NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Course Descriptions

Financial Foundations for Educators

HDFS 2000

This course is designed for K-12 educators who teach personal finance topics to students. The course is a content-driven professional development that intends to build a teacher’s confidence in the classroom by extending knowledge and applying that knowledge to the classroom. In addition to content delivery, resources for use in classrooms (mainly middle and high school) will be introduced.

The course is divided into seven modules. Each module is designed to meet specific learning objectives for those who enroll. To assist in learning and build community between participants, each module will include an instruction guide, video lectures, discussion, and reflection.


After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Consider how economic trends impact personal finances
  • Develop strategies to manage finances and protect from potential financial catastrophe
  • Explore ways to build wealth through saving and investing
  • Assess how a career plan impacts earning power and lifestyle
  • Appraise options regarding payroll withholdings and benefits
  • Compare and contrast financial services and products
  • Protect against identity fraud
  • Explore strategies to use credit and manage debt
  • Devise plans to minimize financial risk

"The firms that can transfer to my high school classes were excellent. I enjoyed reading and exchanging thoughts with other educators."

"The information was very up to date and useful."

"Lots of good information for personal finance."

"Class was very informative."


There is no required text for this course. All reading materials will be provided within the course.