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COAMFTE Has a New Website

Visit the new COAMFTE News page at http://coamfte.org/iMIS15/COAMFTE/News_and_Actions/COAMFTE_News_and_Updates.aspx.

Upcoming Webinar in February

Transition to Standards Version 12

Friday, February 19, 2016 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern

Price: $89.00

Hosts: James Billings, PhD, COAMFTE Chair

and Dan Lord, PhD, COAMFTE Chair Elect

Getting ready to submit a Self-Study?  Want to learn more about the new Standards Version 12?

As you prepare to enter the Initial or Renewal of Accreditation process this year, it can feel solitary and leave you fraught with questions.  COAMFTE will be holding a webinar to help you better understand Accreditation Standards Version 12.  Help put your program on the path to a successful Self-Study by attending this webinar.


Recordings of Past Webinars Now Available

If you could not attend the previous webinars, you still have the opportunity learn about Accreditation Standards Version 12 and the accreditation application process by listening to their recordings. The recordings are available for a small fee.

Prepare a successful Self-Study: Hot Tips and Best Practices 

Price: $49.00


Understanding and Interpreting Accreditation Standards Version 12

Price: $49.00


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, Spring 2016

Call for Comment, Fall 2015

Call for Comment, Spring 2015

Call for Comment, Fall 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 2015 - Deferred Action

Fall 2015

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

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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