Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Northcentral University becomes first mostly-online program to earn COAMFTE accreditation
Their masters program uses practicum site supervisors as co-instructors, meeting COAMFTE's requirement for in-person education. The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education announced just before the holiday that Northcentral University, one of five online programs (or in their case, mostly-online programs) I discussed in this recent post, has become the first such program to earn COAMFTE accreditation. (Here's why COAMFTE accreditation matters to students.)As I mentioned previously, they appear to use practicum site supervisors as co-instructors for the practicum class, thus meeting the COAMFTE requirement (page 8) that at least some instruction in any accredited program be provided in person.This is a milestone for graduate education in MFT, though I will confess I am not quite sure what meaning to put to it. That's a longer discussion I'll put in another post. For now, my hearty congratulations to the faculty, staff and students at Northcentral for a significant achievement! # # #In the interest of full disclosure, I have served in the past as a COAMFTE Site Visitor, but I had no involvement with the accreditation process for Northcentral and have no affiliation with that university.Your comments are welcome. You can email me at ben[at]bencaldwell[dot]com, post a comment below, or find me on Twitter @benjamincaldwel.