Is this just for students who want to start businesses or go into a business career?

No. This program is for any student who wants to discern their true vocation. Priests and religious, mothers and fathers, leaders in all fields, and dutiful stewards of the gifts of God the Father are all called to co-creation with the Holy Spirit.

Entrepreneurship isn’t about starting a business. It is about solving problems and serving others through the use of resources that would not otherwise be organized or available if it weren’t for the ability to recognize opportunity and take principled action. 

How many instructional hours is the program? Will it fit with my school’s schedule?

The 12 foundational modules are broken up into essential and supplemental blocks. Each block is approximately one 50 minute session with the total instruction time to be approximately 75 hours.  However, the supplemental and essential blocks are intended to be adaptable to your goals and available time with students. We are committed to helping you create a version that serves your students and teachers. You can see a sample scope and sequence here.

What does this program cost?

We don’t charge for the materials or facilitator training. However, at the time of launch, the CEDE curriculum is available by application only.

To deliver the full program, partners should expect to cover their costs for attending teacher training. Program costs for the module 3 project of serving a meal average $20 per student but can be an opportunity for student entrepreneurs to gain fundraising experience.  Additional module blocks require materials to facilitate activities and will create some additional costs per the design of the program at your school.

Individual student material costs include a reflection journal, a copy of Unrepeatable, the $49 fee for the MCODE assessment, and, if desired, enrollment fees and tuition for concurrent credit at the Catholic University of America (approximately $750).

Scholarships and grants are available.

Why do I need training to teach CEDE?

In order for CEDE students to apply for and receive concurrent credit from the Catholic University of America, they must be lead by a facilitator that has completed the CEDE Certified Facilitator Training. 

We call it training but it is more of an orientation combined with an introduction to the  CEDE community. We want to make sure that you feel prepared and supported, part of a larger movement to make sure today’s students know their connection to Catholic Entrepreneurship. And, when it comes to facilitating the curriculum in the CEDE program, it is important that you feel prepared and confident to deliver a transformative experience to your students. Learn more and get signed up here.

Will content be added to the curriculum in the future?

Yes! CEDE is still growing, and while the core is there, we will continue to provide additional resources, case studies, content, supplemental blocks, and potentially, additional modules.

How teacher-friendly is the course to implement?

CEDE is being designed with teachers in mind! We worked with teachers as they used it in Beta form, and listened to their feedback, making improvements as needed. It is not only flexible, but it is designed in a way that is easy to understand and implement.

Can you go into further detail about the adaptability of the course?

CEDE is built to engage students and teachers in Catholic Entrepreneurship, which at the core is about serving the unique needs of others. We worked to create curriculum content that drives your ability to meet the needs of your students, school, and community. The primary element of flexibility is in the amount of time the content can be delivered. Schools are deploying CEDE as an extracurricular club, as a two week camp, as one and two semester programs, all the way to a 2 year Principled Entrepreneurship Institute. Additionally, the content itself is organized in modules, where all twelve forma  cohesive pathway to completion, but each module has essential and supplemental blocks of content. The capstone deliverables are the Moral Compass Paper and the Odyssey Project, beyond that, each school is free to pick and choose their focus whether a deep dive into the theology of Catholic Entrepreneurship, a high-energy activity-based experience, a mini-retreat focused on discernment and vocation, a project-based path that is student driven, or a combination of all of these.  

Is this an in-person course, a virtual course, or a hybrid?

Because of the nature of the content, hands-on and in person was the intent of the original design. Adapting to the reality of a COVID19 world, we are working to support a hybrid deployment of the program with all of our partners.