Education in the US

Education in the United States Overview. (See more detailed information at U.S. Dept. of State)

This section provides an overview of the education system in the United States, including the names of different levels, ages of typical students within thoses levels, subjects studied, expected classroom behavior, controls of the education at that level…

Primary 9 years

Elementary ages 5-14,

or Elementary School, ages 5-11 and Middle School, ages 12 – 14

Secondary, 4 years, ages 14-18

Higher Education

Associate Degree, 2 years (60 – 80 semester credit hours*)

Bachelor’s Degree, 4 years (120 – 135 semester hours)

Master’s Degree, (36 – 60 semester hours, or 1 – 2 years full time, beyond a Bachelor’s degree, with thesis or research paper)

Doctoral Degree, (Usually requires additional semester hours of class beyond those required for a Master’s degree, or 1-3 years full time attendance beyond a master’s degree, followed by preliminary examination in field, followed by dissertation and defense)

Continuing Education, all ages, all levels.

* a semester credit hour for a lecture class usually means class attendance for one hour per week for 16 weeks, for a lab class usually means more hours per week in lab for 1 semester hour of credit.