Accreditation is important because it means your degree is recognized as meeting the standards of the school psychology profession. The Ph.D., AAA Certification, and M.S. degree programs in School Psychology all meet some National and/or State certification standards.  Currently the School Psychology Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) until 2021. The accreditation site visit is scheduled for Spring 2014.  The Doctoral and Educational Specialist Programs are accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) through a partnership with the National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through 2021 and 2019, respectively. The Masters program in school psychometry is not accredited by APA or NASP; however, students are allowed to apply for licensure in the state of Mississippi as a school psychometrist after completing the program.  The masters program is considered to be a non-terminal program as the faculty expect students to complete either the doctoral or educational specialist degree.   

Beginning in 1997, students who do not graduate from APA accredited programs will not be eligible to apply for the professional licensure exam in Mississippi as a psychologist.  for information about the importance of attending an accredited program click here to access Specialized & Professional Accreditation: What Should I Know?

M.S. Psychometry          AAA Certification            Ph.D. Degree

AA License (MS)            NASP Accredited            APA Accredited

AAA License (MS)          NASP Accredited

AAAA License (MS)


The MSU school psychology curriculum has been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB).  The BABC requires 270 hours of approved coursework to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination.  Click here to access the BACB website at


BACB Approved Course sequence leading to the BCBA and BCBA-D



Contact information of accrediting bodies:

American Psychological Association

Commission on Accreditation

c/o Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

Education Directorate

750 First Street NE

Washington, DC   20002-4242

(202) 336-5979


National Association of School Psychologists

NASP Program Approval Board

4340 East West Highway, Ste 402

Bethesda, MD    20814

(301) 657-0270

(803) 323-2341


Mississippi Department of Education

Educator Licensure/Certification

P.O. Box 771

359 North West St.

Jackson, MS   39205  

(601) 359-3483

Behavior Analyst Certification Board

Behavior Analyst Certification Board

8051 Shaffer Parkway

Littleton, CO 80127