The University of Batangas College of Education, formerly known as Western Philippine Colleges, has a rich history dating back to its founding on April 28, 1946. Nestled in the heart of Batangas City, it has been a stalwart in providing quality education for several decades.
In its early years, the institution offered the Elementary Teacher’s Certificate (ETC) and the Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) with Government Recognition number 36, granted in 1953. Over time, the ETC transformed into the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BSEEd) with Government Recognition number 100-1 in 1967. Simultaneously, the BSE program became the Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd).
The College introduced various specializations or majors for students, including English, Filipino, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, PEAHM (Physical Education, Arts, Health, and Music), Technology and Livelihood Education, and Library Science (for BSEd). In 2005, specializations for Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) students were updated to Content Courses, Early Childhood Education, and Special Education.
The introduction of Library Science as a standalone program in 2009 led to the creation of the Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) program. In 2018, due to program demands, BLIS was transferred to the College of Information and Computer Technology.
Recognizing the need for professional development among non-licensed teachers working in educational institutions, the College initiated the Certificate in Teaching Program (CTP) in 2009. In 2015, blended learning options were introduced for working students, while regular classes remained available for those not employed.
With the implementation of the K to 12 program and the entry of K to 12 graduates into higher education, the College adapted by offering new programs, starting in 2018. These included Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Special Needs Education, Bachelor of Physical Education, and Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education. The College has since produced educators serving the city, province, region, and beyond, with an excellent track record in board examinations.
The College of Education has continuously strived for excellence and accreditation. It applied for accreditation under the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) in 1986 and achieved Level IV 1st re-accredited status. The College has consistently upgraded faculty, facilities, and services to enhance the learning experience.
Starting in the academic year 2022-2023, the College introduced the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Alternative Learning System (PBDALS) under CMO No. 84, series of 2017. This one-year program is tailored for graduates of any 4 or 5-year degree course, aiming to meet the Department of Education’s demand for dedicated ALS educators.
The University of Batangas Teacher Education program received recognition from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a Center of Excellence in Teacher Education twice, in 2008 and 2015. This recognition is a testament to the program’s commitment to producing quality graduates who secure employment shortly after graduation and hold prominent positions in various educational institutions.
Throughout its history, the College of Education has been led by distinguished deans who guided both faculty and students towards academic excellence. Notable deans include Mr. Juan Y. Javier (1946 – 1964), Mrs. Remedios L. Cilindro (1964 – 1985), Dr. Mercedes A. Macarandang (1985 – 2011), Dr. Roel A. Asi (2011), Dr. Sofia S. Arce (2011 – 2014), and Dr. Edward E. Babasa (2014 to date).