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The Opportunity to Influence K-12 Economic Education

It is imperative that students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively navigate the complex world in which they live. Lerner College and its Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE) are contributing to this need by offering the Master of Arts in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators (MAEEE). The MAEEE program properly outfits teachers so that they can inspire students to become effective participants in the economy, successful entrepreneurs, responsible consumers and wise investors.

MAEEE students are working educators who put what they are learning to immediate use in their own classrooms and greater educational communities. Not only do they benefit from CEEE resources but they are also immediately connected to a network of educators, from whom they can draw on-going inspiration and support.

The MAEEE program has graduated over 400 educators since its inception in 1981. Alumni hail from 40 U.S. states and 11 foreign countries. By returning to their own educational communities, and sharing with other colleagues the content and training they’ve learned, it is estimated that these graduates and their affected peers will reach more than 10 million students over the course of their combined careers. This multiplier effect — teachers training other teachers — yields a tremendous impact on economic and personal finance education, exponentially broadening the distribution of proven content and pedagogy.

Our most successful graduates are influencing far-reaching educational policy, authoring curriculum that is being used locally, nationally and internationally, and conducting research that is changing the face of related instruction throughout the world.


Program Highlights

At the program’s core are two on-campus, four-week summer sessions.

Your first summer will focus on microeconomics, macroeconomics and entrepreneurship teaching applications. Your second summer will focus on money and banking, international trade, micro/macro applications and teaching applications.

Two online preparation assignments support this summer session course content, as do a number of meetings with top scholars, successful entrepreneurs and representatives from Federal Reserve Banks and national think tanks.

Throughout your two years of study, you’ll design and then implement a supervised project that positively impacts economic and entrepreneurship education in your area.

Program Requirements

The M.A. in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators degree requires 30 credit hours of graduate work, 18 of which are taken on campus.

Participants must also transfer 6 pre-approved credits in economics, entrepreneurship or education. These credits may be obtained from the University of Delaware or transferred from another institution.

Required on-campus courses:

  • Microeconomics for Economic Educators
  • Macroeconomics for Economic Educators
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Curriculum Strategies for Economic Educators
  • Monetary and International Trade Theories for Economic Educators
  • Contemporary Issues for Economic Educators
  • Practicum in Economic Education (6 credits)

All courses are 3 credits unless stated otherwise.

Six Sequential Components

  1. Online Instruction:  Before arriving on campus, participants will complete an online introduction to the material to be presented during the first summer session.
  1. First Summer: Participants will spend four weeks on campus and take coursework in microeconomics, macroeconomics and entrepreneurship teaching applications. Work will begin on their implementation project.
  1. Intervening School Year (off campus): Participants will continue work on their economic, entrepreneurship or personal finance implementation project.
  1. Online Instruction: Before arriving on campus, participants will complete an online introduction to the material to be presented during the second summer session.
  1. Second Summer: Participants will spend four weeks on campus and take courses in money and banking, international trade, micro/macro applications and teaching applications.
  1. Intervening School Year (off campus): Participants will complete their implementation project.

MAEEE applicants typically are referred by their school principal, school district and either their local Council or Center for Economic Education or other organization committed to improving the understanding of economic education, entrepreneurship and financial education.