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Certified Financial Education Instructor – Financial Literacy Certification (CFEI)
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The NFEC’s Certified Financial Education Instructor program helps individuals acquire the expertise, credibility, and self-assurance they need to teach money management lessons effectively. Those that earn the CFEI financial literacy certification report that they experience greater enjoyment teaching and achieve better results among the audiences who attend their presentations. The CFEI coursework meets standards for the highest academic rigor while providing practical lessons that increase your impact as a financial educator. You will develop skills and learn techniques that help you motivate, engage, and move participants of all ages to take positive financial action. Graduation from the NFEC’s financial literacy certification program demonstrates that you are qualified to teach the subject matter and
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increases your credibility as a financial education instructor. Graduates of the coursework take their place among the most highlyqualified personal finance educators in the nation, with proven ability to teach essential money management concepts effectively to people of all ages. Use the buttons below to navigate to the section of this page relevant to your interests or continue reading.
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Do you feel more confident in your knowledge of how to deliver financial literacy topics?
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As a result of this training, my capacity to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of my audience has improved.
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Qualified Educators – Cornerstone of the Financial Literacy Programming Personal finance is a unique subject that requires specialized expertise to teach effectively; the educator directly influences both short-term student outcomes and long-term impact on their financial wellbeing. A key provision in the National Financial Capability Strategy, a report that compiled the overall strategies identified by 47 agencies to guide nationwide financial literacy promotion, is the training and deployment of qualified financial educators. Researchers agree that effective educators help learners achieve better outcomes.
Distinguished financial educators who graduate from the NFEC’s financial literacy certification program are not merely dispensers of knowledge; they are learning facilitators who can mold and modify participants’ behavior to guide them toward financial wellness. These certified instructors understand that the subject of personal finance is unique in that it elicits emotional reactions from participants, and are able to deliver training that helps people work toward their personal financial goals.
CFEI Financial Literacy Certification Qualifications The NFEC welcomes individuals with a passion for teaching personal finance and a desire to help people build the skills they need to achieve financial wellness. The NFEC has successfully trained people from various backgrounds to be financial education instructors. From seasoned financial professionals and experienced educators to those with no educational or financial backgrounds, the NFEC works with people of all abilities. For individuals without a background in education or finance, the training is more challenging; however, they still gain the knowledge and skill sets they need to confidently teach personal finance. We regularly train volunteers, students for peer education programs, and entrepreneurs new to financial education. We even trained a high school student who successfully completed the CFEI program in order to teach youth at a homeless shelter – Read Camille Ko’s Story. The financial literacy movement needs qualified financial education instructors and we appreciate your interest in becoming an integral part of addressing the financial health of our nation’s citizens.
CFEI Course Details: Topics & Continuing Education Units The CFEI course includes 2 components: 1) Methods of Teaching (pedagogy) and 2) Content Knowledge. Graduates of the CFEI coursework successfully complete practical lessons that help them present financial education topics in a group or one-on-one setting. The coursework is listed as a Professional Designation on FINRA’s website* and provides 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for a total of 30 Professional Development Hours (PDH). Use the tabs below to learn more about the 2 components included in the course.
Component 1: Methods of Teaching (Pedagogy, Teaching Techniques & Best Practice)
Component 2: Content Knowledge (Personal Finance Topics)
Component 1: Methods of Teaching (Pedagogy, Teaching Techniques & Best Practice) This portion of the CFEI course focuses on teaching the methods and pedagogies that will help you become an effective financial education instructor no matter what financial literacy curriculum is used. Throughout the CFEI professional development course, you will learn the instructional techniques that effectively encourage financially sustainable behavior. This section of the training is composed of 12 lessons for which graduates earn 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) / 15 Professional Development Hours (PDH).
Total Investment is $297 (includes everything needed for Certification: training, testing, certification) Annual training and testing are required to maintain CFEI status. Starting year 2 (365 days after order), your annual investment is $97 and includes all the training, tools, and testing you need to keep your certification up-to-date. Read the complete terms and conditions.
CFEI Certification Meets National Standards for Financial Education Instructors The Framework for Teaching is backed by evidence-based research and widely accepted by educators, administrators, policymakers, and academics. The Framework identifies skill sets qualified educators should possess and performance levels that define instructor capabilities. The Framework for Teaching is the most widely-used teaching model in the United States, and has been adopted as the single model, or one of several approved models, in more than 20 states. The NFEC partnered with Danielson Group consultants to modify Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching to meet the specific needs of Financial Education Instructors. This collaboration yielded the first and only national standards for financial educators – the ‘Framework for Teaching Personal Finance’. The Framework identifies the responsibilities of financial educators proven by empirical studies and theoretical research to produce the highest gains in participant test scores, and provides clear benchmarks to enhance educators’ongoing professional development. The Framework for Teaching Personal Finance is a research-based set of components aligned with InTASC standards and grounded in a constructivist view of learning and teaching. This Framework breaks down teaching financial literacy into 22 components recognized as best practices in the industry. To date the NFEC is the only organization to clearly define the knowledge, performance expectations, and skill sets in which financial educators should demonstrate competency.
Meet the Course Instructors The CFEI’s Curriculum Advisory Board and team of educators are diverse and include traditional educators, personal finance experts, and financial professionals. This collaboration between more than 50 experts has yielded a professional development course that bridges the gap between theory-based education and practical application.
Diane Larsen Steve Repak
Erica K. Jackson Tony Steuer Gary Jaeckel
Diane Larsen is a NFEC Certified Financial Education Instructor and award winning economics teacher at Mater Dei High School where she has taught for 26 years and was one of the first graduates of the financial literacy certification course. She was selected as Jump$tart Coalition
Outstanding Educator and the only California teacher chosen by CEE and the U.S. State Department to travel to South Africa to teach and review other economics teachers in an exchange program. Her students have won high honors in the California State Stock Market Simulation placing 1st in 2008, 2009, and twice in 2012. Last year she had trained 5 of 10 teams in the top ten in the State and had a team win the National Stock Simulation. Diane’s students have scored in the upper 10% in the National Financial Literacy Challenge with one in the upper 1% of the nation. Her teams have been regulars in the CCEE Capital Markets Competition and last June had a team place in the top 6 in the Money Wise Teen competition sponsored by CCEE.
What the CFEI Course Includes
Coursework As you know by now, the Certified Financial Education Instructor course helps you improve your capabilities as a financial educator while adding to your credibility. The Certified Financial Education Instructor training includes:
Graduates Resource Center Graduates of the Certified Financial Education Instructor course receive both personal and professional benefits. The NFEC encourages individuals and organizations to leverage the benefits of starting a financial literacy initiative toward satisfying other professional and personal objectives. Besides training effective instructors through the financial literacy certification coursework, we seek to help you raise community awareness and develop a sustainable outreach model. These resources are available to graduates complimentary:
Financial Literacy Certification Resources (Available for CFEI graduates upon course completion)
Awareness Resources (Available for CFEI graduates upon course completion)
Sustainability Resources (Available for CFEI graduates upon course completion)
Enroll in The CFEI Course By now you understand that the Certified Financial Education Instructor program provides the skill sets you need to teach financial literacy effectively. Completing the program gives you added credibility and confidence when teaching. Simply register below or contact us using your preferred method. Right now you are invited to join the financial literacy movement. Become an active participant working toward solutions proposed in the National Financial Capability Strategy. Your investment also will help support a variety of programs funded through the NFEC’s social enterprise model.
ENROLL NOW Total Investment is $297 (includes everything needed for Certification: training, testing, certification) Annual training and testing are required to maintain CFEI status. Starting year 2 (365 days after order), your annual investment is $97 and includes all the training, tools, and testing you need to keep your certification up-to-date. Read the complete terms and conditions.
The NFEC appreciates your interest in improving the financial capabilities of your community members. The more people you reach with money management training, the closer it brings us to accomplishing our mission of “creating a world where people are informed and able to make qualified financial decisions that improve their lives, the lives of those they love, and the lives of those they reach around the globe.”
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*FINRA does NOT approve or endorse any professional designation. Nor does a designation’s inclusion in this database imply that FINRA considers the designation to be acceptable for use by a registered representative.
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