Center for Economic Education

The Center for Economic Education at Sacramento State provides resources for economics teachers and educators in the Sacramento Region.  We offer a Certificate in Economic Education designed for elementary and secondary teachers.  Our website also contains links to interesting articles and examples that can be used in economics courses.  The center also sponsors the Student Leadership Summit for high school students.  Contact Tim Ford, the Director of the Center for Economic Education, for more information. 


Requirements - Certificate - Economics Education

The Economics Education Certificate Program is designed to give participants a solid foundation in economics that will enable them to teach the subject in primary and secondary schools. The Certificate Program is intended for (1) future or practicing teachers who desire credential authorization to teach the one-semester economics course required of all California public high school students; and (2) future or practicing teachers who wish to infuse economics into other K-12 curricula. Students majoring in Liberal Studies or Social Science or completing a teacher credential program are especially encouraged to participate.

The program consists of 15 units. A grade of “B” or higher must be obtained in each of these courses. Participants who are not enrolled in Sacramento State may take these courses through the College of Continuing Education. For more information about the program, contact the Director of the Center for Economic Education, Associate Professor Tim Ford.

A. Required Core Courses (9 units)



Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis



Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis


ECON 195

Economic Internship

B. Elective Course (6 units)

(6) Select any two upper division economics courses, not including ECON 104

Note: The ECON 195 requirement will enable the student to serve as a Teaching Assistant to a professor teaching either ECON 1A or ECON 1B. Students must receive the permission of the Director of the Center for Economic Education prior to enrolling in ECON 195 for the Certificate program and will be assigned to a professor by the Director.


News Articles for Classroom Discussion

Supply and Demand:  Agriculture

"Quinoa should be taking over the world. This is why it isn’t." The Washington Post.  By Lydia DePillis, Published: July 11, 2013

Surplus and Externalities:  Government Intervention or Free Market?

"In Silver Lake, some have reservations about vacation rental website." The LA Times.  By Walter Hamilton, Published: September 2, 2013,0,6261562.story

Public Finance:  Tolls or Gas Taxes?

"Study proposes tolling interstate system to pay for reconstruction" McClatchy.  By Curtis Tate, Published: September 12, 2013