With this distinction, Alcorn was the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the state of Mississippi to be accredited by CAEP.
CAEP is the national accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. CAEP determines which schools, colleges, and departments of education meet rigorous national standards in preparing new and experienced teachers and other school specialists for the classroom and/or other P-12 service.
Alcorn State University is also accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor's, Master's, and Specialist in Education degrees.
The School and university also holds membership in the following organizations:
- American Council on Education
- Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)
- American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)