40 rank Best Elementary Education Schools in the Philippines for 2019

Best Elementary Education Schools in the Philippines for 2019

The ranking of the best elementary education schools in the Philippines for 2019 has been released, which currently featured only 40 out of the 1,505 colleges and universities offering bachelor of elementary education.

The University of Southeastern Philippines-Tagum outranked the last year’s best elementary teacher education school, West Visayas State University. USEP-Tagum led the list of the best schools offering elementary education undergraduate programs this year with 92.22 percent overall score. The West Visayas State University-La Paz followed with 90.86 percent while Cebu Normal University and the University of Santo Tomas ranked third and fourth with 81.75% and 81.71% overall scores, respectively. The Mariano Marcos State University-College of Education in Laoag City landed fifth with 81.08 percent overall score. These schools are currently Centers of Excellence (COE) for teacher education as accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Rounding out the remaining five places for the first top 10 performing schools are the Central Mindanao University at 6th rank, Saint Louis University at 7th, Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology at 8th, the University of Southeastern Philippines-Davao City at 9th, and Southern Luzon State University-Lucban at 10th. Saint Louis University is presently a Center of Excellence (COE) in teacher education while Central Mindanao University and Southern Luzon State University are presently Centers of Development (COD) in teacher education. (READ: 44 rank Best Secondary Education Schools in the Philippines for 2019)

The rankings are based on the results of two regular licensure examinations this year (March and September) and the special licensure examination in August plus other factors including level of accreditation and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering undergraduate programs in elementary teacher education have the most valuable degree programs to produce batch of examinees with high licensure examination for teachers (LET) passing rates.

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the Local Pulse School Rankings, however, the weightings for the number of examinees were adjusted to reflect programs with a large disparity of the number of examinees. Details on the methodology are discussed here. Other possible factors that are possibly secondary variables in determining the best Philippine schools to study teacher education are included in the disclaimer page. Factors such as international linkages, community involvement, employer reputation, research outputs, and research citations per faculty are not part of this study. These variables are assumed to be assessed by accredited agencies such as PACUCOA, PAASCU, and AACCUP.

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To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rates of the three licensure examination for teachers (elementary level) this year, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the elementary teacher education undergraduate program as other criteria. Note that the passing rates we used this year were adjusted to 65% and above (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and a minimum of 50 examinees (similar to the PRC’s 50 minimum examinees).

Read on to see which schools made the list.

40 Best Philippine Schools with Elementary Teacher Education Undergraduate Programs for 2019
OVERALL SCORE (%)PASSEDFAILEDTOTALWeighted Ave. (PASSED) (40%)No. of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees (10%)Accreditation LevelAccr. Level Score (20%)Faculty-Student Ratio (FSR)No. of Students per FacultyFSR Score (10%)
2WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY-LA PAZ90.862804632685.89%10080COE1001:171785
3CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY81.7546024170165.62%10080COE1001:292975
4UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS81.711251714288.03%6060COE1001:151585
6CENTRAL MINDANAO UNIVERSITY76.56861510185.15%5070COD901:202075
7SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY75.601041812285.25%5040COE1001:272775
8DAVAO ORIENTAL STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY75.3128312440769.53%10080Level II601:262675
10SOUTHERN LUZON STATE UNIVERSITY-LUCBAN74.971826524773.69%8040COD901:232375
11BICOL UNIVERSITY-DARAGA74.382579935672.19%10040Level III701:242475
13ATENEO DE NAGA UNIVERSITY73.5967148182.72%4040COE1001:171785
14PHILIPPINE NORMAL UNIVERSITY-MANILA73.581083113977.69%6040COE1001:323265
15UNIVERSITY OF MINDANAO-TAGUM73.15822510776.63%5090COD901:484855
16UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN PHILIPPINES-VIGAN72.621426020270.29%7040COD901:141485
17COR JESU COLLEGE71.954695583.64%4090Level III701:242475
18SOUTHERN LUZON STATE UNIVERSITY-TIAONG68.96953412973.64%5040COD901:232375
19XAVIER UNIVERSITY (ATENEO DE CAGAYAN)68.7259319065.56%5040COE1001:161685
20BOHOL ISLAND STATE UNIVERSITY-TAGBILARAN68.02106711393.81%5040Level I501:323265
21NOTRE DAME OF MARBEL UNIVERSITY66.6245196470.31%4040COD901:181885
22FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY-MANILA66.6240195967.80%4040COE1001:262675
23CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY66.0751237468.92%4040COD901:151585
24NUEVA VIZCAYA STATE UNIVERSITY-BAYOMBONG64.98904113168.70%6040Level III701:232375
25UNIVERSITY OF BAGUIO64.5554237770.13%4040COD901:373765
26CEBU TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY-ARGAO63.271054114671.92%6040Level II601:313165
27POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MAIN63.22921410686.79%5040Candidate401:313165
28COMPOSTELA VALLEY STATE COLLEGE-MONTEVISTA BRANCH62.9366188478.57%40100Not Accredited301:242475
29BOHOL ISLAND STATE UNIVERSITY-BILAR62.3543115479.63%4040Level II601:323265
30BOHOL ISLAND STATE UNIVERSITY-CALAPE61.2353166976.81%4040Level II601:323265
31PANGASINAN STATE UNIVERSITY-URDANETA59.8369229175.83%5040Candidate401:292975
32BOHOL ISLAND STATE UNIVERSITY-CANDIJAY59.4742165872.41%4040Level II601:323265
33SAINT BRIDGET'S COLLEGE59.1736185466.67%4040Level II601:151585
34CITY COLLEGE OF CALAMBA58.3374229677.08%5040Not Accredited301:252575
35CAVITE STATE UNIVERSITY-CAVITE CITY58.0745186371.43%4040Level I501:292975
36MONKAYO COLLEGE OF ARTS, SCIENCES & TECHNOLOGY56.801014714868.24%6040Not Accredited301:252575
37COMPOSTELA VALLEY STATE COLLEGE-MAIN56.1249156476.56%4040Not Accredited301:242475
38MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-MAIGO SATELLITE54.3953237669.74%4040Not Accredited301:171785
39LIGAO COMMUNITY COLLEGE52.1750257566.67%4040Not Accredited301:252575
40POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-UNISAN50.9541216266.13%4040Not Accredited301:313165


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