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. NJCU School of Business and the New Jersey Council for Economic Education at NJCU are contributing to this goal by offering the Master Teacher Certificate in Economics and Personal Finance. The NJCU Certificate program properly outfits teachers so that they can inspire students to become effective participants in the economy, successful entrepreneurs, responsible consumers and wise investors.


The Certificate is specifically designed for educators who have demonstrated leadership potential. These professionals put what they are learning in the program to immediate use in their own classrooms and greater educational communities. They are equipped with both a solid foundation in economic theory and a set of strategies and methods for teaching economics and personal finance. Not only do students benefit from NJCEE at NJCU resources but they are also immediately connected to a network of educators, from whom they can draw on-going inspiration and support.


Our graduates are master teachers who serve as agents of change in their own districts. Many serve student populations from New Jersey’s most economically vulnerable communities.

Program Eligibility

The program is open to educators who:

1. Meet admission requirements of the NJCU School of Business and the NJCU College of Education.
2. Have been referred by their school principal, school district, or other organization committed to improving the understanding of economic, entrepreneurship, and financial education.


Program Components

The major components of the program are two online summer classes and a one week on-campus summer session. During the on-campus session, course content is reinforced by meetings with top scholars and representatives from Federal Reserve Banks and national think tanks. This on-campus professional development week will be held on our beautiful new Monmouth County Campus. Daily breakfast and lunch will be provided along with a reception and dinner on the last evening.


1. Summer Sessions I, II – Online Instruction: Before arriving on campus, participants will have completed NJCU courses on economics and personal finance. (6-credits total).
2. Summer Session – On Campus: Participants spend one week on campus studying topics in personal finance, investments, ethics and economics, contemporary issues in economic education; and teaching applications. (3-credits)
3. Fall Semester (off campus): Participants implement curriculum resources in their classrooms. Capstone Project (3-credits)


Program Requirements

The Certificate in Economics and Personal Finance for Educators requires 12 credit hours of graduate work.


Admissions Information

Learn more about Certificate in Economics and Personal Finance for Educators admissions requirements, deadlines and tuition.


Contact: Joseph DiFiglia, Director, NJCEE at NJCU.