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Course | Principles of Finance


Principles of Finance gives learners a thorough introduction to the concepts, tools, and institutions of finance and serves as a foundation for the core courses offered by the Academy of Finance. Principles of Finance begins with the basics of financial literacy and the function of finance in society. Learners study income and wealth, including budgeting, personal banking, credit and borrowing, and planning for retirement.

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PLANNING TOOLS provides essential information to guide course implementation, including scope and sequence, detailed lesson plans, semester planning outline, course updates, and project overview. Several courses offer free online resources with hyperlinked URLs to enhance blended, synchronous, and asynchronous learning. The scope and sequence guide the resource selections to ensure the content aligns with lesson topics. The online resource collection includes course outlines, modules, lesson plans, videos, projects, and articles.

FOR LEARNERS: Did you know that in 2030, 85% of the jobs are not in existence yet? So, how can what you are learning in school today possibly prepare you for an unknowable future?

The answer is simple! You do not stop learning just because you graduated from high school. You must embrace the concept of life-long learning to thrive in a highly tech-enabled and information-driven future. Your skillsets are less about what a teacher “poured” into your head and more about exploring issues and topics about which you are passionate. In the future, employers will not be as interested in your grade point average as compared to the initiative you took to extend your knowledge.

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Teach Personal Finance with MINT

Help students take control of their finances and their futures. Get students up to speed with budgeting, credit scores, savings, and more using Mint.

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Instructional Units

Unit 1 Course Introduction
Unit 2 Personal Finance
Unit 3 Financial Institutions
Unit 4 Key Influencers of Financial Decisions
Unit 5 Careers in Finance and Course Closure

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