The Diploma in Science Teaching (DST) is a post-baccalaureate degree program designed to address the need for teachers to develop the breadth and depth of content knowledge in science courses namely biology, chemistry, and physics.

Objectives

The program seeks to:

  1. Develop a strong foundation in the student’s chosen area of science and encouraging lifelong interest in this area;
  2. Develop a critical and research-based understanding of science education frameworks, models, and approaches;
  3. Develop the skills necessary to teach science effectively, including appropriate use of learning technologies;
  4. Promote habits of critical reflection on teaching and learning, and encourage active participation in communities of practice; and
  5. Develop an appreciation of the cultural significance of science and its relation to social conditions.

Mode of Instruction

All courses are delivered by Distance Education mode.

Admission Requirements

    • Who is this course for?

Basic education teachers who wish to undertake further studies and upgrade themselves.

    • Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree and preferably be teaching science in the secondary level.

Curriculum

There are 24 units of course work (9 units of core courses + 15 units of required courses for each major area) that may be completed in two years if the prescribed curriculum is followed. The core courses are common courses required of all students and considered necessary general education for students irrespective of their choice in major.

Core Courses

EDSCI 201 Foundations of Science Education 3 units
EDSCI 202 Approaches to Science Teaching

Learning theories, models of learning science, strategies for teaching science, design of learning units

3 units
EDSCI 203 Assessment in Science Education

Principles and methods of assessment in science education; assessment techniques and tools; levels of assessment in science education

3 units
Major in Biology
EDSCI 211 Principles of Biology

Organization of life, cell biology, evolution of the cell and organelles and microbiology

3 units
EDSCI 212 Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomical and physiological mechanisms of biological processes at the cellular, tissue, and organ level systems

PREREQUISITE

EDSCI 211

3 units
EDSCI 213 Principles of Ecology

PREREQUISITE

EDSCI 211

3 units
EDSCI 214 Genetics and Evolution

Biochemical, Mendelian, and population genetics of eukaryotes, and the evolutionary history of the earth

PREREQUISITE

EDSCI 211

3 units
EDSCI 219 Models and Experiments in Biology

Design and evaluation of multimedia materials, models, and laboratory and field activities; laboratory and equipment, safety, and maintenance

PREREQUISITES

EDSCI 211
EDSCI 213
EDSCI 214

3 units
Major in Chemistry
EDSCI 221 Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry I

Theories of bonding, structure, and properties of substances

3 units
EDSCI 222 Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry II

Principles and applications of thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and kinetics

PREREQUISITE

EDSCI 221

3 units
EDSCI 223 Organic and Biological Chemistry

Organic and biological chemistry with practical applications

PREREQUISITE

EDSCI 221

3 units
EDSCI 224 Chemistry and the Environment

Chemical principles and concepts in environmental processes

PREREQUISITE

EDSCI 221

3 units
EDSCI 229 Models and Experiments in Chemistry

Design and evaluation of multimedia materials, models, and laboratory and field activities; laboratory and equipment, safety, and maintenance

PREREQUISITES

EDSCI 221
EDSCI 222
EDSCI 223

CO-REQUISITE

EDSCI 224

3 units
Major in Physics
EDSCI 231 Fundamental Physics I

Fundamentals of Newtonian mechanics, energy, momentum, fluids, heat and thermodynamics

3 units
EDSCI 232 Fundamental Physics II

Electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, and optics

PREREQUISITE

EDSCI 231

3 units
EDSCI 233 Fundamental Physics III

Fundamentals of modern physics, wave mechanics, atomic structure, and special relativity

PREREQUISITE

EDSCI 232

3 units
EDSCI 234 Introductory Applied Physics

Introduction to instrumentation and environmental physics

3 units
EDSCI 239 Models and Experiments in Physics

Design and evaluation of multimedia materials, models, and laboratory and field activities; laboratory and equipment, safety, and maintenance.

PREREQUISITES

EDSCI 231
EDSCI 232
EDSCI 233

CO-REQUISITE

EDSCI 234

3 units