socio-economic landscape of university students vis-a-vis the potential threat of increasing number of school leavers, this project aims to democratize students’ access to college education through increased provision of alternative sources for financial assistant to underprivileged and yet deserving students to finish their program of study with the sustained and unprecedented support from the alumni, industry partners and other agencies.
College of Education Student Council
Elementary Education Society
Guild of Thomasian Speducators
Pax Romana – Education Unit
Pedagogue: League of Future Educators
Philippine Association of Food Technologists – Epsilon Chapter
Philippine Association of Nutritionists – Omega Chapter
St. Joseph of Calasanz
Assoc. Prof. Pilar I. Romero, LPT, PhD
Rev. Fr. Maximo P. Gatela, O.P., PhL
Department Chaipersons and Program Coordinators
Coordinators and Supervisors
Mrs. Janet C. Mendoza
Mr. Elmdale R. Nagtalon
Ms. Gladys D. Male
Ms. Ma. Belinda N. Gedaria
Mr. Ronald B. Balbin
Biology and Physics Laboratory Assistant
Mr. Ramon C. Bayson
Chemistry Laboratory Assistant
Mr. Jimmy Boy M. Espiritu
Computer Laboratory Technician
Mr. Louie Christian G. Naranjo
Mr. Mark Joseph L. Triviño
Food Technology Laboratory Assistant
The College of Education was founded under the direct inspiration of Rev. Fr. Silvestre Sancho, O.P., first Dean of the College, and the official direction of Rev. Fr. Manuel Arellano, O.P., Rector Magnificus of the University. During its first year, the College held classes at the old Santo Tomas edifice in Intramuros.
Laying Down the Foundation (1927-1941): Our Gift of Love
1927 The college moved to the new UST campus in España, together with the other colleges and faculties.
1928 The university opened the Laboratory High School of the College of Education
1931 The College offered a new course leading to Bachelor of Science in Home Economics
1940 The University opened a Junior Normal Department which offered a two-year course leading to an Elementary Teacher Certificate
1941 A new laboratory School for Normal School Students was added and the Normal School was integrated into the College of Education as the Elementary Training Department.
Facing the Perils of Change (1942-1945): Our Gift of Faith
During the Pacific War
The building which was constructed for the College of Education was occupied by the 120th Military Hospital. The College temporarily occupied the Santa Catalina College in Legarda Street, some blocks away from the UST Compound.
1945 The College reopened despite difficult circumstances.
Restructuring Delivery Services (1946-1992): Our Gift of Hope
1946 The College which held classes in the Main Building, introduced new subjects leading to a Bachelor of Science in Education. Because of its large number of students, the UST High School Department became independent and has been on its own since then. The Education High School was opened as a training department for Education students with Prof. Caridad Z. Sevilla as its first Principal.
1952 The Elementary Teacher Certificate was changed to four-year course leading to Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, major in Kindergarten, Physical Education, and Pilipino.
1957 The Bachelor of Science in Education major in Foods and Nutrition was changed to Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition.
1967 The Education High School transferred to a small building in front of the UST Pay Hospital.
1970 The Home Economics curriculum, was restructured to create the Institute of Nutrition, Food Science, and Home Economics. The Education High School was transferred to the Education building for better facilities. The former site of EHS was converted to a playground and parking lot. Dr. Lourdes J. Custodio, Dean of the College of Education, initiated the pilot classes or a personalized education program for both elementary and high school. The College was chosen as one of the Regional Staff Development Centers (RSDC) to serve as permanent education centers for the country’s teachers of science, mathematics, social sciences, and languages in Metro Manila and Southern Luzon.
1974 The College offered new majors in Chemistry and School Guidance and Character Education. It also pioneered vocational courses, namely: two-year course in Certificate in Practical Arts and Practical Dietetics, and one-year course in Tourism. Fr. Antonio Gonzalez, O.P. became the first Regent of the College.
1977 The one-year course in Tourism was changed to a two-year course leading to a Certificate in Tourism, and Hotel Restaurant Management.
1980 The College phased out its vocational courses as well as the Institute of Nutrition. Instead, it offered a four-year programs leading to Bachelor of Science in Tourism (BST), Nutrition and Dietetics (BSND), and Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM).
1986 The College constructed its Mini-Hotel, located at the ground floor of the building.
1992 The hallway between the former canteen and the food laboratory was converted into the College Chapel.
Developing a Culture of Excellence (1993-2008): Our Gift of Response-ability
1993 The Computer Laboratory was constructed to serve the needs of the BSE-Computer Technology majors. The Education Program of the College first applied for accreditation and was given its Level I accredited status by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).
1998 The Education program earned a Level II status. The College first launched its website.
1999 The College constructed a Learning Resource Center (LRC) to serve the needs of IT-based curricular offerings.
2000 The Department of Tourism and KTC Tours Inc. opened the UST-STA Travel. Aside from being a booking agent, this served as a practicum venue for Tourism students. The Nutrition Clinic, located at the Laboratory Annex, was established to give free nutrition consultation.
2001 The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) recognized the College of Education as second in ranking among the 196 schools with 100 or more examinees in the Licensure Examination for Teachers in the secondary level. The Elementary and High School Library, with provision for a playroom for pre-schoolers, was constructed. This replaced the formerly separate libraries of two departments.
2002 The AB-BSE, major in social science (in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Letters) program was introduced. This double degree program was purported to give its graduates more job opportunities upon graduation.
2003 The Department of Food Science and Nutrition was dismembered into two distinct units, namely: the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Department of Food Technology.
2004 All programs offered by the College achieved accredited status.
2005 The New Teacher Education Curriculum (CMO 30 s. 2004) was implemented in the First Year level.
2006 The Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) was introduced as an offshoot of the Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Library Science.
2007 The Departments Tourism and Hotel and Restaurant Management were separated from the College of Education and became the Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (ITHM).
2008 The College of Education was recognized by the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Education as a Center of Training (COT) for DepEd Certificate and INSET Programs. It was also identified as a Center of Excellence (COE) in Teacher Education for a period of three years, from June 2, 2008 to June 2, 2011.
In the academic year 2008-09, the Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) and the Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) programs have been granted the Center of Excellence (COE) status the stringent evaluation of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).
Sustaining a Culture of Excellence (2008-2014): Our Gift of Integrity
2009 The College conferred the very first graduates of BEEd Major in Special Education.
2010 The UST-EHS (College of Education’s Laboratory High School) adopted McTighe and Wiggins Understanding by Design (UBD) framework in the instructional delivery.
2011 The Bachelor of Elementary Education and Bachelor of Secondary Education programs of the College achieved Level III PACUCOA (Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation) accreditation. A Level II for Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and Bachelor of Science in Food Technology. The College graduated its Quadricentennial scholars, the brain child of Fr. Ernesto M. Arceo, O.P., Rector Magnificus. Due to the changes in the Secondary Education curriculum, the AB-BSE program ended. The last batch of the AB BSE program graduated, completing a total of six batches from year 2002.
2012 In July 2012 board exams for nutritionists and dietitians, U.S.T. was declared as the second top-performing school with 93 out of 99 examinees who passed (93.94% passing rate). Three Thomasians made it to the Top 10 Examinees. In September 2012, U.S.T. was recognized by the Professional Regulation Commission as a top performing school in the elementary and secondary education levels. In the Elementary Level, U.S.T. was the SECOND TOP PERFORMING SCHOOL with 136 out of 138 examinees who passed the exam (98.55% overall passing rate). Likewise, U.S.T. was the NUMBER ONE SCHOOL on the list of THE TOP PERFORMING SCHOOLS in the Secondary Level with 160 out of 166 new Thomasian high school teachers (96.39% overall passing rate).
In November 2012, U.S.T. was one of the 3 top performing schools in the November 2012 Librarian Board Exams with 31 out of 38 Thomasians who passed the test (81.58% passing rate).
2013 The Outcomes-Based Teaching-Learning Design (OBTL) was implemented in the first year level. The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and Bachelor of Science in Food Technology achieved Level III re-accredited status.
2014 The last batch of BSEd Major in MAPEH graduated. The Filipino Department was absorbed by the college from the Academic Affairs. The college signed a manifesto for teacher quality initiated by the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd). The Elementary Education Department of the UST-COE entered into an agreement with PORTICUS, an international consultancy network, for a research project on inclusive education.
Transcending Excellence through Innovation (2015-present): Our Gift of Wisdom
2015 The Secondary Education, Elementary Education, Nutrition & Dietetics, and Food Technology programs receive Level IV accredited status for the period June 2015-June 2020 from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation. The Food Technology program was the first to be granted such level in the National Capital Region and the Philippines.
The Library and Information Science program was declared as Center of Development by the Commission on Higher Education.
The College of Education established a strong partnership with the Metrobank Foundation – Network of Outstanding Teachers (NOTED).
Through a joint initiative, the College of Education, the UST Educational Technology Center and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) implemented the “Teacher Capacity Building Program on ICT Integration in the Classroom”. The UST Educational Technology Center served as a Resource Distribution Training Center of UNESCO-Bangkok.
UST garnered first place in the list of top performing schools in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) in both elementary level and secondary levels; and second in the Nutrition and Dietetics Board.
2016 Through the College of Education, Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) were signed by the University of Santo Tomas and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Regional Center for Innovation Technology (SEAMEO-Innotecg) and the Universiti Sains Malaysia.
The Teacher Education program retained its Center of Excellence (COE) status for the period April 1, 2016-Dec 21, 2018 while the Library and Information Science program was declared as a Center of Development (COD) by the Commission on Higher Education (January 1, 2016 – December 21, 2018).
The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics dominated the 39th Food and Nutrition Reasearch Seminar Series Undergraduate Research Competition (2nd Place); the Pilippine Association of Nutrition (PAN) Digital Video Making Contest (1st Place) and the PAN-DELTA Chapter Inter-PAN quiz bee.
The excellent performance of the Department of Food Technology was highlighted by its consistent winning (3rd Place) in the Department of Science and Technology Food and Nutrition Research Seminar Series Undergraduate Research Competition; selection of its seven (7) students as scholars of the Department of Science and Technology Junior Level Science Scholarships; and inclusion of three FT students in the ASEAN Mobility for Students (AIMS) program for a one semester study at Mae Fah Luang University in Thailand.
The Certicate Program in Educational Technology (CPET) was piloted to a select group of sophomore students for a period of three (3) years.
Capitalizing on the recent finding of neuroscienece, the Education High School, the college’s laboratory school, shifted from the Understanding by Design (UbD) to Brain Based Learning (BBL) as its instructional design. This initiative was reinforced by a conference on Neuroscience in Education in partnership with Brainfit Studio in Singapore.
In celebration of the National Teachers’ Day Month and the World Teachers’ Day, the College of Education partnered with the Metrobank Foundation Inc. – Network of Outstanding Teachers and Educators (MBFI-NOTED) in an International Conference on Teacher Quality at the Heart of Education Reforms and Movements, with renowned speakers from London, Malaysia, the USA, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
The Library and Information Science marked its prominence by topping the Licensure Examinations for LIS (Top 1) and bagging the 2nd Top Performing Schooll winning the National LIS Wizard Contestl inviting Mr. John Hickok, a Fullbright Scholar from the California State University in Fullerton, USA who handled two courses in Library and Information Science (LIS) from October to December 2017.
In the September 2016 Licensure Examinations for Teachers (LET), the college’s Elementary Education prgram was declared as the 1st Top Performing School (97.79%) while the Secondary Education program ranked 4th in the Top Performing Schools. Three (3) Thomasians made it to the Top 10.
2017 In the March 2017 Nutrition and Dietetics Licensure Examinations, the Nutrition and Dietetics Department affirmed its supremacy by bagging the Top Performing School posting a 100% passing rate and garnering the following individual top places (Nos. 1, 2, 8 and 10). The Department partnered with the Council of Deans of Nutrition and Dietetics for a national workshop on the standards and practice in Nutrition Care Process with invited experts from Israel and the United States.
Prof. Allan B. de Guzman, the Dean of the College was appointed for a three-year period by His Excellency President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to the 7-member Teacher Education Council which is primarily responsible for the formulation of policies that shall improve the standards and system of teacher education, plus a periodic review of said programs.
In partnership with the Embassy of the United States of America, the College of Education brings together the alumni from across the globe of the International Writing Program of the Iowa State University and some National Artists for Literature in a 3-day international conference on Education, Literatures and Creative Writing.
In its efforts to align its thinking and practice with international standards, the Teacher Education Department underwent the ASEAN University Network Quality Assessment at Programme Level on June 26-28, 2017. Both programs were certified by the AUN for a period of five years.
2018 Assoc. Prof. Pilar I. Romero, PhD returned to the College of Education as its Dean, following a three-year stint as the inaugural Principal of the Senior High School.