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Teacher Economics – The Federal Reserve

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This course is the online version of the FTE’s 2015 Professional Teachers Association Members Conference, “Perspectives From and On the Federal Reserve,” which was held in Washington, D.C. from April 24-25, 2015.  The conference was designed to examine the performance of the Fed and to consider recent criticisms and suggestions for reform.  Speakers included Dr. Lawrence H. White of George Mason University, noted for his research and evaluation of the central bank’s record over the 100 years since Congress created the Federal Reserve System in 1913.  Evaluation of reform proposals was the subject of the lecture by Dr. James Dorn, CATO fellow and editor of the 2014 CATO Journal conference “Was the Fed a Good Idea?

TE-FR is intended for teachers as adult learners desiring to increase their own knowledge of scholarly controversy over the existence and role of the organization that functions as the central bank of the United States, rather than for those seeking classroom pedagogy.  While there are no formal prerequisites for the course, participants are expected to have working knowledge of the structure and operations of the Federal Reserve system at the level appropriate for instruction in a high school classroom, and to demonstrate mastery by scoring 75% on the pre-test given during the first week of the course.

Course Specifics:

  • Registration Fee: $175
  • Course Length: 8 weeks
  • Curriculum: lectures, powerpoints, and lessons that include scholarly readings, written assignments and discussion problems.
  • Registration: 30 students per section, first-come, first-served, based on receipt of deposit
  • Optional graduate credit: 2 sem. hrs. graduate credit – University of Colorado, Colorado Springs – $244