Financial Literacy Academy at Champlain College offering a free nationally recognized graduate course for educators in Vermont


Contact, John Pelletier, Director, Center for Financial Literacy, Champlain College, [email protected]802-860-2744

Vermont middle and high school teachers who want to learn how to teach personal finance or brush up on their existing skills can take a free, online, asynchronous graduate-level course from July 11 through September 2.

Applications for this scholarship opportunity can be submitted at Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than May 29. The graduate course is offered by the Financial Literacy Academy of the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College.

Educators who complete the course will gain the skills and educational tools necessary to integrate personal finance into their classrooms, says John Pelletier, director of the Champlain Center.

“Vermont students should learn about personal finance from elementary school through high school,” says Pelletier. “Our state has implemented the National JumpStart Standard for K-12 Personal Finance Education, so we have a tested standard for what every Vermont student should know about personal finance in kindergarten, in 4th, 8th and 12th grades. We always need qualified personal finance teachers.

Pelletier says teachers who complete the training will have the confidence, skills and teaching tools to successfully incorporate financial literacy topics into their middle and high school classrooms. They will know how to implement the Jump$tart financial literacy standards in a stand-alone financial literacy course or in multiple content areas.

Nearly 200 Vermont educators have already taken this course, which has been recognized by the Obama White House, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the United States Department of Treasury.

Funded by the Northfield Savings Bank Foundation, the three-credit course is a continuation of Champlain Financial Literacy Academy’s nationally recognized educator training program, delivered in person from 2011 to 2019 for nearly 300 educators . It has also been the subject of two studies showing the impact of instruction (see the most recent study Prepped for Success).

Champlain College, founded in 1878, is a small, private, nonprofit college located in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience and over 60 online undergraduate and graduate programs. stackable certificates and credentials in high demand areas. Champlain’s distinctive, career-focused approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience combine to create knowledge.
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Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy is committed to improving the personal finance literacy of students and adults across our nation, so that more Americans make wise decisions about spending, credit, debt, investments, and situations. complex financial matters such as buying a home and saving for retirement. The center’s director, John Pelletier, was previously chief operating officer and chief legal officer of some of the largest asset management firms in the United States and has held national and state leadership positions related to education in personal finances.

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