“There is no other discipline where you’ve got a partner with you all the time. The better we teach it, the better the students learn…and we teach it much better with a partner like the Virginia Council on Economic Education.” ─ Fairfax County public school teacher

Professional Development

VCEE seeks to ensure that every Virginia student is taught economics and personal finance by a well qualified teacher. With support from foundations and businesses, VCEE and its affiliated university-based Centers for Economic Education provide K-12 teachers with many opportunities for professional development. There is no charge for most programs.

Looking for engaging content that is strong, up-to-date and relevant?  Register NOW  for workshops and professional development for Elementary School teachers.


We salute K-12 teachers who invest in their own human capital to ensure they have up-to-date knowledge and comprehensive teaching strategies. Certification in economics and personal finance can be an important part of the process.

At the Elementary School Level, VCEE has three comprehensive programs to enhance teachers’ ability to teach the economics-related concepts within the History and Social Science SOL, providing a blend of content and hands-on resources.

VCEE Certified Economics Educator: K-3 requires:

  1. Elementary School Institute (12 hours – full completion) Designed to strengthen understanding of how basic economic concepts apply to foundational decision-making for students. Provides classroom resources, including those linked to children’s literature both classic and new.
  2. Economics test – passing grade

VCEE Certified Economics Educator: K-5 requires:

  1. K-5 Economics and Personal Finance Online Course (22 hours – full completion) Designed to deepen understanding of all K-5 economics related SOL with a focus of applying to personal finance. Modules include: Orientation; Making Good Decisions; Producing and Earning; Savings; and Investing.  A sixth module (Using Credit) is optional,  Includes pedagogy and teaching demonstrations from experienced elementary teachers and identification of grade appropriate resources.
  2. Economics test – passing grade

VCEE Certified Economics Educator: Mini-Economy requires:

  1. Mini-Economy Institute (18-hours – full completion)  Learn how to implement an experienced-based program used to teach entrepreneurship, economics and government. Students immerse themselves in a classroom economy: applying for jobs, running businesses, paying taxes, making investments — all while mastering economics principles and getting cross-curricular exposure to math, reading and writing.  Also provided: training and resources for the Mini-Economy Portfolio Assessment, easy-to-use activities which directly assess SOL knowledge, while building toward a project goal — the creation of a flourishing classroom business.
  2. Economics test – passing grade

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Professional Development for Teachers: WorkshopsProfessional Development & Certification

Curriculum Resources: Color the Concepts, Reading Makes Cent$, State Standards & Resources

Programs for Students and TeachersMini-Economy, Stock Market GameTM, Economic Educator Awards