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$martPath now connected to Michigan State Standards

$martPath is an engaging, interactive and easy-to-use way for elementary and middle school teachers to embed relevant and fun economic and financial education in their classrooms, to boost students' financial literacy.

Made possible by Michigan Credit Unions with funding from 

Thank you to Comerica Bank and State Farm for sponsoring our inaugural class of 50 high schools girls currently becoming the the CFO of their lives in our 7 week after school program!




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9/5/2023 - 4/19/2024

FALL 2023

10/2/2023 - 12/8/2023

10/16/2023 - 2/2/2024


1/16/2024 - 4/19/2024

2/5/2024 - 5/31/2024

3/4/2024 - 5/31/2024

4/15/2024 - 6/7/2024


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Courses will be held over a 5 week period in efforts to accommodate schedules. Each course will have a single 2-hour session per week, culminating in 10 total hours. Exams will be taken during the exam window.

10 Michigan SCECH available for educators who complete NGPF Certification Courses

To receive an NGPF Certification, you must successfully complete a 10 hour course-- 9 hours of Professional Development and a 1 hour course completion exam. Courses are currently available in the following topic areas.


This course emphasizes vocabulary, content knowledge and NGPF resources for instructional use. During the first 3 prerequisite sessions, participants will build the foundational understanding of: the value of investing early and often, compounding returns, stocks, bonds, funds, and risk management. Then participants will build upon this in the final 6 sessions to understand behavioral finance, and 21st century relevant investing strategies and tools for investing!

Advanced Investing

This course emphasizes vocabulary, content knowledge and NGPF resources for in Investing instructional use. Participants will build the foundational understanding of: the value of investing early and often, compound returns, and more.


In this course, participants will walk through the major aspects of credit, loans, and debt management. We will start with an overview of the history of credit from a cross-curricular lens. Then we will build our foundation of credit essentials as we move towards the complexities of the United States crediting system, common pitfalls, and current trends!

Banking & Budgeting

During this course, participants will cover essential strategies and tools for successfully banking and budgeting. Throughout the 9 session course, sessions will focus on Online Banking, Overdraft Fees, Budgeting Strategies, Types of Savings Accounts, Negotiating for a Car and more!


This course will cover many facets of insurance from Renters insurance, to Homeowners insurance, to Health Insurance. Educators will walk away with a working knowledge of insurance types and forms.


During this course, participants will cover fundamental concepts in the Taxes curriculum. Learn up to date information about the tax process, forms, and activities.

Paying for College

In this course, participants will investigate the financial aid process. Sessions will focus on college pricing, the role of the FAFSA, financial aid, 529 college savings plans, student loans, financial aid offers, and more!

Consumer Skills

In this course, participants examine the lives of modern consumers. We explore targeted advertising, social media influencers, deceptive web design elements, advanced scams, fraud threats, fake product reviews, and more, all while building skills to help consumers make informed purchasing decisions.

Cryptocurrency Basics

Sessions will cover many topics including the pros and cons of Bitcoin, to the current state of crypto, and more. Educators will gain an understanding of what cryptocurrency is, how it works, and arguments for and against its widespread adoption.


The Michigan Council on Economic Education now offers SCECH for Michigan teachers who attend or watch a Council for Economic Education webinars. Find out more on our professional development page.

Providing Michigan’s K-12 students with economic knowledge and financial skills needed to thrive in our dynamic economy.

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Teams of four high school students compete in a series of challenging tests to demonstrate their economic understanding and reasoning skills. The Challenge matches your team’s understanding of economics with teams from other schools.

Every Michigan school district will have the opportunity to hold a preliminary first round of the Challenge online. The top teams from across Michigan will be invited to participate in a three-round State Finals competition.


The Michigan Personal Finance Challenge is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of Personal Finance by competing with other students across the state. Every Michigan teacher will have the opportunity to have their students participate in the online qualifying round of the Personal Finance Challenge. The top teams from across Michigan will be invited to participate in a case study State Finals competition at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch.


$martPath is an engaging, interactive and easy-to-use way for teachers of grades 1-8 to embed relevant and fun economic and financial education in their classrooms. Best of all, $martPath is completely free!

Developed by leading practitioners working hand-in-hand with teachers, $martPath provides simple, fun lessons that bring economic and financial education to life in your classroom. $martPath units teach students about personal financial responsibility (such as saving, prudent spending, and prioritizing needs and wants) through grade-appropriate, curriculum-aligned, interactive lessons.

Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordination effort of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. Programming covers all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first time home buying to estate planning.

Summer Conference

Join us each summer for amazing professional development opportunities that focus on economic and financial literacy education. Always a great mix of learning from professionals in the field along with pedagogical tools that will impact student learning starting on day one of the next school year!

Champions Dinner

An evening to celebrate the economic education achievements of Michigan teachers and students who have excelled in the classroom and those individuals and organizations whose efforts have expanded the role of MCEE, economic education, and financial empowerment throughout the state.

Funding the Future

Gooding or Carter Hulsey engage middle or high school students with a live concert, inspire with the musicians’ personal stories, and encourage critical thinking during a spirited Q&A. Students learn how to harness money as a tool to succeed, achieve dreams and change lives.

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Michigan Council on Economic Education
12642 Beresford Dr.
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
Office: 248.939.4995

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