May 21, 2020


AATA is pleased to announce that two art therapy master’s programs received initial accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) this spring. The CAAHEP Board approved the accreditation recommendation by the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) for the Master of Science in Creative Arts Therapy, Art Therapy Specialization program at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York in March and the Art Therapy/Counseling program at Springfield College in Springfield Massachusetts in May 2020.

To date, 14 art therapy programs have received initial accreditation:



The AATA is proud to sponsor the CAAHEP accreditation process managed by the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE). As the quality review of master’s level art therapy programs continues to transition over the next several years, it is important to remember that both AATA approved and newly CAAHEP accredited programs prepare their students for entry-level skills and post-graduate certification as an art therapist.