Learn to teach finance classes

Center for Financial Literacy
Published: 11/8/2021 5:08:19 PM

Middle and high school educators in New Hampshire interested in honing their personal finance teaching skills, or newcomers to the field, can attend a free, online, asynchronous course offered by the Financial Literacy Academy at the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College.

This graduate-level course, which has been recognized by the White House, will give New Hampshire educators who complete it the skills and curricular tools to bring personal finance into their classrooms, said John Pelletier, director of the Champlain center.

“New Hampshire requires that an economics course be taken by each student as a high school graduation requirement and further requires that this course contain some personal finance content, Pelletier said. “In addition, Next Gen Personal Finance research indicates that in New Hampshire, 9 percent of high schools require a standalone personal finance course as a graduation requirement and an additional 74 percent offer a standalone personal finance course elective. There is a clear need for more qualified personal finance experts in New Hampshire.”

The first 20 educators accepted for each of two sessions, will receive a full scholarship. The first session runs asynchronously from Jan. 17 through March 11, and the second session runs from March 14 through May 6. Application deadlines are Dec. 10 for the first session and Feb. 11 for the second.

This course, which awards participants three graduate-level credits, is a continuation of the Champlain Financial Literacy Academy’s nationally recognized educator training program conducted in-person from 2011-2019 for nearly 300 educators. A generous grant from anonymous donors and Next Gen Personal Finance has allowed the center to offer this program again.

Pelletier said that the course was recognized not only by the White House, but also the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the FDIC, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and by President Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

He noted also that the graduate course has been the subject of two studies showing the impact of the instruction. Half of the 40 scholarships will go to teachers in Vermont, and the rest to educators in New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Educators can register at ccoacademics.champlain.edu/eflacademy.

Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy is committed to improving the personal finance knowledge of our nation’s students and adults, so more Americans make sound decisions about spending, credit, debt, investments, and complex financial situations such as buying a home and saving for retirement.


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