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Clinical Training in Music Therapy - National Roster of Internship Programs

The AMTA National Roster of Internship Programs is a systematically organized reference designed to assist music therapy students in selecting and acquiring appropriate internships after university education. In this handbook, each facility offering a music therapy internship program is identified, and basic information is presented about the agency, its music therapy department, and specific internship requirements and opportunities. The information is collected and compiled by the AMTA National Office staff. They would like to express their appreciation to the Internship Directors who were so cooperative in supplying information to complete the Handbook. Their assistance helped make the task of compiling this vast amount of information feasible.

Application to Become a National Roster Internship Site

This file contains the National Roster Internship Application and related documents to assist you in applying for a National Roster Internship program. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jane Creagan, Director of Professional Programs at 301-589-3300 or email Please download both of the following documents:

Applying to offer an AMTA-Approved Degree Program at Your University

You will need the Policies and Procedures for AMTA Academic Program Approval document, applications for bachelors and/or masters degree programs, as well as related documents to assist with the application process.  See the bulleted list below.

A non-refundable application fee of $3,500 is required. Payment must be received at the time of submission or the application cannot be processed.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jane Creagan, MME, MT-BC Director of Professional Programs at 301-589-3300 or email

Please download or print the following documents:

State Authorization for Distance Education: Implications for Internship Placements

State Guide

AMTA compiled a state guide that outlines whether state authorization may be required for internship placements outside of the home state of the college/ university. Please note that these requirements are not being imposed by AMTA; rather, AMTA is providing this information as a resource. The purpose of this state guide is to assist AMTA faculty when they are advising students in choosing an internship to identify when the university may have to take additional steps to secure required authorizations. Specific questions about the application process, fees, exemptions, and verification should be directed to the contact listed for each state. The guide includes the name and contact information for agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

The information contained in the State Guide was excerpted from a survey conducted by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) State Authorization Advisory Board in 2014. Updated contact information is available on the SHEEO website

Asteriks (*) by state names indicate that they are a member or are in the process of becoming a member of NC-SARA (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement). This body seeks to simplify how colleges and universities become authorized to offer distance education to students in other states.   SARA is designed to eliminate the wide variation of state requirements by holding all members to the same policies. For more information see:

More Information
State Authorization for Internship Placements Guide
State Authorization Required
for Clinical Placements by Out of State Universities
Authorizing Agency Contact
*Alabama Yes

Alabama Commission on Higher Education

Elizabeth C. French

*Alaska No

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

Kierke A. Kussart

*Arizona No Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

Keith Blanchard

*Arkansas No Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Alana Boles

California No

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

Leeza Rifridi

*Colorado No Colorado Department for Higher Education

Heather DeLange

Connecticut No Connecticut Office of Higher Education

Patricia Santoro

*Delaware Yes Delaware Department of Education

Teacher and Quality Development

*District of Columbia Yes

District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission

Required to request a conditional exemption

Florida No

Florida Department of Education, Commission for Independent Education

Sam Ferguson

Georgia Yes

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Carl G. Camann, PhD

*Hawaii No Hawaii Post-Secondary Ed Authorization Program

Bobbi Lum‐Mew

*Idaho Yes
(case by case basis)
Idaho State Board of Education

Valerie Fenske

*Illinois Yes (no approval required for school from SARA state) Illinois Board of Higher Education

Dr. Dan Cullen

*Indiana No

Indiana Board for Proprietary Education/Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Ken Sauer

*Iowa Yes Iowa College Student Aid Commission

Carolyn Small

*Kansas Yes Kansas Board of Regents

Jacqueline Johnson

*Kentucky Yes Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Sarah Levy, JD

*Louisiana Yes Louisiana Board of Regents

Emily C. Saleh

*Maine No Maine Department of Higher Education

Angel Martinez Loredo

Maryland Yes Maryland Higher Education Commission

Monica Wheatley

Massachusetts No Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

Academic Policy Staff

*Michigan No

State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Michael Beamish, Manager

*Minnesota Yes Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Betsy Talbot

*Mississippi No Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation

Menia Dykes

*Missouri Yes Missouri Department of Higher Education

Rusty Monhollon

*Montana No Montana U. System, Office of the Commission of Higher Education

State Authorization Compliance Agent

*Nebraska No Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Post- Secondary Education

Kathleen Fimple

*Nevada Yes Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education

David Perlman

*New Hampshire Yes New Hampshire Dept. of Education, Division of Higher Education-Higher Ed Commission

Patricia Edes

New Jersey No New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education

Eric Taylor, Esq

*New Mexico Yes New Mexico Higher Education Department

Diane Vigil‐Hayes

New York Yes New York Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision

Carol Yates

*North Carolina Yes University of North Carolina Board of Governors

Terrence Scarborough

*North Dakota No North Dakota University System

Tanya Spilovoy

*Ohio Yes Ohio Board of Regents

Matt Exline

*Oklahoma No Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Daniel Archer

*Oregon Yes Office of Degree Authorization

Juan Baez-Arevalo

*Pennsylvania No Pennsylvania Department of Education

Patricia Landis

Puerto Rico Yes Puerto Rico Council on Education

Dr. Blanca Rivera

*Rhode Island No Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education

Michael Walker Jones

*South Carolina No South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

Renea Eshleman

*South Dakota No South Dakota Secretary of State Office

Krista J. Rounds

*Tennessee Yes Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Lindsey Vaughan, Esq

*Texas Yes Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Cathie Maeyaert

*Utah Yes Utah Division of Consumer Protection

Marla Winegar

*Vermont No Vermont State Board of Education

Cathy Hilgendorf

*Virginia No State Council for Higher Education in Virginia

Sylvia Rosa-Casanova

*Washington Yes Washington Student Achievement Council

Karen Oelschlager

*West Virginia Yes West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Mark Stotler

*Wisconsin No Wisconsin Education Approval Board

David C. Dies

*Wyoming Yes Wyoming Department of Education

Elaine Marces




updated 12/16/16






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