This map tells us the minimum level of education teachers are required to complete to teach at the lower-secondary education level.
- The minimum level of education is that which national policy requires teachers to have completed in order to instruct students at a given educational level.
- Lower secondary usually ends after 9 years of schooling following the beginning of primary education.
- Secondary education usually ends after 12 years of schooling following the beginning of primary education.
- When a country requires three years of post-secondary education, we consider this to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree for the purpose of comparability across countries.
- If no information was available on whether specialized teacher training is required, the country was coded according to the level of education required; e.g. secondary education, bachelor’s degree, or Master’s degree.
- Bachelor’s degree with specialized teacher training includes a bachelor of education or a general bachelor’s with additional teacher training.
- Master’s degree consists of a program of study that normally occurs after the successful completion of a bachelor’s degree.
- Lower secondary, secondary education, and master’s degree include countries that require a teacher to have completed no more than that level of education, whether or not they require specialized teacher training.
- Increasing training requirements for teachers is an important step for improving quality of education.