“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.

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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 Middle School Level, VCEE offers several comprehensive programs to enhance teachers’ ability to teach the economic and personal finance concepts in the required Civics & Economics course, providing a blend of content and hands-on resources.

VCEE Certified Educator: Civics and Economics requires:

  1. Civics & Economics Institute (30 hours – full completion)  – Learn to teach a balanced understanding of the foundations of government and the limited but crucial role it plays in supporting our economic system. Making choices about the best use of our limited resources is key in teaching middle school students decision-making skills. As they head into high school and post-secondary education, decisions about saving and spending, and staying in school to develop skills and knowledge that will make them productive citizens, are critical.
  2. Economics test – passing grade

VCEE Certified Educator: Entrepreneurship requires:

  1. Entrepreneurship Institute (45 hours – full completion) Rooted in performance-based learning and assessment, the lessons and activities reinforce 21st century skills while covering most of the economics learning standards in Civics & Economics and Economics & Personal Finance as well as many of the Career Investigation competencies and some personal finance learning standards.  While not all students will choose an entrepreneurship career path, all will benefit from understanding the basic economics and entrepreneurship concepts constantly at play in the world.
  2. Passing grade on the post-test.

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