Child Development & Family Relations
       Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Standards and Accreditations
Student Learning Outcomes
Student learning outcomes for students include the following:
  • Discuss the historical and contemporary theoretical foundations in the MFT field.
  • Articulate a personal model of therapy based on established theories.
  • Summarize theories common to individual and family development and family relations.
  • Demonstrate an established professional identity as a marriage and family therapist
  • Summarize legal and ethical issues affecting clinical practice.
  • Complete the didactic client contact and supervisory requirements for the program.
  • Extend theories and models into effective systemic clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate an ability to systemically assess, diagnose, and treat clients with a wide variety of presenting clinical problems using a collaborative lens.
  • Illustrate use of a collaborative lens when working with clients, collateral contacts, supervisors, and other professionals.
  • Identify and examine personal beliefs, biases, and values as a foundation for appreciating and respecting diversity.
  • Interpret and respectfully discuss issues of diversity and social justice (e.g., gender, age, socioeconomic status, culture/race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, spirituality, and religion) and how these issues impact therapists, colleagues, supervision, and clients’ lives.
  • Locate, critique, integrate, and report on the extant clinical literature in chosen or assigned areas of study.
  • Describe and differentiate the basic elements of qualitative and quantitative methodology.



Established in 1988, the master's program in marriage and family therapy (MFT) at East Carolina University (ECU) was the first MFT program in North Carolina that was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The program was last reaccredited in November of 2007.


Individuals who wish to practice in North Carolina as marriage and family therapists are required to be licensed by the North Carolina Marriage and Family Therapy State Board. In addition to completing the required course work and 500 hours of client contact, graduates from the program must complete an additional 1,000 hours of client contact and 25 (or more) hours of supervision from an AAMFT Approved Supervisor before becoming eligible to take the National Marriage and Family Therapy Examination. Additional information on licensure may be obtained by contacting the marriage and family therapy licensure board of the state in which the graduate expects to practice.  
Current Enrollment  

Our student body reflects and honors cultural awareness, sensitivity, and make up through racial, ethnic, age, ability, sexual identity, gender, and religious differences.

15 Second Year Students
10 First Year Students
19 Female
6 Male
2 African American
2 Asian American
1 Native American
1 Hispanic American
19 White-Non Hispanic

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