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27 Levels Of Education

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Level of education is the highest level of formal education that an individual has received or the highest degree they have earned. This is a common question on job applications whereby a brief standard answer is typically expected. The following are common levels of education.
N/A
No Formal Education
Some Elementary School
Elementary School
Some Middle School
Middle School
Some High School
Ninth Grade
Tenth Grade
Eleventh Grade
Twelfth Grade
High School Graduate
Apprenticeship
Some College
One Years College
Two Years College
Associate Degree
Three Years College
Four Years College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor's Degree with Honors
Professional Degree / First Professional Degree
Master’s Degree
Doctorate
Post-doctorate
Current Student (e.g. High School Sophomore)
List Specific Degrees Such As M.D.
If you have multiple post secondary degrees you can list them. For example, "M.Eng. and MBA."
If you are currently a student this can be indicated to show that you are still working towards degrees.
If you have an apprenticeship it may be helpful to indicate that you are also a high school graduate, if that is the case.

Levels

The following is a more structured view of the basic levels of education.
Levels of Education
Level
Overview
Way to Describe on Resume
No Formal Education
People may have no formal education due to factors such as poverty, social instability, political instability and lack of infrastructure.
N/A
No Formal Education
Primary
The first stage of formal education for children from about 5 to 11 years of age. Provides foundational learning in areas such as language, math, science and social studies.
Some Elementary School
Elementary School
Primary School
Middle School
A school between primary school and high school in some education systems. Typically covers grades 6 to 8 or 7 to 9 with students between about 11 and 14 years old.
Some Middle School
Middle School
Ninth Grade
Secondary
Covers foundational subjects and begins to offer some degree of specialization with elective courses. Students are generally aged 11 to 18 years old but this varies. Many countries offer high school equivalency exams for adults such as the GED in the United States.
Some High School
Ninth Grade
Tenth Grade
Eleventh Grade
Twelfth Grade
High School Graduate
High School Equivalency
High School Diploma
Tertiary
Any education beyond the secondary level including vocational institutes, community colleges, trade schools, apprenticeship programs, technical institutes, colleges and universities.
Apprenticeship
Some College
One Years College
Two Years College
Associate Degree
Three Years College
Four Years College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor's Degree with Honors
Graduate
University and college programs that follow an undergraduate degree. Typically awards a master's degree or graduate diploma.
At this level it is common to reference your exact degree such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Graduate Degree
Professional Degree
Master's Degree
Postgraduate
Advanced study beyond the master's level typically leading to doctoral degrees such as Ph.D. or professional degrees such as M.D.
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Post-doctorate
List specific degree such as Ph.D., Ed.D. or M.D.
Please note that in the United States the levels graduate and postgraduate are often used interchangeably to indicate any advanced degree.
Overview: Level Of Education
Type
Definition
The highest level of formal education that an individual has received or the highest degree they have earned.
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