Earn 2 levels of CEUs and Graduate Credit by playing Budget Challenge

Yes! You can earn CEUs and Grad School Credit while you teach Budget Challenge to your class.  Of course, you have to play hard and score well, but you will also be having fun with your students while you earn CEUs and Grad Credit.

Learn by Doing Option

Requirements:  Play a Teacher-Play account and achieve an "All-Green" final Real World Ready score

What your earn: 

  • 10 CEU hours (Printable/Downloadable Certificate)
  • 1 Graduate credit hour provided by the University of Cincinnati, 

Cost:

Timing:

  • Certificates are available for print/download after the simulation ends

Learn by Doing + Apply Learnings in Classroom Option

Requirements: Play a Teacher Play account and achieve an "All-Green" final Real World Ready score AND achieve the target class engagement in the same semester.

What you earn: 

  • 20 CEU hours (Printable/Downloadable Certificate)
  • 2 Graduate credit hours provided by the University of Cincinnati, 

Cost:

Timing:

  • Certificates are available for print/download after the simulation ends

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I print my CEUs?

  • After the simulation is over, certificates will be available for Teachers that meet the performance requirements.

How do I get Graduate Credit?

  • Please download and follow the instructions.  

If I don't complete vendor selections prior to the simulation start and am a 'Late Add' can I still earn CEUs on my teacher play account?

  • No. Unfortunately, the entire simulation needs to be played in order to earn CEUs.

Is there a limit on the number of CEUs I can earn?

  • We recommend only printing one certificate per academic year, however, it is ultimately up to your licensure and accreditation board for what is allowed.

What is the target class average engagement and why is that important?

  • Students learn personal finance by doing and the class engagement score best measures the amount of "doing" which approximates the amount of "learning" in the class. 

What is an 'All-Green' Real World Ready score?

  • Real World Ready is comprised of three components (Behavior, Knowledge, and Skill) and each component is scored against a target to receive one of three colored scores.  So, an "All Green" Real World Ready score would equal three Green marks.

Legend

>= 85% of Target
<85% & >65% of Target
<= 65% of Target

Behavior:  this is a measurement of a participant’s engagement and the target is set at 100%.  To demonstrate Behavior/Engagement in the simulation, a participant needs to pay bills, take available surveys and login regularly.

Knowledge: this is a measurement of a participants quiz performance and the target is 100%. To demonstrate Knowledge in the simulation, a participant needs to figure out answers to important financial questions.  Often times, the material in the quizzes is not provided ahead of time and this is by design.  The quizzes are very short (usually 3-5 questions) and are open for an entire week which gives plenty of time to research on the internet. 

Skill: this is a measurement of a participant’s leaderboard score and the target is approximately half of the maximum possible score for a given simulation.  The leaderboard score is the combination of many factors simultaneously working together.  To score well on the leaderboard, a participant will need to save money, avoid fees, and do well on quizzes.   What is the ‘maximum possible’ leaderboard score and how is that calculated?  The maximum possible score can only be generated by giving perfect information (advanced knowledge of unexpected events) to a solver-type program that runs many thousands of trial solutions to identify the best one possible.  This is certainly an unrealistic expectation for any participant to achieve, but it is a useful reference point for what is theoretically possible in a complex simulation such as this.  For this reason, there may instances where participants exceed 100% the target (which is 50% of the max possible).