Earn a Certificate in Economics or Personal Financial Literacy

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Colorado K-12 teachers with an active teaching license are eligible to earn either a Certificate in Economic Education or Personal Financial Literacy Education.  Certificates are offered jointly by Economic Literacy Colorado (EconLitCo) and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) for taking a required selection of EconLitCo classes for graduate-level credit.

Why would someone want such a certificate? A Certificate is a strong indicator to department chairs, curriculum administrators or principals that the holder is highly qualified to teach economics and/or financial literacy. It reveals that the recipient has taken the content and pedagogical coursework necessary to become masterful in the delivery of instruction. Though we do not offer these certificates in elementary education, any elementary teacher can earn a certificate; the attainment reveals a high degree of professional development at any level.

Teachers who earn either Certificate will receive a transcript entry from UCCS reflecting attainment of the certificate as well as a signed, embossed certificate suitable for framing.

In cooperation with: 

 

Economic Education    

To qualify for the Certificate teachers must complete twelve (12) credit hours distributed as follows:

  • Economics for Educators (3 credits), or FTE’s Right Start (3 credits, in the summer of 2013 and 2014), or currently the online course Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity (full course only, info at www.commonsenseeconomics.com/news/);
  •  Methods for Teaching Economics class or FTE’s Economics for Leaders residential  class (3 credits); and
  •  Six (6) total credits of elective economics classes.

 

Personal Financial Literacy Education

To qualify for the Certificate teachers must complete twelve (12) credit hours distributed as follows:

  • Economics for Educators (3 credits) or FTE’s Right Start (3 credits, in the summer of 2013 and 2014), or currently the online course Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity (full course only, info at www.commonsenseeconomics.com/news/);
  • Methods for Teaching PFL With Economic Reasoning (3 credits);
  • three (3) total credits of elective EconLitCo PFL classes; and
  • three (3) total credits of additional elective EconLitCo economic education classes.