44 rank Best Secondary Education Schools in the Philippines for 2019

Best Secondary Education Schools in the Philippines for 2019

The ranking of the Best Secondary Education Schools in the Philippines for 2019 has been released. Only 44 out of the 2,228 colleges and universities offering bachelor of secondary education programs made the list.

The University of Southeastern Philippines-Tagum outranked last year’s best secondary teacher education school, Philippine Normal University-Mindanao in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. USEP-Tagum led the list of the best schools offering secondary education undergraduate programs in 2019 with 89.15 percent overall score based on overall board exam performance (70%), program accreditation (20%), and faculty-student ratio (10%). The University of Santo Tomas followed with 87.75 percent while Philippine Normal University-Mindanao and the University of the Philippines-Diliman ranked third and fourth with 86.30% and 85.61% overall scores, respectively. Philippine Normal University-North Luzon in Alicia, Isabela landed fifth with 84.85 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 10 best secondary teacher education schools are the Philippine Normal University-Manila at 6th rank, Saint Louis University in Baguio City at 7th, Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) at 8th, Ateneo de Naga University at 9th, and Ateneo de Davao University at 10th. Except for the Ateneo de Davao University, these schools are also presently Centers of Excellence (COE) in teacher education. Meanwhile, Ateneo de Davao University is presently Center of Development (COD) in teacher education.

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

44 Best Philippine Schools with Secondary 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%)
2UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS87.752082823688.14%8080COE1001:151585
3PHILIPPINE NORMAL UNIVERSITY-MINDANAO86.302465430082.00%10070COE1001:323265
4UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN85.611301414490.28%6090COE1001:151585
5PHILIPPINE NORMAL UNIVERSITY-NORTH LUZON84.852864733385.88%10040COE1001:323265
6PHILIPPINE NORMAL UNIVERSITY-MANILA83.7349610159783.08%10040COE1001:323265
7SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY83.113699846779.02%10040COE1001:272775
8XAVIER UNIVERSITY (ATENEO DE CAGAYAN)82.531353917477.59%7090COE1001:161685
9ATENEO DE NAGA UNIVERSITY82.091898527468.98%9080COE1001:171785
10ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY80.991041011491.23%5080COD901:131385
11WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY-LA PAZ80.6443218261470.36%10040COE1001:171785
12UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-LOS BANOS79.659229497.87%50100Independent601:151585
13CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY79.40754327108169.75%10040COE1001:292975
14UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHEASTERN PHILIPPINES-DAVAO CITY78.3459325985269.60%100100Level III701:303065
15DAVAO DEL NORTE STATE COLLEGE76.431744421879.82%8090Level II601:292975
17PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA72.921466721368.55%80100Independent601:242475
18UNIVERSITY OF BAGUIO72.701698925865.50%9040COD901:373765
19CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY71.761225717968.16%7040COD901:151585
20UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES VISAYAS-ILOILO CITY71.725015198.04%4040Independent601:151585
21ANGELES UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION71.6667198677.91%4040COE1001:121285
22COR JESU COLLEGE71.041427221466.36%8070Level III701:242475
23BOHOL ISLAND STATE UNIVERSITY-TAGBILARAN71.0435117852966.35%10060Level II601:323265
24UNIVERSITY OF SAINT LA SALLE70.741226418665.59%7040COD901:141485
26COMPOSTELA VALLEY STATE COLLEGE-MAIN67.341856324874.60%8080Not Accredited301:242475
27PHILIPPINE NORMAL UNIVERSITY-VISAYAS67.001716924071.25%8040Level II601:323265
28DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-LIPA64.5039135275.00%4040Level III701:111185
29SAINT BRIDGET'S COLLEGE62.8050166675.76%4040Level II601:151585
30COLEGIO SAN AGUSTIN-BACOLOD CITY61.8355207573.33%4040Level II601:161685
31PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG VALENZUELA61.721162814480.56%6040Not Accredited301:242475
32CAVITE STATE UNIVERSITY-CARMONA61.1453146779.10%4040Level I501:292975
33COMPOSTELA VALLEY STATE COLLEGE-MARAGUSAN BRANCH60.681244617072.94%7040Not Accredited301:242475
34PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG PASIG60.571254717272.67%7040Not Accredited301:242475
36PANGASINAN STATE UNIVERSITY-URDANETA56.17783911766.67%5040Candidate401:292975
37COMPOSTELA VALLEY STATE COLLEGE-MONTEVISTA BRANCH56.0765269171.43%5040Not Accredited301:242475
38CHRISTIAN COLLEGES OF SOUTHEAST ASIA55.70683210068.00%5040Not Accredited301:111185
39SAN PEDRO COLLEGE-DAVAO CITY55.4237165369.81%4040Level I501:484855
40STA. TERESA COLLEGE-BATANGAS55.3939155472.22%4040Not Accredited301:161685
41CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FERNANDO-SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA54.7165248973.04%4040Not Accredited301:242475
42COLLEGE OF SCIENCES,TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS, INC54.5045156075.00%4040Not Accredited301:363665
43CAVITE STATE UNIVERSITY-IMUS54.3647237067.14%4040Candidate401:292975
44POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-TAGUIG53.8739185768.42%4040Candidate401:313165


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