What is Distance Education?

            It is the offering of educational programs designed to facilitate a learning strategy which does not depend on day-to-day contact teaching but makes best use of the potential of the students to study on their own. It provides interactive study material and decentralized learning facilities where students can seek academic and other forms of educational assistance when they need it (Daniels 1996).

            The WVSU University Distance Education Program was established in 2002 by virtue of Board of Regents (BOR) Resolution No. 118, s. 2002.  Its programs respond to the growing needs of students and professionals who desire to pursue a diploma course or a postgraduate degree but are unable to leave their homes or work stations, here or abroad, to attend regular classroom meetings.

           The UDEP aims to:

  • produce learners who are competent and equipped with the necessary skills in their respective discipline
  • develop a more flexible mode of education which caters to various needs, changing circumstances, and learning requirements
  • design and produce quality and updated course materials by utilizing state-of-the-art technology and online resources, and
  • strengthen the Distance Education organization/structure to meet the needs of learners in the local, national, and international levels

What is the delivery mode for the UDEP programs?

            The DEO gets technical support from the Management Information System (MIS) of the University and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO-INNOTECH, Philippines) for the operationalization of its site. This has become fully functional for the interactive classes; that is, tutor and students meet in live chat or video conference in pre-scheduled sessions. Teaching materials, assessment modes, and students’ output are uploaded in the website except for requirements peculiar to certain courses that need to be submitted in hard copy such as learning portfolios for practicum or field study.



Who can enroll in a Distance Education program?

            A graduate of any four-year Baccalaureate degree may apply for a program.

What are the requirements for application?

  • Applicants should take and pass a qualifying examination (online or paper-and-pencil) and interview.
  • The Office should be provided with the following:
    •  2 photocopies of Transcript of Records (TOR)
    • Honorable Dismissal
    • 4 copies of 1x1 ID pictures
    • Photocopy of Marriage Contract (for married female applicants)
    • 2 photocopies of Birth Certificate (NSO)
    • 2 pieces long white folders
  • Certificate of Employment (for students from abroad)
  • Work Permit (for students from abroad)


Programs Offered

Diploma in Teaching (DIT)

            A 30-unit accrediting program for prospective teachers in basic education that includes a semester of Student Teaching or Experiential Learning. It qualifies a graduate of any degree other than education to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).

Courses Units
The Teaching Profession 3
Facilitating Learning/Child and Adolescent Development 3
Principles of Teaching 3
Assessment of Student Learning 3
Educational Technology 3
Curriculum Development 3
Field Study 3
Student Teaching/ Experiential Learning           6
Total Number of Units 30 units


Diploma in Early Childhood Education (DECE)

            A diploma course designed to enable graduates of any bachelor’s degree course to become Early Childhood Education teachers to 3-6 year old pupils. The course will be implemented using the blended mode of delivery – the tutors will conduct both synchronous online sessions and face-to-face interaction depending on the nature of the course or subject.

Courses Units
ECE 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
ECE 108 Art and Crafts
ECE 109 Creative Dramatics
ECE 102 Psychology & Guidance of the Preschool Child
ECE 107 Music and Movement
ECE 110 Food and Nutrition
ECE 103 Teaching Communication Skills in ECE
ECE 105 Values Development in ECE
ECE 104 Teaching Science & Mathematics in ECE
ECE 106 Family Systems in Early Childhood Programs
ECE 111 Management of Early Childhood Programs  
Total Number of Units 33 Units


Master in School in Management (MSM)

            A graduate program for school administrators, managers, and school leaders who aim to enrich their skills in running an educational institution (pre-school, elementary, or high school). As a case-based program, each course is approached theoretically and with relevant application to cases in specific contexts or the nature of management performed by the students.


  • Foundation Subjects (12 units)                                               
    • Foundations of Education                                                   
    • Systems Analysis in Education                                           
    • Theories and Practices in School Management                
    • Seminar in Research                                                                              
  • Major/Specialization (21 units)
    • School Organization & Management                                              
    • Human Behavior in Education                                           
    • Human Resource Management                                         
    • School Leadership & Decision-Making                              
    • Economics of Education                                                      
    • School Laws & Legislation                                                   
    • School Evaluation & Standards                                                                                          
  • Electives (only 6 units are required)              
    • Management of Physical Resources                                               
    • Public Affairs, Community & Human Relations                
    • Organizational Communications                                        
    • Financing School Systems                                                   
    • Educational Planning & Development                                           
  • Practicum in School Management (6 Units)
    • Comprehensive Examination

Total Number of Units: 45 units


Master of Arts in Education – Language Teaching (Engish)

            This course is designed for ESL / EFL teachers to prepare and equip them with linguistic theories and application to language teaching in the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. The course covers the development of methodologies through various schools of thought and the emergence of current practices that respond to revisions in the curriculum or needs in multi-cultural language teaching contexts. The basic principles in constructing instructional materials, modules, and the like to complement teaching methodologies are also incorporated in the course.

  • Foundation Courses (9 units)
    • FND 501  Methods of Research
    • FND 502  Foundations of Education
    • FND 503  Statistics
  • Required Courses (15 units)
    • LNG 501  Descriptive Linguistics
    • LNG 502  Structure of English
    • LNG 503  Evaluation and Language Testing
    • LNG 506  Current Trends in Teaching English and Construction of Instructional Materials
    • LNG 505  Socio-Psycholinguistics
  • Elective Courses (6 units)                       
    • RDG 501  Psychology of the Reading Process        
    • LNG 510  Research Trends and Needs in English Linguistics
    • LNG 511  Diagnosis and Remediation of Language Difficulties
    • LNG 512  Contrastive Rhetoric (in lieu of Contrastive Analysis)
    • LNG 507  Study of Literary Genre
  • LNG 513  Research and Practicum (6 units)
    • Comprehensive Examination                                                                                                                                  

Total Number of Units: 42 units


Inquiries may be directed to:

Fina Felisa L. Alcudia, Ph.D.

Edgar Rey D. Faja
Administrative Staff


Contact Information:

Mailing Address: West Visayas State University
                              Center for Teaching Excellence Building
                              University Distance Education Program
                              La Paz, Iloilo City 5000

Contact Details:
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Landline: (033) 320-0877 loc. 1818
Facebook: University Distance Education Program

Other Activies

Classroom Observation in thailand

Off-shore meeting and observations in thailand

UDEP orientation for new students

UDEP graduates of 2016