Must the graduate study courses come specifically from a COAMFTE approved program?

No, the graduate course of study does not need to be Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Education (COAMFTE) accredited in order to qualify for the LMFT license in Virginia.  At the same time, if you have graduated from a COAMFTE accredited MFT program, all of your educational requirements are considered to be fulfilled.  However, it is a growing trend for some employers to require that LMFTs have their degree from a COAMFTE accredited program.  One prominent example of such a requirement is the Veteran’s Administration.  It is, therefore, to your benefit when your graduate program is COAMFTE accredited.

For additional information please see the Regulations Governing the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapists (8-24-2016).