Courses and Workshops

The following is a sample list of courses and workshops that the Northern Michigan University Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship has provided or endorsed in the past. If you are an Upper Peninsula educator looking to incorporate economic education and entrepreneurship into your classrooms, please contact the CEEE if you are interested in hosting a presentation or would like the material to do it yourself.


  • Econ and Me
    This award-winning video series stars 4 children and their invisible friend, who helps them solve real-life economics problems. Five 15-minute videos, with animated reviews, impart lessons of scarcity, opportunity cost, consumption, production, and interdependence.
  • Financial Fitness for Life: Steps to Financial Fitness
    Steps to Financial Fitness contains 15 action-oriented lessons where students make decisions about earning an income, saving and spending, using credit, and budgeting. Lessons include background information, preparation materials, student activities, and assessments to promote active learning.
  • The Stock Market Game
    The Stock Market Game™ (SMG) gives students the chance to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in an on-line portfolio. They think they're playing a game. You know they're learning economic and financial concepts they'll use for the rest of their lives.


  • Entrepreneurship and Economics
    This curriculum combines learning economics with understanding entrepreneurship. It provides materials that focus on explaining how entrepreneurs influence our economy, innovation, profits, profits, markets, lending and borrowing, and how government and our economy affect entrepreneurs.
  • Mathematics and Economics
    In today's era of interdisciplinary studies, this program shows math teachers how mathematics concepts and knowledge can be used to develop economic and personal financial understandings. Mathematics teachers need not have a background in economics in order to implement the curriculum. The state and nationwide network economic educators can be called upon to provide K-12 educator support with any questions that may arise.
  • Mini Society
    This experience-based program teaches 2-7 grade students about economics, government, entrepreneurship, consumer issues, and citizen responsibility. Mini Society also incorporates math, literature, law, and citizenship. Students design and implement a working economic system in their classroom. MCEE and the Kauffmann Foundation offer workshops that train teachers to create a Mini Society within their own classrooms. The Mini Society is endorsed by the Michigan Council for the Social Studies and the Michigan Department of Education.
  • The Stock Market Game

The Stock Market Game™ (SMG) workshop gives teachers the skills to provide create hypothetical on-line portfolio opportunities for their student to learn investing.

  • Virtual Economics Workshops

These workshops focus on effectively utilizing the different versions of Virtual Economics in K-12 classrooms across the curriculum. It promises to help K-12 educators effectively teach economics to students across multiple grade levels and academic subject matters by using the Virtual EconomicsTM CD-ROM or flash-drive. Workshop participants have received a copy in past workshops.