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Education Levels/Levels of Education

Education in the United States follows a pattern similar to that in many systems. Early childhood education is followed by primary school (elementary school), middle school, secondary school (high school), and then postsecondary (tertiary) education. Postsecondary education includes non-degree programs that lead to certificates and diplomas plus six degree levels: associate, bachelor, first professional, master, advanced intermediate, and research doctorate.

Elective Course – Directed

A course that is directly related to the study major, fulfills the major’s requirements, and is counted toward the total number of credits required for graduation.

Elective Courses – Free

A course that fulfills neither General Education Requirements nor the Major Requirement, but is counted toward the total number of credits required for graduation.

Externship

Provides practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession. Compared to an internship, externships are usually brief, some lasting only a day or two. They may offer no academic credit or monetary compensation.

Enrollment

The total number of students in a program, school, training, course, or class, at several different grade levels.

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