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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.

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.

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.

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.


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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