Bachelor of Secondary Education

Program Overview

Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) is a four-year undergraduate program of the 2018 curriculum which aims to prepare aspiring educators who intend to teach in the secondary junior and/or senior high school basic education level. Specifically, the program aims to develop highly competent teacher-researchers who specialize in secondary education content, pedagogy, and research. BSEd is a board program which provides meaningful learning experiences all throughout its courses through student-centered learning paradigm and approaches and culminates through a practice-teaching internship. Students of the program are required to choose one area of specialization. Each area of specialization of the program focuses on developing pre-service teacher-researchers capable of delivering high quality of research-informed pedagogy in teaching English, Mathematics, or Science. Students who graduated from any Senior High School track can take the BSEd program.

Area of Specialization

Students who choose to enroll in the BSEd program are required to choose one area of teaching specialization. Available area of specialization are as follows:

  • BSEd Major in English

(2,970 hours of course work and 408 hours of field study and internship combined)

  • BSEd Major in Mathematics

(2,862 hours of course work and 408 hours of field study and internship combined)

  • BSEd Major in Science

(3,042 hours of course work and 408 hours of field study and internship combined)

Program Intended Learning Outcomes (BSEd Major in English)

On successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Use theoretical and practical understanding of language and literature to implement appropriate approaches for effective teaching and learning.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Critical thinking, Problem solving

  1. Imbue positive and healthy attitude towards English as a global language in multilingual context as it applies to the  teaching of language and literature.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Persuasive communication, Professionalism

  1. Utilize assessment as valuable tool to effectively measure learning outcomes and evaluate the effectiveness of syllabus as well as the methods and materials used to improve quality of teaching and learning.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Critical thinking, Problem solving

  1. Create relevant and innovative language and literature learning experience to increase student engagement and motivation.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Critical thinking, Problem solving, Responsible digital citizenship

  1. Employ innovative language and literature teaching approaches, methodologies and strategies using research-based findings.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Persuasive communication, Critical thinking, Problem solving

  1. Create technology-aided facilitation techniques in language learning and teaching to ensure coordinated educational experience among students.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Critical thinking, Problem solving, Responsible digital citizenship

  1. Embolden students and colleagues to lead and synthesize transformative changes in learning and teaching language and literature.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Persuasive communication, Critical thinking, Intellectual curiosity

  1. Develop and maintain English language teaching expertise through reflective teaching and research-based findings.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Critical thinking, Problem solving, Intellectual curiosity

Program Expected Learning Outcomes (BSEd Major in Mathematics)

On successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Articulate mathematical concepts and procedures in teaching and learning Mathematics.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Persuasive communication, Problem solving

  • Convey fluently and coherently mathematical concepts to various learning areas.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Persuasive communication, Problem solving, Intellectual curiosity

  • Design sound pedagogical content knowledge in delivering instruction for Mathematics’ content mastery and skill development.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Critical thinking, Problem solving, Intellectual curiosity

  • Formulate routine and non-routine mathematical and logical problems with different levels of complexity.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Critical thinking, Problem solving, Intellectual curiosity

  • Create technology-aided facilitation techniques in Mathematics learning and teaching

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Critical thinking, Problem solving, Intellectual curiosity, Responsible digital citizenship

  • Appreciate mathematics as an opportunity for creative work, moments of enlightenment, discovery and gaining insights of the world

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Intellectual curiosity, Professionalism

  • Demonstrate work efficiency and punctuality in tasks related to Mathematics education.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Problem solving, Professionalism

  • Synthesize new findings through logical reasoning in Mathematics education.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Critical thinking, Problem solving, Intellectual curiosity

Program Intended Learning Outcomes (BSEd Major in Science)

On successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Critique worldviews and perspectives on Science in the context of inter- and multi-disciplinary lenses.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Persuasive communication, Critical thinking

  • Synthesize scientific concepts and principles though relevant and reliable inquiry process.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Critical thinking, Problem solving, Intellectual curiosity

  • Create precise experimental design with reference to research-based findings.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Critical thinking, Problem solving, Intellectual curiosity

  • Navigate reliable information through appropriate technologies for scientific data and analysis.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Critical thinking, Problem solving, Intellectual curiosity, Responsible digital citizenship

  • Design relevant teaching and assessment methods relevant to learning scientific skills and attitudes.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Critical thinking, Problem solving, Intellectual curiosity, Professionalism

  • Demonstrate scientific attitudes in performing tasks as a science education teacher-researcher.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Persuasive communication, Critical thinking, Problem solving, Intellectual curiosity, Professionalism

  • Evaluate appropriate scientific attitude in the professional setting.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Critical thinking, Problem solving, Intellectual curiosity, Professionalism

  • Manifest desire to continuously pursue personal and professional development through reflective science teaching practices.

Linked to FEU Core Competencies: Intellectual curiosity, Professionalism

Career Pathways

Upon the completion of the program, graduates are qualified to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and are eligible to teach in private and public basic education secondary schools. Likewise, graduates are eligible to work in other education-related field such as teaching and education research assistants. Graduates of the program may choose to pursue Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, or other education- and area of specialization-related graduate degree programs.

Program Features

This program exhibits a holistic approach in education through the multitude of courses, learning approaches, and assessment it offers.

Program Curriculum

In the first two years of the program, General Education (GE) courses focus on developing learner’s foundation skills, like critical thinking and reflection, through facilitation of liberal education content. General Education courses constantly engage learners into critical discussion. Moreover, the GE also includes university-innovative courses, Scholarly Inquiry, College Academic Skills (CASE), and Speech Communication, which are designed to develop key college study habits, research, and academics skills of students.

On the other hand, Professional Education (Prof Ed) courses cultivate among students the foundational theories and concepts, pedagogical content knowledge, and experiential learning, relevant in learning the art and science of the teaching profession. Building from the foundation skills of general education courses, Prof Ed courses also engage students into critical discourse on issues and trends in education and thereby pave way to further discussion and research on implications to education theory, practice, and research.

Major/specialization courses of the program focus on mastering disciplinal, inter-disciplinal, and pedagogical content knowledge of the chosen area of specialization (English, Mathematics, or Science). Utilizing the interdisciplinary content of the specialized courses, and contextualizing pedagogical content knowledge of professional education courses, students of the program are able to conceptualize their teaching and learning paradigms and translate it to relevant and effective education practices in the basic education sector.

Alongside with all of these courses, the Wellness and Recreation Program (WRP), which is a unique innovative-course feature of all programs in the university, is offered every semester to ensure that not only the cognitive faculties of students are developed but as also their physical fitness and socio-emotional soundness.

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Recognizing the essentiality of knowledge generation and information navigation, the following approaches are embedded in the program to empower students on making informed choice as thinking teacher professionals in the future:

  • Student-centered learning approach. In line with the university’s teaching and learning philosophy, the program makes use of student-centered learning approaches throughout its courses to enable students to collaborate and co-construct knowledge with their teachers and classmates. This approach, which is rooted on the learning paradigm of the university, makes use of various learning activities designed to initiate cognitive engagement among students through the practice of critical, reflective, creative, and problem-solving thinking skills.
  • Interdisciplinary approach. Avoiding the pitfalls of atomistic learning and single-mindedness thinking, the program makes use of interdisciplinary approach where students are able to look into educational and societal trends and issues using different disciplinal lenses. Through learning experiences taking this approach, students are able to make sense of different perspectives and make connections between learnings on different courses.
  • Method of teaching each course of the program is informed by research. Likewise, research on different areas of education as required readings are central to the discussions made inside the classroom. Moreover, course capstone projects come in the form of research-based outputs to instill to students the habit of making research-informed choices in teaching and learning.
  • Technology-based learning approach. To promote and develop independent learning, as well as to provide flexibility in terms of learning space, selected courses of the program, in particular, four of the GE courses, utilize blended learning approach where some time allotted for the course is spent for students to attend classes virtually through the use of the university’s learning management system. Likewise, students are exposed in different technological media in attending regular face-to-face meeting for each courses of the program.

Assessment and Research

Completion of courses under the program is dependent to the accomplishment of assessment tasks negotiated by the teacher and students for the semester. As the program values student learning not only as a product but also as a process, formative assessments which are conducted during the learning process are done to monitor and give feedback to students’ works. These formative assessments lead to summative assessments which focus on evaluating student learning at the end of instructional unit and course.

Gearing away from the traditional paper and pencil tests, the program also makes use of authentic or non-traditional assessment to better exhibit learning outcomes intended for the course and the program. This authentic assessment comes in the form of creative capstone projects which serves as a culmination of all relevant learning experiences for the course. Moreover, most of these capstone projects come in the form of research-based outputs to instill to students the habit of making research-informed choices in teaching and learning.

Aside from research-based outputs as capstone projects, two courses of the program are dedicated for students to understand and do research works. The Educational Research and Research on Specialization courses focus on understanding and crafting research broadly in education and specifically in teaching the area of specialization, respectively. Both courses aim for students to produce quality research paper and enable them to understand research as a way of life in the teaching profession.

Internship

Experiential learning courses immerse students in basic education teaching through the supervision of cooperating teachers from partner schools. Field Study 1 and 2 prepare students to full time internship by allowing them to observe, participate, and assist in teaching and learning planning, implementation, and evaluation. On the last semester of the program, students engage in full time teaching internship as pre-service teachers under the mentorship of a cooperating teacher from the partner basic education school and guidance of the course facilitator. Moreover, through the pre-service student teacher exchange program, selected and screened pre-service student teachers are given the opportunity to have their practice teaching experience in schools from other Southeast Asian countries.

Award Requirements

Students need to complete a total of 408 hours of field study and internship combined and course work credit of:

Further, students need to have a minimum quality point average (QPA) of 2.20 to graduate.

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Contact Details

Far Eastern University

Institute of Education – Undergraduate Programs

Nicanor Reyes St., Sampaloc, Manila 8849-4000 local 257

  • Nicanor Reyes Street, Sampaloc, Manila
  • Tel No: +63 (2)-87777-338 (trunkline)

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