The Department of Couple & Family Therapy, in accordance with the standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education, conducts an ongoing cycle of data gathering, feedback from stakeholders and feedback from students and graduates of the Program to drive program improvement. This process allows us to assess whether we are meeting our educational goals.
The Department has developed the following educational outcomes to quantify these goals. The outcomes are broken down into three categories:
- Student Learning Outcomes, which measure student learning in the Program
- Program Outcomes, which measure the achievements of our graduates
- Faculty Outcomes, which measure the quality of our faculty and clinical supervisors
As a prospective student to our Program, we want you to be aware of these goals.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students in the Program will demonstrate mastery of the theoretical and clinical knowledge needed to practice as an entry level Master of Family Therapy (MFT) as measured by achieving a score of at least 66% correct on the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Regulatory Board Practice Examination in either their first or second attempt. The benchmark for this outcome is 75% of students will achieve a passing score as indicated above, and 75% of students at least meet the expected score on the rubric associated with academic course assignments linked with this outcome.
- Students will demonstrate mastery of key clinical skills required to practice as an entry level Master of Family Therapy, as reflected in the five domains of the Core Competencies of Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education, as measured by an aggregate score of three (out of four) or higher on the department Practicum Evaluation Form. The benchmark for this outcome is 75% of students will achieve at least a score of three or higher on this instrument in their final evaluation.
- Students will learn to work effectively with culturally diverse clinical populations as measured by an aggregate score of three (out of four) on the diversity subscale of the Practicum Evaluation Form. The benchmark for this outcome is 75% of students will achieve at least a score of three or higher on this instrument in their final evaluation.
- Students will demonstrate competency in critically reviewing the scientific literature in the field of couple and family therapy as measured by a grade of Meets Expectations or better on the scientific literature review section of the Master’s Project. The benchmark for this outcome is 75% of students will achieve at least a score of Meets Expectations or higher on this rubric.
- Students will demonstrate competency in practicing within the scope of the AAMFT Code of Ethics as measured by:
- Receiving a P on their presentations of ethical principles during their practicum orientation
- Receiving a grade of at least a B on the ethics assignment from the course Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues in Couple and Family Therapy
- Receiving an aggregate average score of least three (out of four) on the ethics subscale of the Practicum Evaluation Form. The benchmark for this outcome is 75% of students will achieve the stated criteria for these measures in their final evaluation.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to collaborate with other healthcare professionals as measured by their aggregate team member ratings of at least three out of four on the Peer/Self Evaluation in the Health Mentors Program. The benchmark for this outcome is that the mean score for students in the department on this assignment will meet the minimum requirements outlined above.
Historically, 80% of the students admitted to the Program will graduate within two years of matriculation.
The Alumni Survey and State Licensure data show that:
- 75% of alumni achieve licensure as an MFT within six years of graduation
- 75% of alumni have attained employment in the field of MFT or they have been admitted to a doctoral program in MFT within one year of graduation
- 60% of alumni have made contribution to the field of Couple and Family Therapy in one or more of the following ways:
- Professional or lay presentation
- Lay or professional publication
- Achievement of AAMFT Approved Supervisor status
- Advanced academic degree attainment in the field of MFT within six years of graduation
- 75% of alumni work with culturally diverse clinical populations and also report the Program equipped them to work confidently with culturally diverse populations
Faculty will demonstrate:
- Excellent teaching skills. The benchmark is faculty receiving an aggregate average score of four (out of seven) or higher each semester on the student course evaluations covering course quality, assignment quality, instructor quality and diversity competency.
- Excellence in teaching diversity related issues. The benchmark is faculty receiving an aggregate average score of four (out of seven) or higher on their student course evaluations in the area of diversity issues covered.
- Excellence in supervisory skills. The benchmark is the program supervisors maintaining a 100% rate of being either an AAMFT Approved Supervisory or meeting the qualifications of being eligible to provide supervision for MFT licensure in Pennsylvania under the Pennsylvania Licensure law.
Faculty will also:
- Demonstrate a commitment to clinical practice as measured by an 80% rate of ongoing practice participation.
- Contribute to the field of Couple and Family Therapy through at least one of the following each academic year as measured by a score of one or more on the Faculty Contribution Rubric:
- Professional or lay presentation
- Professional or lay publication
- Participation in MFT based research
- Community service
Graduation Outcomes/SAC Data
COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data for the Master's in Couple & Family Therapy
Minimum Program Length*: [2 Years]
Advertised Program Length*: [2 Years]
Maximum Time To Complete Program*: [2.4 Years]
|Year Students Entered Program**||# of Students in Program (optional)||Graduation Rate
|Graduation Rate (Advertised
|Job Placement Rate***||National Exam Pass Rate ****(*)|
(*)Information based only on the students who have reported to have taken the national exam.
*Minimum length of time is the shortest time possible that a student could complete the program (i.e., a student doubled up on coursework one semester and was able to graduate early). Advertised length of time is how long the program is designed to complete as written. Maximum length of time is the maximum allowable time in which a student could finish the program (i.e., if a student needed to take time off due to illness, family responsibilities, etc.).
**Programs are only required to provide data on the past 10 years/cohort or since the program was initial accredited, whichever is shorter.
***This is defined as the percentage of graduates from the cohort year listed that are employed within 3 years of their graduation utilizing skills learned in the COAMFTE accredited program. Master's and Doctoral programs are required to provide this information. Post-Degree programs are encouraged to share this with the public.
**** Master's programs are required to provide this information. Doctoral and Post-Degree programs are encouraged to share this with the public. For Master’s programs only, COAMFTE has established a benchmark of 70% pass rate for each cohort.