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UD’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE) has been making a difference in K-12 economic and financial education for more than 40 years.

By outfitting more than 1,000 teachers annually with high quality, grade-appropriate professional development and peer networking opportunities, the CEEE empowers educators to deliver the practical skills students need to succeed.

Through supplemental classroom instruction and experiential programs, students learn first-hand:

  • How markets work
  • How conscientious spending, saving and investing can lead to financial security
  • How innovation through entrepreneurship is a possibility for all

The CEEE, affiliated with the Delaware Council on Economic Education, also offers a unique advanced degree program. Graduates of the Master of Arts in Economics & Entrepreneurship for Educators are well-positioned to become change agents in their own school districts, states and countries.

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Programs

Bank at School

At the elementary level, representatives from community banks visit their local schools weekly to accept student deposits for non-custodial, no-fee savings accounts the students have set up. There are accompanying lessons that emphasize financial management and hands-on learning. At the high school level, banks operate branches within the schools. The branches are managed by bank representatives and staffed with student tellers. Learn more.

Economics for Kids

Using existing children’s literature, Economics for Kids provides kindergarten and first grade teachers with a comprehensive kit of books, lessons, manipulatives and student exercises. The kits aid in teaching grade-appropriate economics and personal finance lessons that can be integrated into core areas of English, language arts and math. Learn more.

EntrePrep℠

High school juniors and seniors are introduced to entrepreneurship and economic fundamentals through a 6-day residential experience in a college setting. Learn more.

Freshman Year Experience

A presentation to University of Delaware first-year students designed to help students learn to use credit responsibly.

Keys to Financial Success

A personal finance course designed for high school juniors and seniors by the CEEE to encourage better decision making in personal finance. Learn more.

Meaningful Economics and Entrepreneurship Competition (ME*)

Teams of students in the third through fifth grades participate in a competition highlighting economics, entrepreneurship and personal finance. Activities include a written test, product creating, problem solving and preparation of a marketing strategy for presentation to a panel of judges. Teachers can begin preparing their students for the event using the online practice resources (PDF).

Mini-Society

A mini economic system established by students in the third through sixth grades in which they create and manage currency and run businesses that provide goods and essential services for their society. Students experience roles as producers, consumers and voting citizens, and learn economic and entrepreneurial concepts.

National Economics Challenge (NEC)

The nation’s most prestigious high school economics competition, inviting participation from over 10,500 students from across the U.S. annually, the NEC recognizes exceptional knowledge of economic principles and students’ ability to apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to real-world events. With divisions for both AP and non-AP students, the first round of the NEC is administered online in school. Top-scoring first and second place Delaware winners and their teachers are awarded individual cash prizes. State championship teams in each division then go on to compete in a proctored semifinal round administered in school. The four top-scoring teams in each division nationally are invited to a championship competition in New York City, where cash prizes are awarded to champions. Qualifying Delaware teams will have related travel expenses covered. Teachers can prepare with curriculum training workshops throughout the year and access to a national question bank. Learn more.

National Personal Finance Challenge (PFC)

The PFC provides high school students with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of personal finance by competing with other high school students from around the state and the country. The first round of the PFC is administered online in school. Each Delaware teacher’s highest scoring team is invited to participate in the state championship held on UD campus. Participating teams compete in a three-round competition, and the top two teams advance to a fast-paced quiz bowl round. First and second place winners and their teachers are awarded individual cash prizes. The championship team also receives an all-expense paid trip to the national finals in Kansas City, Missouri. This academic challenge is supplemented by the CEEE-authored Keys to Financial Success personal finance curriculum and related teacher training. Teachers can also prepare with access to a national question bank. Learn more.

Stock Market Game

The Stock Market Game is a national program developed by the SIFMA Foundation and offered in Delaware exclusively by the CEEE. Teams of students invest a hypothetical $100,000 in online portfolios using a live trading simulation that develops research, mathematical, language, critical thinking and collaborative skills. Register at http://www.smgww.org.

Teach Children to Save Day

Banking professionals serve as visiting instructors to elementary classes throughout the state to present lessons on spending, saving and money management as part of a nationwide financial literacy effort to educate students on the importance of saving as the basis of future financial security.

Contact Us

The Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship is housed in Alfred Lerner Hall on the University of Delaware campus in Newark, Delaware. The building is located at the intersection of Amstel Avenue and Orchard Road.

Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship
102 Alfred Lerner Hall
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-2559

Giving

Gifts, grants and other support help the Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship to provide educational support to teachers and students and improve the future of economic education in the state of Delaware.

Visit the University of Delaware’s giving page to make a gift in support of the CEEE.