Some of the terms and phrases used in this Advisor have particular meanings
that are specific to the Regulations, Part 541. These terms are defined here to
help you better understand how the regulations apply to specific employment situations.
As you run this Advisor you will have the opportunity to return to the glossary to review
the definitions when the terms are used.
An elementary or secondary school system, an institution of higher education or other
educational institution. Sections 3(v) and 3(w) of the FLSA define elementary and
secondary schools as those day or residential schools that provide elementary or
secondary education, as determined under state law. Under the laws of most states,
such education includes the curriculums in grades 1 through 12; under many it
includes also the introductory programs in kindergarten. Such education in some
states may also include nursery school programs in elementary education and junior
college curriculums in secondary education. No distinction is drawn between public
and private schools, or between those operated for profit and those that are not for
Other educational establishment
The term "other educational establishment" includes special schools for mentally or physically disabled or gifted children, regardless of any classification of such schools as elementary, secondary or higher. Factors relevant in determining whether post-secondary career programs are educational institutions include whether the school is licensed by a state agency responsible for the state's educational system or accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting organization for career schools. No distinction is drawn between public and private schools, or between those operated for profit and those that are not for profit.