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COAMFTE Call for Comment

Second Draft of Proposed Accreditation Standards Version 12

To view the second draft of the proposed Accreditation Standards Version 12, click here. The public comment on the second draft of Accreditation Standards Version 12 is now closed. Thank you to all that submitted comments!

Message from COAMFTE Chair, Kevin Lyness

As the COAMFTE Chair (and member of the Standards Review Committee), I would like to take a moment, on behalf of the Commission, to address some misinformation that is being circulated. The Commission is NOT proposing to change the title of the field by including the phrase “couple, marriage and family therapy professionals” in the proposed accreditation standards. The purpose of accreditation standards and accreditation is to ensure quality of MFT education. As the elected decision making body, the Commission represents its membership through ensuring that every voice is heard in the standards revision process. In the same role, the Commission must also consider the changing landscape and ensure that the accreditation standards accurately reflect the training requirements for preparing students to work with diverse clients. read more

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 2014

Call for Comment, Fall 2013

Call for Comment, Spring 2013

Call for Comment, Fall 2012


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

2013 Fall Site Visits
To see a list of 2013 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):

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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