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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.

COAMFTE Call for Public Member

COAMFTE, the accrediting body of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, is seeking to fill a public member vacancy for a term ending December 31, 2015. You can find additional information on eligibility criteria and responsibilities here.

Application deadline is July 15, 2014. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Accreditation Staff at

Public members may not be an educator in or member of the field of marriage and family therapy.

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 2014

Call for Comment, Spring 2014

Call for Comment, Fall 2013

Call for Comment, Spring 2013


CHEA grants renewal of recognition to COAMFTE

At the April 28-29, 2014 meeting, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Board of Directors granted renewal of recognition to the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) for ten years. CHEA’s purpose is quality assurance of higher education through accreditation and in this role, it provides a “seal of approval” for COAMFTE. As part of the recognition process, COAMFTE will need to submit interim reports, including a Special Report on monitoring of COAMFTE accredited programs in providing their student achievement and performance to the public. 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! Read the CHEA letter 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 Spring Site Visits

To see a list of 2014 Spring Site Visits click here.


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 2014 - Application for Accreditation of Branch Location

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Spring 2013 Addendum

Fall 2012

Fall 2012 Addendum

Spring 2012

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
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
112 South Alfred Street Alexandria, VA 22314-3061
Phone: (703) 838-9808 | Fax: (703) 838-9805

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