Online Programs

Registration OPEN for WINTER 2015 Online Courses

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Online Education is a convenient way to meet continuing education requirements – right from home, and on your own schedule.

Participants receive:

  • Economics curriculum, including background content outlines, classroom activities, and teacher guides
  • Lecture (PowerPoint with audio) and Video demonstrations of classroom activities
  • Instruction by nationally-acclaimed mentor teachers and professors
  • Online interaction (asynchronous) with teachers throughout the United States and across the world
  • Graduate credit and “clock hour” confirmation, and graduate credit available. (Optional graduate credit from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, $102/sem. hr. additional fee)

The stimulating mix of academic rigor, research based content, application of experiential learning simulations, and emphasis on interactive, asynchronous discourse make the Online offerings among FTE’s most popular courses.

Online Course Descriptions*

*(Note:  the FTE offers all the courses described below at some point in the year.  However, not all courses are offered every semester. Check red links on left for current course offerings.)

Economics Online for Teachers, Parts 1 & 2 (EOFT-1 & EOFT-2)

Based on the 10-topic curriculum of the FTE’s flagship Economics for Leaders program, the two Economics Online for Teachers courses are designed to reinforce teachers’ understanding of basic concepts and the tools of economics reasoning that form the foundation for a standards-based, semester-long secondary course in economics. A combination of practice problems (with individual feedback from outstanding instructors experienced in both online and classroom teaching), stimulating discussions with teacher participants from all over the U.S. and around the world, and video demonstrations of classroom activities that address a variety of learning styles, EOFT is designed to increase teacher confidence in both the content and pedagogy of dynamic, engaging economic education. (Optional graduate credit available: Part 1 & Part 2, 2 sem. hrs. each.)

EOFT-1 and EOFT-2 prerequisites: none

The Economic Demise of the Soviet Union Online for Teachers (EDSUO)

With generous grants from the Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation, FTE first created The Economic Demise of the Soviet Union curriculum materials, and then incorporated the 6 lessons in a graduate-level teacher-education course. Both the curriculum materials and the online instruction focus on the fatal flaw of central planning – the innate inability to get the incentives right. Using the world wide web to enhance and supplement the background information provided in the curriculum outlines, EDSUO helps teachers understand — and explain to their own students — the weaknesses that undermined the Soviet economy. Video demonstrations of classroom activities simulate common features of Soviet daily life, helping to illustrate the application of economic reasoning to historical inquiry: Why did the economy of the Soviet Union collapse when it did? (Optional: 2 sem. hrs. graduate credit available)

EDSUO pre-requisite: none

The Economics of Disasters (EODO)

The Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation again supported the creation of an online course for teachers based on the content and pedagogy of the high school curriculum unit and the wealth of supplementary sources available on the Internet. This is an intensive, in-depth examination of how one of the newest tools of economic reasoning – institutional analysis – informs one of the toughest challenges of the modern world. (Optional: 3 sem. hrs. graduate credit available)

This set of lessons looks at a variety of natural disasters – from the Black Death of the Middle Ages to Hurricane Katrina in our too-recent memory, to fears of avian flu pandemics that haunt the future – through the lens of economic analysis.

EODO prerequisite: successful completion of EOFT1, 2 or EDSUO (Prerequisite may be waived for students who have successfully completed other graduate level online instruction. To request a waiver, please contact kratte@fte.org and provide information about your economics and online background, and familiarity with computer-based interaction.)

Teaching Economics – World Development (TE-WD)

This course is a virtual recreation of FTE’s PTA-Members-Only conference on world development held March, 2014 at the World Bank in Washington D.C.   The course consists of 4 lessons and a term project.

  1. Introduction – reading from Nobel Laureate Douglass North and written assignment
  2. World Poverty & Economic Growth – conference lecture by Prof. John Wallis, conference readings, written assignment
  3. Economic Growth and Progress in China – conference lecture by David Dollar, conference readings, written assignment
  4. Foreign Aid – conference lecture by Christopher Coyne, conference readings, written assignment

Term project:  Guided small group online book discussion.  (Choices:  Nina Munk, The Idealist – Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty; Christopher Coyne, Doing Bad by Doing Good:  Why Humanitarian Action Fails; or William Easterly, The Tyranny of Experts:  Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor)

(Note:  If you attended the World Bank conference in DC, you will be exempted from lessons 2, 3, and 4.)

Fees: $125 FTE registration

Credit: 1.5 semester hrs. graduate credit, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  (Fee:  $153 , payable directly to UCCS online after course start)

Pre-requisites: None.  (Note that this course assumes knowledge of vocabulary, concepts and principles in a high school level economics course.  Not recommended for those new to the discipline.)