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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.


COAMFTE Seeks Committee Members

The AAMFT Election’s Council is currently seeking nominations for two three-year Professional Member positions on the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) to begin January 1, 2017. As a valued stakeholder of COAMFTE, please consider nominating someone that you believe will work tirelessly to promote best practices for Marriage and Family Therapy educational programs. This is an exciting time to be a part of the Commission as the new Accreditation Standards Version 12 take effect next year. Members of COAMFTE will be on the forefront of the implementation of the new accreditation standards and helping to educate all of COAMFTE’s stakeholders. Please take the time to speak with your colleagues and nominate those you would want to help drive excellence in marriage and family therapy education. You can find more information here.

Website Survey

In an effort to better address the needs of our Communities of Interest, COAMFTE is creating a new website and we would like to hear your thoughts!  The COAMFTE website will be hosted on a new domain and will include new features intended to improve the user experience.  To help us serve your needs better, please share your thoughts by responding to a short survey Your feedback is important in making the COAMFTE website a useful experience for you. Please complete this survey by December 8, 2015.

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.

Accreditation Standards Version 12 Resources and Forms

COAMFTE has published additional forms and resources related to the new Version 12 Standards which are effective January 1, 2016. These include the forms necessary to submit a Self-Study and resources to assist programs in their understanding of the new standards. The new Self-Study forms for Version 12 are available on the Accreditation Forms page along with a short description for each. A Cycle of Assessment guide, Crosswalk, and Accreditation Process guide can be found on the COAMFTE resources page.

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.

COAMFTE Call for Comment

Programs Seeking Accreditation

In accordance with COAMFTE policies and procedures, COAMFTE is seeking written third-party comment concerning the qualifications for accreditation of the following Marriage and Family Therapy programs.

Call for Comment, Fall 2015

Call for Comment, Spring 2015

Call for Comment, Fall 2014

Call for Comment, Spring 2014


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.

White Paper on USDE Recognition


The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) meets biannually to review programs in marriage and family therapy at a masters, doctoral and post-doctoral degree level for compliance with the current COAMFTE Accreditation Standards.

Below is a list of actions taken by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE):

Spring 2015

Fall 2014 - Deferred Action

Fall 2014

August 2014 - Application for Accreditation of Branch Location

May 2014 - Application for Accreditation of Branch Location

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Spring 2013 Addendum

Fall 2012

Fall 2012 Addendum

Accreditation Resources

An abundance of information regarding the accreditation process. Fees, manuals and standards are offered as resources for programs desiring to become or maintain COAMFTE Accreditation.

Contact COAMFTE:

112 South Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 838-9808
Email: coa@aamft.org

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