The College of Education and Psychology maintains academic standards that merit national programmatic accreditation and/or national recognition.
- The Professional Education Unit, which encompasses all educator preparation programs at Southern Miss, is a charter member and has been continuously accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954. The programs are also accredited through the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) following the Mississippi Educator Preparation Program Accreditation (MEPPA) Review.
- The Special Education licensure program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC); the Elementary Education program is nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI); the Educational Administration preparation programs are nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC); and the Master of Reading Education is nationally recognized by the International Reading Association (IRA).
- Academic programs in Child and Family Studies are accredited as appropriate by discipline. Programs have been accredited by the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) since 1977, the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) since 1991, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 1995.
- The School of Library and Information Science has been accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1980.
- The doctoral programs in clinical (1979), school (1979), and counseling psychology (1983) have been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) for over 30 years.