Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Farrington, Karin


The purpose of a Personal Finance course is to develop important financial literacy concepts that all adults need to thrive in today’s increasingly complex economy. A lack of financial literacy for many individuals in the United States is an extensive problem that erodes into individuals' livelihood when unaddressed. This research investigates the benefits of a Personal Finance class which teaches students introductory financial literacy content, as well as skills and strategies that they can implement to make a positive impact in their own lives as they grow into adulthood. This research will focus on the advantages of a Personal Finance course for secondary students, specifically low-socioeconomic individuals, and emphasize how it can aid in building a better quality of life for these young adults. Personal Finance provides the tools and skills for students to make informed decisions which not only benefit themselves but also their families and communities. The research conducted in this thesis will explain why secondary schools must provide adequate financial training to all students through a one-semester Personal Finance course.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis