The Department of Education of the Federated States of Micronesia was established in 1979 as part of the Department of Social Services.
At the basic level, education is mandatory in Micronesia till the eighth standard. The secondary education in the state is taken care of by the five schools in the country,almost one for each island.
Higher education in the state is taken care of by the College of Micronesia which offers a number of degrees, certificates and vocational programs to the students. Vocational training in the state is also offered by the Micronesian Occupational College at Palau and the Pohnpei Agriculture and Trade School.