UP Open University

Diploma in Social Studies Education

(Revised December 13, 2012)

The revised program aims to develop practitioners and leaders who will strengthen Social Studies education.

Program Objectives

The program aims to develop social studies education practitioners who can:

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the theoretical and disciplinal foundations of social studies education;
  • Design and develop theoretically grounded and research-based curricula and instructional materials for social studies programs;
  • Organize and implement relevant, interdisciplinary, and coherent social studies programs;and
  • Assess and evaluate processes and outcomes of social studies education using a variety of tools and approaches.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized tertiary or higher education institution.
  • All students are admitted to the Diploma program. Students interested in proceeding to the MA program should complete all courses for the Diploma program with a GWA of 2.0 or better.


The Diploma program consists of 21 units of course work, as follows:

Core courses (18 units)

SSE 201 Foundations of Social Studies (3 units)
SSE 202 The Study of History and Geography (3 units)
SSE 203 The Study of Culture and Society (3 units)
SSE 204 The Study of Political and Economic Systems (3 units)
SSE 205 Instructional Planning ang Procedures in Social Studies (3 units)
SSE 206 Assessment Methods and Materials Development in Social Studies (3 units)










Elective course (3 units) to be chosen from the following:

IS 261 Contemporary International Issues and Trends (3 units)
EDUC 280 Practicum in Teaching (3 units)


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