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The National Institute of Financial & Economic Literacy has formed an alliance with the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation and the University of Wisconsin - Madison to offer a once- a-year blend of online and on-site insurance literacy education.

The Insurance Education Institute is a professional development opportunity and graduate course designed for educators, grades 7-12, to become more effective in teaching insurance by providing the tools necessary for understanding the major forms of insurance. The Institute focuses on the relevance of insurance to middle and high school students and their families. The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, located in Columbus, Ohio, is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to promote the study and teaching of risk management and insurance.

The Online Course begins April 2, 2012

The On-Site session is August 1-3 at the UW-Madison

The Insurance Education Institute is being offered to Wisconsin school teachers and will be delivered via distance learning through Edgewood College beginning April 2, 2012.

The Insurance Education Institute will conclude with an on-site meeting at the UW-Madison  August 1-3, 2012. Housing for the on-site session of the course will be provided at the Double Tree Hotel on the campus of UW-Madison and is included in the grant.

Three Graduate Credits in Insurance and Risk Management from Edgewood College at Virtually No Cost!

  • Introduction to Risk and Insurance
  • Types of Insurance
  • Legal Principles of Insurance
  • Analysis of Insurance Contracts
  • Risk Management
  • Types of Insurers and Insurance Marketing Systems
  • Insurance Regulation
  • Risk Management
  • Homeowners and Renters Insurance
  • Automobile Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Health Insurance and Disability Income
  • Social Security and Medicare
  • Employee Benefits
  • Family Financial Planning
  • Careers in Insurance
  • Curriculum Development

Applicants must be teachers in grades 7-12 who are willing to integrate topics on insurance into courses leading to a high school diploma such as career orientation, business, consumer education, economics, social sciences, family & consumer science, mathematics, or driver's education.

Insurance Literacy Certification:

The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation offers an optional Insurance Literacy Certification exam to interested graduates of the institute.

Course Instructors:

Dr. Mark BrowneDr. Mark Browne
Gerald D. Stephens CPCU Chair in Risk Management and Insurance

Dr. Martin Halek
Professor of Actuarial Science and Risk Management and Insurance

Program Coordinators:

Elizabeth Foste
Outreach Director for the Actuarial Science, Risk Management and Insurance Department

David D. Mancl, MBA
Director, Office of Financial Literacy
Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions


This institute is GRANT FUNDED. The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation funds the cost of graduate tuition, textbooks, class materials, lodging and meals for those who are selected to attend the Institute. These scholarships are paid directly to the institution by the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation. Therefore, three hours of graduate credit are available at virtually no cost upon successful completion of the institute. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.

Participants are required to complete and submit a graduate school application in order to receive graduate credit. Because the credit is being offered through Edgewood College and courses are being taught by UW-Madison faculty, both universities’ application  portals have been combined in one place.  Once accepted into the institute participants will be contacted if additional information is needed to process admission at either university.

Important Dates:
  • Register for Institute before March 16, 2012
  • Log onto Edgewood College’s Blackboard course delivery platform by April 2, 2012
  • All online coursework must be completed before July 27, 2012.

Online Application