The College of Education was founded under the direct inspiration of Rev. Fr. Silvestre Sancho, O.P., first Dean of the College, and the official direction of Rev. Fr. Manuel Arellano, O.P., Rector Magnificus of the University. During its first year, the College held classes at the old Santo Tomas edifice in Intramuros.
Laying Down the Foundation (1927-1941): Our Gift of Love
The college moved to the new UST campus in España, together with the other colleges and faculties.
The university opened the Laboratory High School of the College of Education
The College offered a new course leading to Bachelor of Science in Home Economics
The University opened a Junior Normal Department which offered a two-year course leading to an Elementary Teacher Certificate
A new laboratory School for Normal School Students was added and the Normal School was integrated into the College of Education as the Elementary Training Department.
Facing the Perils of Change (1942-1945): Our Gift of Faith
During the Pacific War
The building which was constructed for the College of Education was occupied by the 120th Military Hospital. The College temporarily occupied the Santa Catalina College in Legarda Street, some blocks away from the UST Compound.
The College reopened despite difficult circumstances.
Restructuring Delivery Services (1946-1992): Our Gift of Hope
The College which held classes in the Main Building, introduced new subjects leading to a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Because of its large number of students, the UST High School Department became independent and has been on its own since then. The Education High School was opened as a training department for Education students with Prof. Caridad Z. Sevilla as its first Principal.
The Elementary Teacher Certificate was changed to four-year course leading to Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, major in Kindergarten, Physical Education, and Pilipino.
The Bachelor of Science in Education major in Foods and Nutrition was changed to Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition.
The Education High School transferred to a small building in front of the UST Pay Hospital.
The Home Economics curriculum, was restructured to create the Institute of Nutrition, Food Science, and Home Economics.
The Education High School was transferred to the Education building for better facilities. The former site of EHS was converted to a playground and parking lot.
Dr. Lourdes J. Custodio, Dean of the College of Education, initiated the pilot classes or a personalized education program for both elementary and high school.
The College was chosen as one of the Regional Staff Development Centers (RSDC) to serve as permanent education centers for the country’s teachers of science, mathematics, social sciences, and languages in Metro Manila and Southern Luzon.
The College offered new majors in Chemistry and School Guidance and Character Education. It also pioneered vocational courses, namely: two-year course in Certificate in Practical Arts and Practical Dietetics, and one-year course in Tourism.
Fr. Antonio Gonzalez, O.P. became the first Regent of the College.
The one-year course in Tourism was changed to a two-year course leading to a Certificate in Tourism, and Hotel Restaurant Management.
The College phased out its vocational courses as well as the Institute of Nutrition. Instead, it offered a four-year programs leading to Bachelor of Science in Tourism (BST), Nutrition and Dietetics (BSND), and Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM).
The College constructed its Mini-Hotel, located at the ground floor of the building.
The hallway between the former canteen and the food laboratory was converted into the College Chapel.
Developing a Culture of Excellence (1993-2008): Our Gift of Response-ability
The Computer Laboratory was constructed to serve the needs of the BSE-Computer Technology majors.
The Education Program of the College first applied for accreditation and was given its Level I accredited status by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).
The Education program earned a Level II status. The College first launched its website.
The College constructed a Learning Resource Center (LRC) to serve the needs of IT-based curricular offerings.
The Department of Tourism and KTC Tours Inc. opened the UST-STA Travel. Aside from being a booking agent, this served as a practicum venue for Tourism students.
The Nutrition Clinic, located at the Laboratory Annex, was established to give free nutrition consultation.
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) recognized the College of Education as second in ranking among the 196 schools with 100 or more examinees in the Licensure Examination for Teachers in the secondary level.
The Elementary and High School Library, with provision for a playroom for pre-schoolers, was constructed. This replaced the formerly separate libraries of two departments.
The AB-BSE, major in social science (in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Letters) program was introduced. This double degree program was purported to give its graduates more job opportunities upon graduation.
The Department of Food Science and Nutrition was dismembered into two distinct units, namely: the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Department of Food Technology.
All programs offered by the College achieved accredited status.
The New Teacher Education Curriculum (CMO 30 s. 2004) was implemented in the First Year level.
The Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) was introduced as an offshoot of the Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Library Science.
The Departments Tourism and Hotel and Restaurant Management were separated from the College of Education and became the Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (ITHM).
The College of Education was recognized by the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Education as a Center of Training (COT) for DepEd Certificate and INSET Programs. It was also identified as a Center of Excellence (COE) in Teacher Education for a period of three years, from June 2, 2008 to June 2, 2011.
In the academic year 2008-09, the Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) and the Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) programs have been granted the Center of Excellence (COE) status the stringent evaluation of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).
Sustaining a Culture of Excellence (2008-2014): Our Gift of Integrity
The College conferred the very first graduates of BEEd Major in Special Education.
The UST-EHS (College of Education’s Laboratory High School) adopted McTighe and Wiggins Understanding by Design (UBD) framework in the instructional delivery.
The Bachelor of Elementary Education and Bachelor of Secondary Education programs of the College achieved Level III PACUCOA (Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation) accreditation. A Level II for Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and Bachelor of Science in Food Technology.
The College graduated its Quadricentennial scholars, the brain child of Fr. Ernesto M. Arceo, O.P., Rector Magnificus.
Due to the changes in the Secondary Education curriculum, the AB-BSE program ended. The last batch of the AB BSE program graduated, completing a total of six batches from year 2002.
In July 2012 board exams for nutritionists and dietitians, U.S.T. was declared as the second top-performing school with 93 out of 99 examinees who passed (93.94% passing rate). Three Thomasians made it to the Top 10 Examinees. In September 2012, U.S.T. was recognized by the Professional Regulation Commission as a top performing school in the elementary and secondary education levels. In the Elementary Level, U.S.T. was the SECOND TOP PERFORMING SCHOOL with 136 out of 138 examinees who passed the exam (98.55% overall passing rate). Likewise, U.S.T. was the NUMBER ONE SCHOOL on the list of THE TOP PERFORMING SCHOOLS in the Secondary Level with 160 out of 166 new Thomasian high school teachers (96.39% overall passing rate).
In November 2012, U.S.T. was one of the 3 top performing schools in the November 2012 Librarian Board Exams with 31 out of 38 Thomasians who passed the test (81.58% passing rate).
The Outcomes-Based Teaching-Learning Design (OBTL) was implemented in the first year level.
The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and Bachelor of Science in Food Technology achieved Level III re-accredited status.
The last batch of BSEd Major in MAPEH graduated.
The Filipino Department was absorbed by the college from the Academic Affairs.
The college signed a manifesto for teacher quality initiated by the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd).
The Elementary Education Department of the UST-COE entered into an agreement with PORTICUS, an international consultancy network, for a research project on inclusive education.
Transcending Excellence through Innovation (2015-present): Our Gift of Wisdom
The Secondary Education, Elementary Education, Nutrition & Dietetics, and Food Technology programs receive Level IV accredited status for the period June 2015-June 2020 from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation. The Food Technology program was the first to be granted such level in the National Capital Region and the Philippines.
The Library and Information Science program was declared as Center of Development by the Commission on Higher Education.
The College of Education established a strong partnership with the Metrobank Foundation – Network of Outstanding Teachers (NOTED).
Through a joint initiative, the College of Education, the UST Educational Technology Center and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) implemented the “Teacher Capacity Building Program on ICT Integration in the Classroom”. The UST Educational Technology Center served as a Resource Distribution Training Center of UNESCO-Bangkok.
UST garnered first place in the list of top performing schools in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) in both elementary level and secondary levels; and second in the Nutrition and Dietetics Board.
Through the College of Education, Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) were signed by the University of Santo Tomas and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Regional Center for Innovation Technology (SEAMEO-Innotecg) and the Universiti Sains Malaysia.
The Teacher Education program retained its Center of Excellence (COE) status for the period April 1, 2016-Dec 21, 2018 while the Library and Information Science program was declared as a Center of Development (COD) by the Commission on Higher Education (January 1, 2016 - December 21, 2018).
The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics dominated the 39th Food and Nutrition Reasearch Seminar Series Undergraduate Research Competition (2nd Place); the Pilippine Association of Nutrition (PAN) Digital Video Making Contest (1st Place) and the PAN-DELTA Chapter Inter-PAN quiz bee.
The excellent performance of the Department of Food Technology was highlighted by its consistent winning (3rd Place) in the Department of Science and Technology Food and Nutrition Research Seminar Series Undergraduate Research Competition; selection of its seven (7) students as scholars of the Department of Science and Technology Junior Level Science Scholarships; and inclusion of three FT students in the ASEAN Mobility for Students (AIMS) program for a one semester study at Mae Fah Luang University in Thailand.
The Certicate Program in Educational Technology (CPET) was piloted to a select group of sophomore students for a period of three (3) years.
Capitalizing on the recent finding of neuroscienece, the Education High School, the college's laboratory school, shifted from the Understanding by Design (UbD) to Brain Based Learning (BBL) as its instructional design. This initiative was reinforced by a conference on Neuroscience in Education in partnership with Brainfit Studio in Singapore.
In celebration of the National Teachers' Day Month and the World Teachers' Day, the College of Education partnered with the Metrobank Foundation Inc. - Network of Outstanding Teachers and Educators (MBFI-NOTED) in an International Conference on Teacher Quality at the Heart of Education Reforms and Movements, with renowned speakers from London, Malaysia, the USA, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
The Library and Information Science marked its prominence by topping the Licensure Examinations for LIS (Top 1) and bagging the 2nd Top Performing Schooll winning the National LIS Wizard Contestl inviting Mr. John Hickok, a Fullbright Scholar from the California State University in Fullerton, USA who handled two courses in Library and Information Science (LIS) from October to December 2017.
In the September 2016 Licensure Examinations for Teachers (LET), the college's Elementary Education prgram was declared as the 1st Top Performing School (97.79%) while the Secondary Education program ranked 4th in the Top Performing Schools. Three (3) Thomasians made it to the Top 10.
In the March 2017 Nutrition and Dietetics Licensure Examinations, the Nutrition and Dietetics Department affirmed its supremacy by bagging the Top Performing School posting a 100% passing rate and garnering the following individual top places (Nos. 1, 2, 8 and 10). The Department partnered with the Council of Deans of Nutrition and Dietetics for a national workshop on the standards and practice in Nutrition Care Process with invited experts from Israel and the United States.
Prof. Allan B. de Guzman, the Dean of the College was appointed for a three-year period by His Excellency President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to the 7-member Teacher Education Council which is primarily responsible for the formulation of policies that shall improve the standards and system of teacher education, plus a periodic review of said programs.
In partnership with the Embassy of the United States of America, the College of Education brings together the alumni from across the globe of the International Writing Program of the Iowa State University and some National Artists for Literature in a 3-day international conference on Education, Literatures and Creative Writing.
In its efforts to align its thinking and practice with international standards, the Teacher Education Department shall undergo the ASEAN University Network Quality Assessment at Program Level on June 26-28, 2017.