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Graduate Certificate in Financial Literacy Education  

Graduate Certificate in Financial Literacy Education  

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Tax preparation is critical to sound financial planning, and I work to give my students all of the real world experience they’ll need to help their clients find the best plan for themselves.

Lance Palmer



The vision and mission of the UGA Financial Planning program and the Mary Frances Early College of Education in the Graduate Certificate in Financial Literacy Education program is to prepare students to teach financial literacy in grades 6-12 by meeting the standards of the Ga PSC .  Students will meet the standards adapted from the Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics (2021) and Personal Finance Standards (2021) from the Council for Economic Education.  By completing the graduate certificate students will complete courses that support content knowledge in the fundamentals of Economic Decision Making; Personal Finance; Microeconomics; Macroeconomics and International issues.


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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for the Online Graduate Certificate in Financial Literacy Education

(1) an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Additional Admission Requirements for Certified Teachers seeking the Endorsement.

(1) candidate’s valid, T-4 or higher Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate and (2) course grades of C or higher in all courses within a degree program prior to application for endorsement entry

Online Graduate Certificate in Financial Literacy Education Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Select Campus – Online 
  3. Select Degree Level – Certificate
  4. Select Intended Program – CERG, Financial Literacy Education, [CERT_2FLI_ON]
  5. Select Intended Term –  Summer
  6. Résumé or curriculum vita – Submit online to the Graduate School.
  7. Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-two page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program.
  8. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants

Summer: May 1

International Applicants

Summer: April 15


Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar’s Office website for current tuition and fees.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. Potential additional costs include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades.

The complete cost of attendance can be found at

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 


15 credit hours required for the Graduate Certificate in Financial Literacy Education

CourseTitleCredit Hours
ESOC 7030ETeaching Economics3
FHCE 6200EAdvanced Wealth Management3
FHCE 6210EAdvanced Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits3
FHCE 7200EAdvanced Financial Counseling and Client Communications3
FHCE 8200EFinancial Planning and Analysis3

For students that are not certified teachers, completing this Graduate Certificate will not lead to teacher certification.


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