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Highest Level of Education Completed Updated Element

Definition

The extent of formal instruction a person has received (e.g., the highest grade in school completed or its equivalent or the highest degree received).

Option Set
DescriptionDefinitionCode
No school completed No school completed is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.01043
Preschool Preschool is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.00788
Kindergarten Kindergarten is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.00805
First grade First grade is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.00790
Second grade Second grade is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.00791
Third grade Third grade is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.00792
Fourth grade Fourth grade is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.00793
Fifth grade Fifth grade is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.00794
Sixth grade Sixth grade is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.00795
Seventh grade Seventh grade is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.00796
Eighth grade Eighth grade is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.00798
Ninth grade Ninth grade is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.00799
Tenth grade Tenth grade is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.00800
Eleventh Grade Eleventh Grade is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.00801
12th grade, no diploma 12th grade, no diploma is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.01809
High school diploma High school diploma is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.01044
High school completers (e.g., certificate of attendance) High school completers (e.g., certificate of attendance) is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.02408
High school equivalency (e.g., GED) High school equivalency (e.g., GED) is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.02409
Career and Technical Education certificateCareer and Technical Education certificate is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.00819
Grade 13Grade 13 is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.00803
Some college but no degree Some college but no degree is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.01049
Formal award, certificate or diploma (less than one year) Formal award, certificate or diploma (less than one year) is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.01047
Formal award, certificate or diploma (more than or equal to one year) Formal award, certificate or diploma (more than or equal to one year) is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.01048
Associate's degree (two years or more) Associate's degree (two years or more) is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.01050
Adult education certification, endorsement, or degreeAdult education certification, endorsement, or degree is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.73063
Bachelor's (Baccalaureate) degree Bachelor's (Baccalaureate) degree is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.01051
Master's degree (e.g., M.A., M.S., M. Eng., M.Ed., M.S.W., M.B.A., M.L.S.) Master's degree (e.g., M.A., M.S., M. Eng., M.Ed., M.S.W., M.B.A., M.L.S.) is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.01054
Specialist's degree (e.g., Ed.S.) Specialist's degree (e.g., Ed.S.) is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.01055
Post-master’s certificatePost-master’s certificate is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.73081
Graduate certificate Graduate certificate is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.01052
Doctoral (Doctor's) degree Doctoral (Doctor's) degree is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.01057
First-professional degree First-professional degree is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.01053
Post-professional degree Post-professional degree is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.01056
Doctor’s degree-research/scholarshipDoctor’s degree-research/scholarship is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.73082
Doctor’s degree-professional practiceDoctor’s degree-professional practice is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.73083
Doctor’s degree-otherDoctor’s degree-other is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.73084
Doctor’s degree-research/scholarshipDoctor’s degree-research/scholarship is the extent of formal instruction a person has received.73085
OtherThe extent of formal instruction a person has received is in a category not yet defined in CEDS.09999
Related Domains, Entities and Categories

Adult Education -> AE Staff -> Credential 
Adult Education -> AE Staff -> Education 
Adult Education -> AE Student -> Academic Record 
Early Learning -> EL Staff -> Education 
Early Learning -> Parent/Guardian -> Education 
K12 -> K12 Staff -> Credential or License 
K12 -> K12 Staff -> Education 
K12 -> Parent/Guardian -> Education New Association
Postsecondary -> PS Staff -> Education New Association

Related Topics

Early Learning -> Program Quality 

CEDS Element ID

000141

Element Technical Name

HighestLevelOfEducationCompleted

Changes

Added elements to DES contexts

URL

https://ceds.ed.gov/element/000141    (Email this link)

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