JEA Certification Requirements

Effective August 1, 2020

Certified Journalism Educator

New Applicants

Eligibility: current JEA member

Application requirements: resume and letter of recommendation

Test: Score a 75% or higher on the CJE exam including at least 75% on the law and ethics section within one year of application. Test scores are kept for one year. 

Test Retakes: If an applicant does not pass the first attempt of the test, the applicant may retake the test once for free if it is done within one year of the original application date. Applicants who score at least 75% or higher on the exam, but who do not score at least 75% on the law and ethics section, may retake that one section within one year of the original application. Any retake after one year of the original application will require the applicant to reapply and submit a $25 reapplication fee. 

*Applicants who do not take the test within one year of the application will need to restart the application process.

Cost: $60

Renewal - every five years 

*members who let their certification lapse beyond six months will have to retake the exam

Application requirements: three professional growth activities (see list provided)

Cost: $10

Master Journalism Educator

New Applicants

Eligibility: current CJE status and at least five years of teaching/advising experience 

Application requirements: resume, letter of recommendation, three professional growth activities, proposal for MJE project and integrity statement

Project: Successful completion of approved project within one year of the application. Applicants who do not complete the project within one year of application will need to reapply. The reapplication fee is $25 if the application is submitted within two years of the original application. After two years, applicants will need to restart the application process, which includes retaking the test and submitting a new project proposal. 

Test: Score a 75% or higher on the MJE exam, including at least 75% on the law and ethics question, within one year of application. Applicants who do not complete the test within one year of application will need to reapply. Test scores are kept for two years. 

Test Retakes: If an applicant does not pass the first attempt of the test, the applicant may retake the test once for free if it is done within one year of the original application date. Applicants who score at least 75% or higher on the exam but do not score at least 75% on the law and ethics section, may retake that one section within one year of the original application. Any retake after one year of the original application will require the applicant to reapply and submit a $25 reapplication fee. 

*Applicants who do not take the test within one year of the application will need to restart the application process.

Cost: $85

Renewal - every five years

Application requirements: five professional growth activities (see list provided)

Cost: $10

*members who let their certification lapse beyond six months will have to retake the exam

*Application fees are nonrefundable. Applicants should make sure they meet requirements before submitting the application.

Professional Growth Activities

CJE renewal and new MJE applicants will choose three activities (at least one from each group)

MJE renewal will choose five activities (at least two from each group) 

The application requires the applicant to provide date(s) of participation, the sponsoring organization, a detailed description of the activity and an explanation of how the activities impacted his or her teaching effectiveness.

Group I

A. Holding elected or appointed offices in national, regional or state professional journalism education organizations. Each office counts once for the renewal period. 

B. Serving on committees of national, regional or state professional journalism education associations. Each committee counts once for the renewal period. 

C. Working on committees with responsibility for journalism curriculum, instruction, evaluation or in-service education at the district, state or national level. Each committee counts once for the renewal period. 

D. Publishing an article or articles in a scholastic journalism publication, e.g., Communication: Journalism Education Today. Applicants must provide a link to the published article. 

Group II

E. Participating in conventions or workshops of national, regional or state professional journalism education associations. Applicants must provide a description of the role they played in the meeting, which could include presenting sessions or assisting in another capacity.

F. Completing journalism courses or workshops at college or universities.

G. Judging or critiquing journalism contests for national, regional or state professional journalism education associations. 

H. Participating in other activities that have contributed significantly to your continuing professional growth.

I. Serving as a JEA Mentor (MJE Renewal only)

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