NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Financial Foundations for Educators

HDFS 2000




Instructor: Carrie Johnson

Grading: Letter

Monday, July 08, 2019 - Sunday, August 04, 2019

Course completion August 9, 2019

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Available Seats: 18 of 20

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $125

Course Description:

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.

About The Instructor

Carrie JohnsonCarrie Johnson

Dr. Johnson received her Ph.D. in Family & Consumer Science Education from Iowa State University; earned her M.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences from South Dakota State University, and her B.S. in English for Information Systems from Dakota State University. Dr. Johnson is an Accredited Financial Counselor and currently an Assistant Professor/Personal & Family Finance Specialist for the NDSU Extension Service.

Special Instructions:

Upon successful completion of the course, educators can receive a $50 reimbursement sponsored by the ND Securities Department by completing an application describing how you will incorporate course content into your classroom.

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