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Teaching Personal Financial Literacy in the Elementary Grades

This online course will help you meet the Personal Financial Literacy requirements in the Colorado Academic Standards and state testing. 

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Sponsored by:

Held in partnership with the Colorado Statewide K-12 Personal Financial Literacy Initiative sponsored by the Colorado Office of the Attorney General

Held in partnership with the Colorado Statewide K-12 Personal Financial Literacy Initiative sponsored by the Colorado Office of the Attorney General


Instructor-Facilitated Course:

  • Instructor-paced with a logical progression

  • Approximately 5 hours per week over 6 weeks

  • Weekly online discussion among participants

  • Instructor will monitor progress and be available for questions

  • Optional two semester hours of graduate-level continuing education credit through UCCS is available, as is a letter documenting 30 contact hours.

Course Description:

This NEWLY REVISED course offers a professional development opportunity to any teacher, school or district interested in incorporating personal financial literacy (PFL) with economic reasoning into their elementary (K-5) curriculum. Teachers taking this standards-based course can expect to receive professional development in three dimensions:

  • Content from a university professor trained in PFL

  • Pedagogy and methods from elementary teachers experienced in PFL (grade bands K-2 and 3-5 separated)

  • Grade-level appropriate resources that are classroom ready (Financial Fitness for Life curriculum guide)

The course has been designed to be engaging and enlightening and will be managed by an instructor experienced in the online learning environment. Organized into six modules:

  • Course Introduction

  • Buying Goods and Services

  • Earning Income

  • Saving

  • Using Credit

  • Financial Investing/Protecting & Insuring

Credit and Time Commit:

One can opt to receive two semester credit hours (graduate level continuing professional education credit) from UCCS, $200 payable to UCCS. The standard ratio of clock time to credit has been applied. Therefore, approximately 30 total hours of contact time is expected over the duration of the course, distributed at approximately five hours per week over six weeks.

A course completion certificate is also available from EconLitCo, documenting 30 hours of professional development contact time.

Enrollment Includes:

24/7 online access to the course portal; a flash drive containing the K-12 lessons from Financial Fitness for Life (Teacher Guides and Student Workbooks) with ready-to-go lessons to bring into your classroom (value $54.95).

Cancellation Policy:

EconLitCo must be notified of cancellation at least 10 days in advance of the class start date. If not, your $25 class fee deposit will be forfeited. Additionally, if you do not complete the course, the FFFL resource must be returned to EconLitCo or you will be charged the retail price..

Class Date:

September 30-November 10, 2019

Registration Opens:

August 19, 2019

Course Fee:

This class is $25.

Completion Stipends:

Each COLORADO teacher participant will receive a $50.00 stipend for completing and passing the course.

Questions: 

Contact the EconLitCo office at 303-752-2323 | info@econlitco.org


Facilitator Training:

Click here if you’re interested in offering this course to teachers in your state through your state Center or Council; available to out-of-state Centers and Councils only