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 its testing. 


*Accredited  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 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.

There are two options for this class: Instructor-facilitated with graduate-level continuing education credit and self-directed (see below). Both are organized into six modules:

  • Course Introduction
  • Buying Goods and Services
  • Earning Income
  • Saving 
  • Using Credit
  • Financial Investing/Protecting & Insuring


Contact the CCEE office at 303-752-2323 |

Available Courses:

Different dates represent the same class offered different times. Sign up for one:

  • January 29 to March 11, 2018 (closed)
  • June 18 to July 29, 2018 - SOLD OUT (please call 303-752-2323 to be added to the wait-list)

Course Fee:

This class is FREE ($90 value); there is a $50 refundable deposit due which will be refunded upon completion of the course.

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 CCEE, 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.

Cancellation Policy:

EconLitCo must be notified of cancellation at least 10 days in advance of the class start date.  If not, your $50 refundable 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.

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.

SELF-DIRECTED: TPFLEG Elementary Online Course - 6 month online access
Please allow 3 to 5 business days for online access code delivery.

$30 per teacher

Purchase optional FFFL flashdrive:
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Self-Directed Course Option:

For those who prefer taking the course without an instructor, a self-directed professional development version is available. One can access any portion of the course and devote as much time as they choose to. There is no pace and no gatekeepers. The cost is $30 per teacher to access the website for six months.  

Strongly recommended – to purchase the lesson plan materials, Financial Fitness for Life (available from EconLitCo at a discounted rate of $39 per flash drive), which is an integral part of the lessons demonstrated throughout the course. There is no credit associated with this version of the course. A course completion certificate is available from EconLitCo contingent on the completion of three requirements within the six month window: four reflections on the teaching videos; all quizzes; and course feedback.


I liked the teaching videos and the hands on student activities that went along with each PFL concept.  I also liked the videos to help my understanding of all the basic PFL concepts that were taught and we should know if we are going to be teaching these concepts to our students.

I loved how the course was structured into financial topics.  It helped me see how I can structure my own teaching into these same topics.

I enjoyed learning about the intricacies of our financial world- from simple wants and needs to complex financial markets and investing. I feel more knowledgeable and confident to make better decisions- or ask for help!  I also enjoyed completing the modules on my own time frame- sometimes I have lots of time to dedicate, and others I just take it one piece at a time.


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