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Educational Institute

An educational institute is any organized place where people of different ages gain an education. These institutions provide a variety of learning environments and learning spaces.


An educational institute is an institution that is dedicated to the education of individuals. These can include any type of public school, private school, college, and university. These can also be an entity that provides instructional services to individuals or education-related services. Whether an entity is considered an educational institution is not contingent upon which public authority has responsibility for it, meaning tertiary institutions can be classified as educational institutions regardless of which ministry or authority has responsibility for them.

Educational institutions tend to provide learning spaces and learning environments, and they include the building and the activities that occur in those buildings. These institutions typically have one education head, often referred to as a principal. An educational institution has other personnel, teaching, and non-teaching, that are there to help and give service to the organization, and each tends to have different responsibilities and tasks to maintain the educational institution.

Institution by country

With different countries having varying educational philosophies, each country may have different allowances for educational institutions and various definitions of the types of educational institutions. For example, in Japan, school is not compulsory, but 98 percent of the country enrolls, with the country's education focused on producing good citizens. Whereas the Chinese education system emphasizes memorization and rote learning. A country's political makeup will also change the types of educational institutions a country may have. For example, if a country offers free, mandatory public education, ideally all schools will be similar in their organization and impact, negating the need for private schools and even suggesting that religious schools would not be necessary. Compared with a country that does not necessarily have mandatory school and charges tuition per student to access education may have institutions ranked based on their impact on students and the economy.

Types of educational institutions
Early childhood

Depending on the country or municipality, the level, type, and cost (or lack of) of early-childhood education will change. However, the common types of early childhood education, other than preschool, kindergarten, or nurseries, especially in the United States, include the following:

  • Montessori schools
  • Waldorf schools
  • Reggio Emilia schools
  • HighScope preschools
  • Bank Street schools
  • Parent co-ops
Primary and secondary education

As noted above, the types and varieties of schools will depend on the country or even the educational municipality and their decisions around the composition of the educational pipeline and the necessary institutions. For example, one municipality may decide to have a primary school (grades one to eight) feed into a secondary school (grades nine to twelve); another municipality may have a separate structure, in which primary school (grades one to six) is followed by middle school (grades seven to nine) followed by secondary school (grades ten to twelve). This would broadly include the following educational institutes:

  • Elementary school
  • Primary school
  • Middle school
  • Comprehensive school
  • Secondary school
  • High school
  • Upper school
  • Independent school
  • Academy
  • University-preparatory school
  • Boarding school
  • Gymnasium
  • Hauptschule
  • Realschule
  • Charter school
  • Private school
  • Magnet school
  • Language immersion school
  • Private special education school
  • Parochial school
  • Religious school
Further and higher education

As with early childhood and primary and secondary educational institutions, the type of further and higher education institutions depend on the makeup of a country (for example, one country may make a delineation between college and university, while another may make it between technical schools and colleges and universities), and the types of education found in a country can also depend on the demand from the larger market. The following are common types of higher education:

  • Public universities
  • Private universities
  • Ivy League universities
  • Technical schools
  • Liberal arts colleges
  • Community colleges
  • Research university institutes
  • Doctoral colleges
  • Vocational training
  • Advanced artistic education
  • Advanced plastic arts and design professional studies
  • Advanced vocational education in sports
  • Institutes of technology
  • Tribal schools
  • MIlitary colleges
  • Religiously affiliated schools
  • Women's only colleges
  • Gurukula
  • Career college
  • Junior college
  • Madrasah
  • Residential college
  • Sixth form college
  • Graduate school
  • Polytechnic
  • Corporate university
  • International University
  • Jamiah
  • Nizamiyya
  • Yeshiva
  • Seminary


Further Resources


Educational institution | Concepts | Statistics Finland


Educational institution Definition: 2k Samples | Law Insider


The different types of educational institutions

DegreeChoices Staff


November 24, 2021

Types of higher education institutions - Eurydice - European Commission


October 10, 2017


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