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Financial Mastery: Training the Financial Literacy Trainer

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No matter your level -- whether you are a K-12 educator, college freshman experience instructor or community outreach personnel, this course is designed give you background knowledge and resources to design and instruct a financial literacy course. This 8-week course will be delivered entirely online. Though this course is delivered entirely online, physical textbooks and an online companion site will be provided to all participants free of charge by iGrad. The materials will be referenced throughout the entire course.

There are eight modules with basic and advanced personal finance topics which cover all financial education core competencies established by the Department of Treasury. Each module will present a series of materials based on each respective chapter and lesson.

By registering for the course, you give ION permission to provide your name, email address, and physical address to iGrad in order to send you the copy of the text and digital resources. You are under no obligation to purchase or use the text in any financial literacy course you develop for your institution.

This course is a continuing education course that will earn the participant 8 CEUs. The course is graded on a pass/fail basis, where 80% or better is a passing grade. It is not a graduate-level course that qualifies for academic credit toward the consumer education literacy endorsement.


  • K-12 educators
  • College freshman experience instructors
  • Community outreach personnel


Course and Chapter topics include but are not limited to:

  1. Spending plans, banking resources
  2. Financial statements
  3. Credit, credit cards, and good debt versus bad debt
  4. Personal loans, automobiles, and homeownership
  5. College funding
  6. Investing basics
  7. Bonds, stocks, mutual funds, and other paper investments
  8. Investing-real estate
  9. Entrepreneurship
  10. Retirement planning
  11. Protecting your assets with insurance
  12. Taxes
  13. Protect your assets and your family


  1. Week One
    1. Course introduction,
    2. Explanation and exploration of course
    3. Student and Facilitator introductions
    4. Chapter 1 -Financial Basics
  2. Week Two
    1. Chapter 2 - Spending Plans and Banking Resources
    2. Chapter 3 - Financial Statements
  3. Week Three
    1. Chapter 4 - Credit, Credit Cards and Good Debt vs. Bad Debt
    2. Chapter 5 - Personal Loans, Automobiles, and Home Ownership
  4. Week Four
    1. Chapter 6 - College Funding
    2. Chapter 7 - Investing Basics
  5. Week Five
    1. Chapter 8 - Bonds, Stocks, Mutual Funds and Other Paper Investments
    2. Chapter 9 - Investing - Real Estate
  6. Week Six
    1. Chapter 10 - Entrepreneurship
    2. Chapter 11 - Retirement Planning
  7. Week Seven
    1. Chapter 12 - Protecting Your Assets with Insurance
    2. Chapter 13 - Taxes
  8. Week Eight
    1. Chapter 14 - Protect Your Assets and Your Family (Identify Theft, Estate Planning, etc.)
    2. Chapter 15 - Financial Recovery (Life after bankrupcty, financial health assessments etc.)
    3. Course wrap up


Participants will be able to:

  • Understand financial literacy topics.
  • Apply basic financial literacy concepts and skills in their curriculum.


Participants could become a financial literacy instructors for local organizations.


8-week facilitated course




  • Participate in discussion with instructor and peers.
  • Read textbook and other articles as assigned


The course has a modular structure. The majority of the coursework is submitted through discussion forums.


Participants should expect to spend three to five hours per week.

Credit Options



A fee is incurred for anyone enrolled in an Advanced Online Seminar, although there is a discount for ION members. (Only Diamond level ION partners are exempt.) The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. TM1051).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):
Most MVCR courses [not the Advanced Online Seminars] may be taken for graduate credit through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition and fees associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this site.

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Taking Courses for Academic Credit

Most 8-week MVCR courses can also be taken for academic credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Suggested Tracks

Instruction Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Encouraging Comm.
  • Elective
  • Practicum

Technology Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Technology Tools
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Elective (Multimedia or Sims, Labs, Games, and VR)
  • Practicum

Support Professional

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Universal Design
  • Elective (Supporting Students, Copyright, Global eLearning, Blended/Hybrid, Librarians Collaborating, Multimedia Principles)
  • Practicum

COLA - track

  • Administration Seminar
  • Quality Assurance
  • Issues and Strategies in Faculty Training
  • Supporting Students Online

Choose one of the following three for your elective:

  • Administration of Online Programs
  • Copyright
  • Blended - Hybrid Learning Design and Instruction
  • Practicum for Administrators
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Award winning courses

The MVCR program won the Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Develop-ment (in conjunction with other ION programs) from the Sloan-consortium in 2002. One of our instructors won the WebCT Exemplary Online Course Award for an MVCR course as well.

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