UP Open University

Bachelor of Education Studies (BES)

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


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:

  • 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
  • Take and pass the UPOU Undergraduate Admission Test (UgAT) or the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT)
  • Complete an online DE Readiness short course administered by the UPOU Faculty of Education


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)


Communication Skills 1-prescribed

(3 units)


Communication Skills 2-prescribed

(3 units)

Comm 3

Speech Communication

(3 units)


Literature, Society, and the Individual

(3 units)


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)


Philippine History/Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas – prescribed

(3 units)


Asia and the World/Ang Asya at ang Mundo- prescribed

(3 units)


Foundations in the Behavioral Sciences

(3 units)


Foundations in the Behavioral Sciences 2

(3 units)


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)


Fundamental Concepts and Applications of Mathematics - prescribed

(3 units)


Science, Technology and Society - prescribed

(3 units)


Foundations of Natural Science 1

(3 units)


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 (3 units)

PI 100

Philippine Institutions 100

(3 units)

Life and Works of Jose Rizal


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 

(3 units)


(Prerequisites: EDS 103, EDS 106)

EDS 113

Principles and Methods of 

(3 units)

Assessment (Prerequisites: EDS 103, EDS 106, EDS 107)

EDS 151

Instructional Media Resources 

(3 units)

(Prerequisites: EDS 106, EDS 107, EDS 112)

EDS 195

Introduction to Education Research

(3 units)

EDS 198


(6 units)
(Prerequisites: All core and major courses)
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 

(3 units)


(Prerequisites: EDS 101, EDS 102

EDS 131 Foundations of Adult Education
(3 units)
(Prerequisite: EDS 103)

EDS 132

Indigenous Peoples’ Education 

(3 units)
(Prerequisite: EDS 106)

EDS 133

Madrasah Education

(3 units)


(Prerequisite: EDS 106)

EDS 136

Foundations of Distance Education

(3 units)
EDS 140 Citizenship Education and Peace Education
(3 units)
(Prerequisites: EDS 102, EDS 112)

EDS 141

Introduction to Vocational Education

(3 units)

EDS 142

Environmental Education

(3 units)
(Prerequisites: EDS 112, EDS 106, EDS 107)
EDS 143 Health Education
(3 units)
(Prerequisites: EDS 112, EDS 106, EDS 107)
EDS 111 Principles of Teaching (3 units)
EDS 121

The Reading Process 

(3 units)

(Prerequisites: EDS 103, EDS 106)

EDS 122 Teaching Mathematics
(3 units)
(Prerequisites: EDS 112, EDS 113, EDS 151)
EDS 123 Teaching Science  (3 units)
(Prerequisite: EDS 112, EDS 113, EDS 151)
EDS 180 Special Topics in Education 1
(3 units)
Teaching Multigrade Classes
SE 103 Mobilizing People and Organizations (3 units)


Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)

EDS 150 Introduction to Instructional Technology
(3 units)
(Prerequisite: EDS 112 and EDS 151)
EDS 152 Teaching with the Web  (3 units)
(Prerequisites: EDS 112, EDS 106, EDS 107)
EDS 153 Design of Educational Multimedia Materials
(3 units)
(Prerequisites: EDS 112, EDS 106, EDS 107, MMS 172, MMS 173, MMS 175, and MMS 176)
EDS 154

Assistive Learning Technologies

(3 units)
EDS 155 Game-Based Learning
(3 units)
(Prerequisites: EDS 103, EDS 112)
EDS 156 m-Learning (Mobile Learning)
(3 units)
(Prerequisites: EDS 103, EDS 112)
EDS 157 Introduction to Teaching Online  (3 units)
(Prerequisites: EDS 103, EDS 112)
EDS 158 Managing Networked Learning
(3 units)
(Prerequisite: EDS 157)
EDS 159 Instructional Project Management
(3 units)
(Prerequisite: EDS 112)

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)

Electives (6 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) and EDUC 106 (Basic Guidance)
  • Upper division 3-unit courses in other UPOU undergraduate programs


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