New Mission Statement
COAMFTE Adopts a New Mission Statement
The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education’s (COAMFTE) mission is to promote best practices for Marriage and Family Therapy educational programs through the establishment, review and revision of accreditation standards and policies, and the accreditation of graduate and post-graduate educational programs.
Call for Public Member
COAMFTE Seeks Public Member
COAMFTE is currently seeking applicants for a public member position on the Commission. The appointment of public members is guided by those public interests that can enhance the information base relevant to the discipline, such as knowledge of: (a) accreditation and regulatory processes; (b) education, civil rights, family law; (c) higher education; and/or (d) specialty areas related to current policy development. Individuals interested in applying for the public member position must not be an educator in or a member of the profession of marriage and family therapy. Public members of COAMFTE shall represent the general public. Additional information on the position can be found here
and applicants should complete this short application
. Applications are due September 1st.
Accreditation Standards Version 12
COAMFTE Publishes Accreditation Standards Version 12
On July 15, 2014, COAMFTE completed its most recent review of the Accreditation Standards and is proud to publish the Accreditation Standards Version 12
. Although published July 15, 2014, the Accreditation Standards Version 12 will go in effect on January 1, 2016. For more details, please click here
Standards Interpretation Guide Published
In preparation for the Accreditation Standards Version 12 going into effect on January 1, 2016, the Commission has developed the first edition of the COAMFTE Standards Interpretation Guide
(SIG) for Version 12. In drafting this guide the Commission reflected on programs’ experiences with Version 11 Standards and reviewed carefully feedback and questions submitted by Program Directors on the new Version 12 Standards.
CHEA Accepts COAMFTE Compliance Report
At the March 9, 2015 meeting, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
Committee on Recognition accepted the compliance report from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)
. COAMFTE’s recognition by CHEA is for ten years (2014-2024). CHEA’s purpose is quality assurance of higher education through accreditation and in this role, it provides a “seal of approval” for COAMFTE. COAMFTE has been recognized by CHEA since 2003 as ensuring quality in marriage and family therapy higher education. The renewal of recognition is a re-affirmation of COAMFTE’s excellence in upholding quality assurance standard and a testament of high quality of education in COAMFTE accredited programs! Review CHEA decision letters here
Student Achievement Criteria Data (SAC)
The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy
Education is recognized by the Council for Higher Education
Accreditation (CHEA). Consistent with CHEA Recognition Standards,
accreditation organizations must establish standards that require
accredited programs ‘to provide consistent information about academic
quality and student achievement and thus to foster continuing public
awareness, confidence, and investment’ (Recognition of Accrediting
Organizations: Policy and Procedures p.4). COAMFTE has established
Accreditation Standards that require programs to report on student
achievement. Additionally, COAMFTE collects Student Achievement data on
graduation rates, exam pass rates, and licensure rates. Accredited
programs are required to report Student Achievement Criteria data on an
annual basis. Click here to learn more about COAMFTE’s SAC Data.
Program Demographic Data
In accordance with COAMFTE policies and procedures, COAMFTE publishes and disseminates aggregate accredited program enrollment and faculty demographics.Click here to learn more about COAMFTE Program Demographic Data Data.
Accreditation Seminar PowerPoint is now available in Accreditation Resources
White Paper on USDE Recognition
2014 Fall Site Visits
To see a list of 2014 Fall Site Visits click here