By Lori Myers
The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is the only professional association that provides leadership and support to family and consumer sciences students and professionals from both multiple practice settings and content areas. AAFCS members assist individuals, families, and communities in making informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life.
With the economic challenges facing individuals, families and communities, there is a great need and desire for personal and family finance education. Increasingly states are mandating these courses at the secondary level to help improve financial literacy and outcomes for future generations. More and more community-based organizations are also providing personal finance education for youth and adults. Having a solid assessment tool to assure that programs are effectively preparing individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary for successful management of their personal and family finances is critical.
At the same time, it has become increasingly important for professionals to validate their knowledge and demonstrate ongoing professional development through certification programs. In response to the growing emphasis on effective financial literacy and the need to ensure that educators, regardless of practice setting or discipline of content background, are highly qualified to teach this subject, AAFCS proudly offers a national pre-professional assessment and certification for students and a professional credential for personal and family finance educators.