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.
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):
Fall 2014 - Deferred Action
August 2014 - Application for Accreditation of Branch Location
May 2014 - Application for Accreditation of Branch Location
Spring 2013 Addendum
Fall 2012 Addendum