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Doctor of Philosophy in Education

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:

  • Upgrade the capabilities of Regional Science Teaching Centers (RSTC) and other teacher education institutions (TEIs); and
  • 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:

  • Have a Master’s degree in the basic sciences or in science/mathematics education;
  • 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;
  • 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
  • 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 COURSE

(6 units)   

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

(3 units)

EDSC 305

Seminar: Issues and Trends in Science and Technology Education

(3 units)

ELECTVE COURSE PER MAJOR AREA 

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 COURSES

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

(3 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

(Laboratory)

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)

COGNATES

Major in Biology education

(6 units)

Bio 223   

Plant Growth and Development

(3 units)

Microbio 221

Physiology of Microorganisms

(3 units)

Major in Chemistry education

(6 units)

Chem 240   

Advanced Biochemistry

(3 units)

Chem 250

Chemical Thermodynamics

(3 units)

Major in Mathematics education

(6 units)

Math 231     

Foundations of Mathematics

(3 units)

Math 299C 

Graduate Seminar (Probability)

(3 units)

Major in Physics education

(6 units)

Physics 206.7

Foundations of Condensed Matter 

(3 units)

Physics 209.1

Foundations of Experimental Physics

(3 units)

Comprehensive Examination

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

Dissertation (12 units)
 

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