Who we are:
The University of Delaware (UD) Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE) seeks to prepare K–12 educators in economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship by providing dynamic, standards-based professional development and resources so that their students graduate as informed and productive citizens, contributing to their own prosperity and to the well-being of the world. In support of this mission, we offer in-service and pre-service teacher training, graduate courses, consulting services, and student events that focus on K–12 economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship content knowledge and pedagogy. Though the majority of our programs serve teachers and students in Delaware and the surrounding region, we continue to earn recognition as a national leader with a national reach in K–12 economic and personal finance education.
What we offer:
MAEEE Degree Program
It is imperative that students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively navigate the complex world in which they live. The CEEE and UD Lerner College of Business and Economics contribute to this goal by offering the Master of Arts in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators (MAEEE). The MAEEE program properly outfits teachers so that they can inspire students to become effective participants in the economy, successful entrepreneurs, responsible consumers, and wise investors. The MAEEE is specifically designed for educators who have demonstrated leadership potential. These professionals put what they are learning in the program to immediate use in their own classrooms and greater educational communities. They are equipped with both a solid foundation in economic theory and a set of strategies and methods for teaching economics, entrepreneurship, and personal finance. Not only do participating teachers benefit from CEEE resources but they are also immediately connected to a network of educators, from whom they can draw on-going inspiration and support. Our graduates are master teachers who serve as agents of change in their own regions. Some of them are influencing far-reaching educational policy; authoring curriculum that is being used locally, nationally, and internationally; and conducting research that is changing the face of related instruction throughout the world.
ECONOMICS FOR KIDS
Every year thousands of Delaware kindergarteners through third graders begin their economic education early, thanks to Economics for Kids (EFK) lessons, inspired by children’s books and easily integrated into elementary core instruction. Lessons increase in complexity with each successive year at developmentally appropriate levels. In order to give teachers the best chance to be successful in their implementation of EFK, the CEEE conducts professional development sessions each year, training teachers and providing them with complete resource kits that include interactive lessons, all lesson materials, and the books on which the lessons are based, making economic concepts both fun and accessible for young students. And it’s not just Delaware teachers and students who benefit. We have shared the EFK curriculum with economic education councils and with MAEEE alumni across the country.
KEYS TO FINANCIAL SUCCESS CURRICULUM, TRAINING, REFRESHER SEMINARS AND STUDENT COMPETITIONS
The Keys to Financial Success high school personal finance course is offered throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and reaches thousands of students every year. Research published in the International Review of Economics Education (Asarta, Hill, and Meszaros, 2014) has shown that Keys can significantly increase knowledge in personal finance, reporting an average improvement of more than 60%. Instructors new to teaching Keys assemble each summer for a week-long training, produced jointly with and conducted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Regional teachers make up most of the attendees, but the training is open to teachers nationally. Delaware students enrolled in the Keys course are invited to participate in two related events: a personal finance essay competition—produced in partnership with the Delaware Bankers Association (DBA)—and the Delaware Personal Finance Challenge (PFC).
ECONOMIC EDUCATION CONFERENCE AND TEACHER AWARD PRESENTATION
In the summer of 2019, the inaugural CEEE Economic Education Conference hosted 100 participants from Delaware and neighboring states who gathered on campus for a full day of expert speakers and workshops directly applicable to their work in the classroom. The keynote address was given by Paul Solman, PBS NewsHour. The plans for this year’s conference are currently taking shape. During the conference luncheon, the CEEE awards the Bonnie T. Meszaros Economic Educator of the Year Award, honoring a Delaware teacher who demonstrates a sustained history of commitment and contribution to economic education. The award was created and named in honor of Professor Meszaros for her 45+ years of service to the CEEE and to economic education worldwide.
What We Need:
The CEEE believes that investing in economic, entrepreneurial, and financial literacy has almost limitless potential for both individuals and communities. We seek others who see that same potential, and we welcome the partnership of like-minded organizations who want to work with us in advancing our mission.
Visit www.lerner.udel.edu/ceee for more information.
Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship
102 Alfred Lerner Hall, Newark, DE 19716
University of Delaware