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Vision & Mission



Vision & 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)

Center of Excellence (Elementary Education, Secondary Education)

Level IV Reaccredited Status (Bachelor of Elementary Education | Bachelor of Secondary Education | Bachelor of Science in Food Technology | Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics)
Level II Accredited Status (Bachelor of Library and Information Science)

Our Initiatives

Our Initiatives

The seamless and meaningful trifurcation of instruction, research, and community engagement is a mark of an excellent University. The University of Santo Tomas College of Education (UST CoE) puts a premium on these three through the following project initiatives.

EXCEED: Excellence in Curriculum and Educational Delivery

As a Center of Excellence in Teacher Education, the UST CoE relentlessly pursues the enhancement of its curriculum and educational delivery. The rapidly changing educational landscape brought about by technology and research breakthroughs in the field of education, as well as the demands of industry for new skills among our graduates, provide the impetus for UST CoE to respond to the urgent call to integrate theory, practice, pedagogy, and technology (Chen, 2023) in the areas of curriculum design and development, educational delivery and assessment.

EXCEL: Excellence in Community Engagement and Linkages

Community engagement is an expression of the UST CoE’s commitment to social transformation. Engagements with several partner communities are directed towards sustainable community building and empowerment of human persons, especially those who are marginalized and vulnerable.

The UST CoE forges functional partnerships with local and international higher education institutions and relevant industries for student and academic staff exchange, academic symposia and research conferences, and research collaborations. This mutually enriching practice provides a pathway for UST CoE to achieve its internationalization goals and strengthen industry partnerships.

EXERT: Excellence in Education Research and Training

Research at the UST CoE provides opportunities for its academic staff and students to scrutinize reality with the methods proper to their disciplines, contribute to the treasury of human knowledge” (ECE 15) and advance the common good. As a center for teacher training and formation, the UST CoE provides research-driven, relevant training to professional organizations, school systems and other interested parties, a testament to its avowed commitment to sharing its expertise in educational research, educational technology, pedagogy, and professional ethics.


Student Organizations

Patron Saint


Student Organizations

College of Education Student Council

Pedagogue: League of Future Educators

Student Teachers’ Association of the University of Santo Tomas

Elementary Education Society

Guild of Thomasian Speducators

Philippine Association of Nutritionists – Omega Chapter

Philippine Association of Food Technologists – Epsilon Chapter

Library and Information Science Students’ Association

UST Red Cross Youth Council – Education Unit

Pax Romana – Education Unit

Education Courier


Patron Saint


(1556-1648), priest                   

Patron of the UST College of Education and the UST Education High School

Feast Day: August 25

Born in 1556, Joseph grew up in a wealthy family from Aragon. He earned degrees in canon law and theology, and was ordained priest in 1583. When he went to Rome, his heart was moved by the vice and ignorance of the children of the poor. He put aside his career because of his deep concern for their education. He and his companions personally provided a free school for them. The response was overwhelming that there was a constant need for larger facilities to house their effort. Soon, the institute received Papal support. The men who volunteered in this ministry was recognized in 1621 as the Order of Poor Clerics Regular of the Mother of God of the Pious Schools (Piarists). Not long after, Joseph was appointed superior for life.

Prejudices and political ambition caused the institute much turmoil. Joseph’s pedagogical idea of educating every child, his schools for the poor, his support of the heliocentric sciences of Galileo Galilei and his service towards the youth all aroused the opposition of many among the governing classes in society and the ecclesiastical hierarchy. Repeatedly investigated by papal commissions, the Piarists were suppressed. But he never lost hope that one day his religious order would be restored and the poor would be served again through it. Joseph died in 1648 and the Piarists were restored years after. He was beatified by Pope Benedict XIV in 1748, and was canonized by Pope Clement XIII in 1767. Pope Pius XII declared him “Heavenly Patron of all Christian popular schools” in 1948.

Responding to the challenges of the time, St. Joseph Calasanz underscored the importance of the education of the youth. Inspired by their patron, the UST College of Education is engaged 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. Likewise, the Education High School commits itself to the task of participating in the evangelizing work of the Church by providing students with quality Catholic Education and by imbuing them with the virtues of truth and love. 



  • Mershman, Francis. “St. Joseph Calasanctius.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 8. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910. 19 Apr. 2021.

Zoomed In

Zoomed In

In this playlist, listen to some of the College’s academic staff and alumni as they share about their fields of expertise.


Rev. Fr. Maximo P. Gatela, O.P., PhL


Department Chaipersons and Program Coordinators

College Council

Coordinators and Supervisors

Support Staff

Support Staff

Mrs. Janet C. Mendoza

Office Secretary

Mr. Elmdale R. Nagtalon

Office Clerk

Ms. Gladys D. Male

General Clerk

Ms. Ma. Belinda N. Gedaria

Office Clerk

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

Laboratory Assistant

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.