Education Degree for a Lifetime

By: Sandra Stammberger


Education is the process of learning and gaining information and skills. It is the process of transmitting or transferring or sharing of ideas and knowledge from generation to the next.

Education is progressive by nature. It is never-ending and infinite.

The concept of education is constantly changing. If education of the past can be compared in the present education, big differences can be noted. In the past education is simply learning general knowledge and skills. Today, education is not just learning general knowledge and skills, it entails selection of career or degree a person wants to pursue. This is because of the situation or setting of today that the world dictates.

The world today dictates specialization. It dictates the pursuance of different careers.

In order to have a career today, you need to pursue and finish an education degree. Pursuance of education degree today is a matter of personal choice not like in the past where the society is the one that determine the education degree to pursue.

Education degree is any of a wide range of awards made by institutions of higher education such as universities and colleges, normally as the result of successfully completing a program of study.

Education degree can also be defined as a title bestowed upon a student on the fulfillment of certain requirements or as an honor to an eminent person.

Originally, there were only a few types of degrees offered. Today, different academic institutions grant approximately one thousand five hundred types of degrees.

There are six categories of education degree: associateís degree, bachelorís degree, doctoral degree, foundation degree, law degree and masterís degree.

Associate degree is a degree awarded by community colleges, junior colleges and some bachelorís degree-granting colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study equivalent to the first two years in a four-year college or university. It is the lowest in the hierarchy of academic degrees offered.

A bachelorís degree is usually an undergraduate education degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three or four years. Today, the most common undergraduate degrees given are the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.).

The doctorate degree is an education degree of the highest level. Traditionally, the award of a doctorate implies recognition of the candidate as an equal by the university faculty under which he studied.

Foundation degree is a vocational qualification. It is similar in level to the associateís degree. Foundation degrees intend to give a foundation in a subject that enables the holder to go to employment in that field.

Law degrees are composed of degrees that focus of the study of laws, constitution and other subject regarding government and politics. Examples are Bachelor of Law, Candidate of Law, and Doctor of Law etc.

A masterís degree is an education degree usually awarded through completion of a postgraduate or graduate course of one to three years in duration.

To be in an education degree, it is necessary to comply with the requirements of different colleges and universities.

In choosing the education degree to take up, it is necessary to assess one self. Choosing an education degree is tough. A person should consider his interest and like. The capabilities should also be considered because it is very important in different careers.

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S. Stammberger is the editor of Continuing Education. Get information on online degrees, distance learning, and continuing education programs.

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