The College of Education of the West Visayas State University is as old as the University itself. It started out as a branch of the Philippine Normal School 1902. Originally founded to be a teacher-training institution, it was then named the Iloilo Normal School.
Because of the support it got from the provincial government, it operated primarily as a provincial high school and was called the Iloilo Normal Institute. It had three departments: the normal, preparatory and commercial. In 1924, the teacher-training department became independent as the Iloilo Normal School.
By virtue of Republic Act 4189, the school became West Visayas State College in 1965. Before and after this transition, departments and colleges were also set up. Finally, it became a University in 1986 through Presidential Decree 2019.
In 1995, the Commission on Higher Education has identified the College of Education as one of the Centers of Excellence in Teacher Education in the country and has retained this eminent title up to the present.
The BEED and BSED programs of the College of Education have been awarded a Level III Re-Accredited status while the Graduate School Doctoral and the Master's programs have qualified for Level III as assessed by the Accrediting Agency of Charted Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP). It is worthy to note that the BSPED program has been given an award of merit for being the first Level III Re-Accredited Special Education Program in the Philippines .
The College of Education has never failed to produce an excellent performance in the Licensure Examination as reported by the Professional Regulations Commission. The rating of the College has been exceptionally high above the national passing percentage and the College never failed to reach the national top ten. A recent evidence of this the 2006 performance of the BEED exam takers, which when collectively taken, ranks first in the whole country, and the BSED test takers collectively ranks second.
Today, the College of Education as the flagship college of the West Visayas State University, continues to move onward as it aims to produce globally competitive life-long learners by providing instruction that is responsive and relevant, initiating and undertaking research in teacher education and allied fields, collaborating and sharing expertise with local and international entities and continuously exhibiting and nurturing a culture of excellence Thus, every member of the College of Education family is entrusted with the noble duty of upholding the virtues and practice excellence. We are all being challenged to hit the mark, to do our best and to be the best! For as William Shakespeare once wrote, “Do not be afraid of greatness. Few are born great, while others have greatness thrust upon them.”
Vision of the College of Education
The College of Education shall maintain its reputation as the "Center of Excellence for Teacher Education" in the country, specifically in the areas of elementary, secondary, special, early childhood, adult and community education. It shall provide leadership in instruction, research, and extension among teacher education institutions in the country.
Mission of the College of Education
To produce graduates in tertiary and advanced education who are dynamic, world-class and globally-competitive; possess socially acceptable values, attitudes and skills; and practice the ethics for service and for the profession.
Goals of the College of Education
- To provide instruction through a responsive and relevant curriculum in the undergraduate and graduate degrees/certificate programs that will produce effective administrators and mentors in educational learning institutions and agencies
- To initiate and utilize state-of-the-art research for regional and national development
- To develop and use the best educational practices to maintain the culture of Excellence for teacher education
For BSEd, BEEd, and BSpEd
Graduates of general and vocational secondary schools recognized by the Department of Education may be admitted to the undergraduate programs of the College, provided that they meet the following requirements:
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 85%
- Passing the WVSU College Admission Test (CAT) and the Standardized Aptitude Test for Teachers (SATT) or its equivalent
- Certificate of Good Moral Character and Integrity signed by the principal of the secondary school graduated from
- Passing the personal interview conducted by the College Admission Committee
- Passing the physical examination and submission of a Medical Certificate duly accomplished by the University Physician (This examination, scheduled in May is accomplished after the personal interview and before enrolment.)
- BPS Form or Report Card
Note: Admission of students will be based on a quota system.
For Early Childhood and Special Education Diploma Program and Certificate Credential in Early Childhood Education
- The candidate must be a high school graduate, at least 18 years of age for the certificate credential.
- Must be a four-year degree graduate for the diploma course.
- Must pay the special rate of training fee and other university fees upon enrollment.
- Must submit an accomplished application form and transcript of records.
For Diploma in Teaching Program
- Any BS degree or 4-year degree course
- Transcript of Records for appraisal
- Transfer credentials/Honorable dismissal
- Passing the interview