Foundations Of Personal Finance In Education –


(3 credits)

This course provides participants with the necessary content for teaching personal financial education. Course content is aligned to state and national content standards for financial literacy. Participants learn critical decision making for financial planning, savings, investing, managing debt, career planning, retirement, and insurance as they calculate and prepare financial documents.

Note. Methods for teaching financial education are covered in EDD/537.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Broad Economic and Financial Concepts and Behavioral Economics

  • Identify economic and financial concepts and economic theories.
  • Differentiate between neo classical and behavioral economics.
  • Calculate a future value and present value.
  • Create a financial plan.
  • Prepare a financial statement.

Financial Planning, Budgeting, and Purchasing Decisions

  • Prepare a weekly, monthly, and annual budget.
  • Explain how to buy a car.
  • Explain how to select and rent an apartment.

Savings and Investing

  • Calculate rates of return.
  • Calculate compound interest.
  • Explain the risks of investing.
  • Use quantitative analytical tools to research a stock.
  • Balance a portfolio based on personal needs.

Managing Credit and Debt

  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of credit.
  • Calculate the cost of credit.

Insurance, Taxes, and Personal Bankruptcy

  • Explain how to choose automobile coverage.
  • Explain how to choose renters’ insurance.
  • Explain how to choose health insurance.
  • Identify ways to decrease tax liability.
  • Identify the ramifications of bankruptcy.


  • All objectives apply.

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