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Financial Educator Certificate Program

Are you looking for training to better teach others about personal financial management? Are you looking for financial certification? If so, then the Financial Educator Certificate Program is for you!

The Financial Educator Certificate (FEC) Program is an online course for community-based professionals. Taking the FEC program will give you the knowledge and skills to teach others how to:

  • Manage financial resources.
  • Build financial assets.
  • Improve financial health and well-being.

By completing the FEC course you will learn about:

  • Core financial concepts such as earning, spending, saving, borrowing and protecting.
  • An overview of financial behavior theory, and how to apply those theories to your work.
  • Financial education delivery methods, and how to choose the right method for your intended outcomes.
  • Ethics related to financial education.
  • Program evaluation.

FEC is an online asynchronous course that uses a cohort model, meaning you take it along side a group of peers. You are all learning the same concepts at the same time.

This program uses a combination of learning tools to keep you engaged, including:

  • Videos
  • Activities
  • Case studies
  • Quizzes
  • Downloadable resources

Your investments

  • The Financial Educator Certificate Program costs $350.
  • Participants are expected to spend five to six hours on each of the ten modules.


The certificate will be granted upon the successful completion of all requirements of the program. This includes:

  • Completion of all assignments.
  • Active participation in online discussions.
  • Achievement of at least 80 percent on each of the Check Your Knowledge quizzes.
  • Completion of Capstone Project.


The Financial Educator Certificate Program is taught by the following University of Minnesota staff.

  • Lori A. Hendrickson, Extension educator in family resiliency
  • Mary Jo Katras, program leader in family resiliency


Registration is through the University of Minnesota online registration system. This system uses pop-ups. Follow the instructions and provide the required information. This registration system will:

  • Guide you to "create a new guest account" to use for the course. If you have a University of Minnesota x500 internet ID/password, you will skip this step.
  • Collect basic information about you, needed by the course instructor.
  • Collect your registration fee of $350. (Required as a credit card payment.)
  • Give you the link to immediately access the online course. 

Register now

Course modules

The course is divided into ten course modules. Here is more information about what to expect from each modules.


Development of this program was financially supported by the Greater Twin Cities United Way. The College of Education and Human Development — University of Minnesota provided instructional design and technology production support.

Contact us if you have questions about the course.

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