The Doctor of Philosophy in Education program is designed primarily for teacher educators, policy makers, researchers, and other educational personnel involved in science and mathematics education. The program aims to upgrade the capabilities of Regional Science Teaching Centers (RSTCs) and other Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs). There are four areas of specialization: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics Education.

The program was developed in cooperation with the College of Education of UP Diliman, De La Salle University, and Ateneo de Manila University, and with funding support from the Science Education Institute (SEI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Objectives

The program seeks to:

  1. Upgrade the capabilities of Regional Science Teaching Centers (RSTC) and other teacher education institutions (TEIs); and
  2. Produce the required number and quality of faculty in science education in the RSTCs and TEIs.

Mode of Instruction

With the exception of science courses totaling 13 units, which are taught face-to-face during the summer terms, all courses are taught in the DE mode.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  1. Have a Master's degree in the basic sciences or in science/mathematics education;
  2. Have a general weighted average of "2.0", "B" or better in the undergraduate level or "1.75" or better in the Master's level;
  3. Pass the Doctoral Admission Test in Education (DATE) which aims to assess mental aptitude, language proficiency (either in English or Filipino) and research competency; and
  4. Demonstrate qualities of, and potentials for leadership as shown in their statement of purpose, references, and other pertinent documents.

Curriculum

Students majoring in Biology Education must earn a total of 57 units, consisting of

  • Major courses (18 units)
  • Educational foundation courses (3 units)
  • Education core courses (6 units)
  • Research courses (6 units)
  • Electives (6 units)
  • Cognates (6 units)
  • and a Dissertation (12 units)

Students majoring in Chemistry Education must earn a total of 58 units, consisting of

  • Major courses (19 units)
  • Educational foundation courses (3 units)
  • Education core courses (6 units)
  • Research courses (6 units)
  • Electives (6 units)
  • Cognates (6 units)
  • and a Dissertation (12 units)

Those majoring in Physics Education and Mathematics Education must earn a total of 57 units, consisting of

  • Major courses (15 units for Math majors and 18 units for Physics majors)
  • Education core courses (6 units)
  • Research courses (6 units)
  • Educational foundation courses (3 units)
  • Electives (9 units for Math majors and 6 units for Physics majors)
  • Cognates (6 units)
  • and a Dissertation (12 units)

All students, regardless of their major or area of specialization, take the same set of research and educational foundation courses, and one elective.

Research Courses (6 units)
EDSC 341 Research Seminar in Science Education 3 units
EDRE 331 Seminar in Advanced Statistics Applied to Education 3 units
Educational Foundation Course (3 units)
EDFD 317 Selected Topics in Educational Psychology 3 units
Education Core Courses
EDSC 301 History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Education 3 units
EDSC 311 Seminar on Curriculum Design and Instruction for Science Education 3 units
Common Elective Course
EDSC 305 Seminar: Issues and Trends in Science and Technology Education 3 units
Major in Biology Education
EDSC 350 Advanced Topics in Biology for Teachers 3 units
Major in Chemistry Education
EDSC 360 Advanced Topics in Chemistry for Teachers 3 units
Major in Mathematics Education
EDSC 320 Advanced Topics in Mathematics for Teachers 3 units
PHYS 211 Foundations of Mathematical Physics 3 units
Major in Physics Education
EDSC 370 Advanced Topics in Physics for Teachers 3 units
Major in Biology Education
BIO 210 Systematic Biology 3 units
BIO 220 Chemical Physiology 3 units
BIO 240 Advanced Genetics 3 units
BIO 250 Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology 3 units
BIO 260 Advanced Ecology 3 units
BIO 237 Differentiation in Embryonic Systems 3 units
Major in Chemistry Education
CHEM 211 Systematic Inorganic Chemistry 3 units
CHEM 220 Instrumental Methods of Analysis 5 units
CHEM 230 Physical Organic Chemistry 3 units
CHEM 239 Natural Products Chemistry 3 units
CHEM 203 Environmental Chemistry 3 units
CHEM 203.1 Environmental Chemistry 2 units
Major in Physics Education
PHYS 202.1 Foundations of Classical Mechanics 3 units
PHYS 203.1 Foundations of Electromagnetism 3 units
PHYS 204.5 Foundations of Quantum Mechanics 3 units
PHYS 205 Foundation of Statistical Mechanics 3 units
PHYS 211 Mathematical Methods of Physics I 3 units
PHYS 212 Mathematical Methods of Physics II 3 units
Major in Mathematics Education
MATH 210.1 Modern Algebra I 3 units
MATH 211 Linear Algebra 3 units
MATH 226.1 Theory of Functions of a Real Variable 3 units
MATH 299A Graduate Seminar (Number Theory) 3 units
MATH 299B Graduate Seminar (Geometry) 3 units
Major in Biology education
BIO 223 Plant Growth and Development 3 units
MICROBIO 221 Physiology of Microorganisms 3 units
Major in Chemistry education
CHEM 240 Advanced Biochemistry 3 units
CHEM 250 Chemical Thermodynamics 3 units
Major in Mathematics education
MATH 231 Foundations of Mathematics 3 units
MATH 299C Graduate Seminar (Probability) 3 units
Major in Physics education
PHYSICS 206.7 Foundations of Condensed Matter 3 units
PHYSICS 209.1 Foundations of Experimental Physics 3 units

All PhD students must take and pass a comprehensive examination at the end of their course work, prior to commencing their dissertation work.

Dissertation Requirement
EDUC 400 Dissertation 12 units