The Bachelor of Education Studies (BES) program, with specializations in Alternative Education Systems (AES) and in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT), is designed to develop education professionals for various types of education work in diverse contexts.
The specialization in AES focuses on non-traditional or non-mainstream approaches to teaching and learning, including home schooling, work-based learning, distance education, open learning, community education, and non-formal education. BES AES majors will be equipped to pursue careers in:

  • Curriculum and materials development for alternative education programs
  • Teaching in the non-formal education or alternative learning sector
  • Training and human resource development
  • Education-related development work, such as the design and delivery of health education programs and environmental advocacy programs

IDT is a multidisciplinary field of study that focuses on the systematic use of technology to address educational challenges both in school-based and alternative learning environments. IDT majors will be equipped to pursue careers in:

  • Design of technology-supported education programs and curricula, including online curricula
  • Instructional systems and materials development
  • Learning network management and support
  • Teaching courses in educational media and technology

Objectives

The program as a whole aims to develop education professionals who have:

  1. A critical perspective on the role of education and the challenges faced by educational systems in a modern developing society in a global context;
  2. A strong foundation in the key concepts and disciplines of education, including philosophy, psychology, history, and social and cultural theory;
  3. Skills in the design and delivery of educational programs, including skills in instructional design, assessment and student support, curriculum development, and instructional materials development using a range of educational technologies;
  4. Skills for the systematic study of education policy and practice, including research literacy, argumentation, and the communication of educational ideas; and
  5. A holistic, integrative, reflexive, and research-based approach to learning and education, including their own education as professionals and as lifelong learners.

In addition, the specialization in AES aims to develop education professionals with:

  1. A deep appreciation of the various contexts and modalities of education and learning, including education in multicultural settings, alternative forms of education, and informal learning; and
  2. Skills in the design, delivery, and evaluation of alternative education programs.

The specialization in IDT aims to develop education professionals with:

  1. A holistic understanding of the potential benefits of technologies for education as well as the conditions necessary for technologies to be effective in educational contexts; and
  2. Skills in the design, development, use, management, and evaluation of learning resources, tools, and environments.

Mode of Instruction

All courses are taught online following the principles of guided independent study and collaborative inquiry. The teaching practicum is an internship in an educational setting to be supervised at a distance also using Web technologies.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission must:

  1. Present a valid high school diploma and transcript of records from a Department of Education (DepEd)-recognized secondary school, or an official DepEd certification of having taken and passed the ALS Accreditation and Equivalency Test for the secondary level
  2. Take and pass the UPOU Undergraduate Admission Test (UgAT) or the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT)
  3. Complete an online DE Readiness short course administered by the UPOU Faculty of Education

Curriculum

The BES program consists of 141 units of course work to be taken over 5-6 years following a trimestral schedule. The courses are classified into 45 units of General Education courses, 42 units of core courses, 45 units of major courses, and 6 units of electives.

In addition, BES students are required to take (8) units of Physical Education courses and (6) units of National Service Training Program (NSTP) courses.

NOTE: All courses below are equivalent to 3 units unless otherwise indicated

Core courses (45 units)

Arts and Humanities Domain
15 units = 6 units prescribed courses + 9 units to be chosen from the following
COMM 1

Communication Skills 1

3 units (prescribed)
COMM 2

Communication Skills 2

3 units (prescribed)
COMM 3

Speech Communication

3 units
HUM 1

Literature, Society, and the Individual

3 units
HUM 2

Art, Man, and Society

3 units
ENGLISH 157

English for the Professions

3 units
KOM 1

Kasanayan sa Komunikasyon 1

3 units
KOM 2

Kasanayan sa Komunikasyon 2

3 units
HUMA 1

Panitikan, Tao at Lipunan

3 units
Social Sciences and Philosophy
15 units = 6 units prescribed courses + 9 units to be chosen from the following
HIST 1/KAS 1

Philippine History/Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas

3 units (prescribed)
HIST 2/KAS 2

Asia and the World/Ang Asya at ang Mundo

3 units (prescribed)
SOC SCI 1

Foundations in the Behavioral Sciences

3 units
SOC SCI 2

Foundations in the Behavioral Sciences 2

3 units
PHILO 1

Philosophical Analysis

3 units
SOC SCI 13

Gender and Society

3 units
Mathematics, Science and Technology
15 units = 6 units prescribed courses + 9 units to be chosen from the following
MATH 1

Fundamental Concepts and Applications of Mathematics

3 units (prescribed)
STS

Science, Technology and Society

3 units (prescribed)
NATSCI 1

Foundations of Natural Science 1

3 units
NATSCI 2

Foundations of Natural Science 2

3 units
MATH 2

Practical Mathematics

3 units
MS 1

Oceans and Us

3 units
STS 10

Exploring Biotechnology

3 units
PI 100

Philippine Institutions 100

Life and Works of Jose Rizal

3 units
Core Courses (42 UNITS)
EDS 101

Philosophy of Education

3 units
EDS 102

Social Foundations of Education

3 units
EDS 103

Theories of Learning

3 units
EDS 106

Culture, Language, and Education

3 units
EDS 107

Gender and Education

3 units
EDS 108

Development Education

3 units
EDS 112

Principles of Instructional Design

PREREQUISITES

EDS 103
EDS 106

3 units
EDS 113

Principles and Methods of Assessment

PREREQUISITES

EDS 103
EDS 106
EDS 107

3 units
EDS 151

Instructional Media Resources

PREREQUISITES

EDS 106
EDS 107
EDS 112

3 units
EDS 195

Introduction to Education Research

3 units
EDS 198

Practicum

PREREQUISITES

All core and major courses

3 units
EDUC 101

Philippine Education System

3 units
EDUC 103

Principles and Processes in Curriculum Development

3 units
Alternative Education Systems (AES)
EDS 130

Introduction to Alternative Education Systems

PREREQUISITES

EDS 101
EDS 102

2 units
EDS 131

Foundations of Adult Education

PREREQUISITE

EDS 103

3 units
EDS 132

Indigenous Peoples' Education

PREREQUISITE

EDS 106

3 units
EDS 133

Madrasah Education

PREREQUISITE

EDS 106

3 units
EDS 136

Foundations of Distance Education

3 units
EDS 140

Citizenship Education and Peace Education

PREREQUISITES

EDS 102
EDS 112

3 units
EDS 141

Introduction to Vocational Education

3 units
EDS 142

Environmental Education

PREREQUISITES

EDS 112
EDS 106
EDS 107

3 units
EDS 143

Health Education

PREREQUISITES

EDS 112
EDS 106
EDS 107

3 units
EDS 111

Principles of Teaching

3 units
EDS 121

The Reading Process

PREREQUISITES

EDS 103
EDS 106

3 units
EDS 122

Teaching Mathematics

PREREQUISITES

EDS 112
EDS 113
EDS 151

3 units
EDS 123

Teaching Science

PREREQUISITE

EDS 112
EDS 113
EDS 151

3 units
EDS 180

Special Topics in Education 1

Teaching Multigrade Classes

3 units
SE 103

Mobilizing People and Organizations

3 units
Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)
EDS 150

Introduction to Instructional Technology

PREREQUISITE

EDS 112 and EDS 151

3 units
EDS 152

Teaching with the Web

PREREQUISITES

EDS 112
EDS 106
EDS 107

3 units
EDS 153

Design of Educational Multimedia Materials

PREREQUISITES

EDS 112
EDS 106
EDS 107
MMS 172
MMS 173
MMS 175 and MMS 176

3 units
EDS 154

Assistive Learning Technologies

3 units
EDS 155

Game-Based Learning

PREREQUISITES

EDS 103
EDS 112

3 units
EDS 156

m-Learning (Mobile Learning)

PREREQUISITES

EDS 103
EDS 112

3 units
EDS 157

Introduction to Teaching Online

PREREQUISITES

EDS 103
EDS 112

3 units
EDS 158

Managing Networked Learning

PREREQUISITE

EDS 157

3 units
EDS 159

Instructional Project Management

PREREQUISITE

EDS 112

3 units
COMP ED 2

Introduction to Web Design and Publishing

3 units
MMS 172

Audio in Multimedia

3 units
MMS 173

Photography in Multimedia

3 units
MMS 175

Videography in Multimedia

3 units
MMS 176

Animation in Multimedia

3 units
MMS 131

Introduction to Knowledge Management

3 units

Upper division 3-unit courses in another area of specialization in the BES program

Other existing undergraduate Education courses at UPOU, namely:

  • EDUC 105 (Introduction to Special Education)
  • EDUC 106 (Basic Guidance)

Upper division 3-unit courses in other UPOU undergraduate programs