WHAT WE DO:
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis works to increase the quantity and enhance the quality of economics, entrepreneurship, and personal finance through education and curriculum development. Education consists of credit courses, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as workshops. Center personnel research, write and publish economics and personal finance curriculum for the purpose of enhancing students' economic education experience.
WHAT WE OFFER:
Credit Course for Teacher
Economics and Personal Finance – This course is designed to help classroom teachers prepare to teach the high school personal finance course required in Missouri. This course will address issues in personal finance economics, including ways to enhance earning capacity, the wise use of credit, the development of prudent spending habits, methods of saving, risk management, and money management. We include content instruction along with strategies, methods, and lessons for teaching the content in the high school classroom.
Non Credit Workshops
Economic Literacy Conference – a day-long conference for high school teachers with personal finance and economic curricula demonstrations. Participants receive copies of the curricula for their classroom use.
Teach Children to Save Day – Teach Children to Save Day is a national event developed by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation. Along with several local banks, and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the UM-St. Louis Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education is pleased to offer the program to first-, second-, and third-grade classrooms in the St. Louis area. During the week of April 21, 2008, Nearly 300 bankers from sponsoring banks visited students in 570 classrooms. The bankers conducted a 45-minute literacy-based lesson that focuses on the topic of saving.
Missouri Personal Finance Challenge – The purpose of the Missouri Personal Finance Challenge is to honor teachers and students in grades 9-12 who have demonstrated excellence in mastery of the curricular materials that are part of the required Personal Finance Course in all Missouri High Schools. The intent is to encourage high standards for achievement in these classes and to provide support and encouragement to school systems, teachers and students for their accomplishments.
The Center has written a number of publications. Descriptions are available on our website: http://www.umsl.edu/~econed/
WHAT WE NEED:
Beginning in pre-school, children are taught life skills that will guide them as successful adults. These include reading, writing and arithmetic - commonly referred to as the three "r"s. However, a skill called upon every day of adult life - personal financial responsibility - is overlooked in schools and, often times, the money management lessons acquired at home are inadequate or, worse yet, detrimental to future financial success. The Center's mission is to help teachers bring the important lessons of financial responsibility to their students. So, join us in supporting the teaching of personal finance in grades k-12 and in expanding the number of states which require a course for high school graduation.
Credit Course for Social Work Students
Family Economics and Household Development – This course is designed to provide social service professionals with an understanding of the principles of personal financial management. Case studies are used to apply course content and to develop training strategies for clients to improve household financial management. The role of financial institutions and government policies as well as their impact on low income families is also examined. In addition, students will learn about resources that can be used with their clients.
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy