JEA Certification Requirements

Effective July 1, 2021

Certified Journalism Educator

New applicants

Cost: $60

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.

Renewal - every five years 

Cost: $10 (free to retired members)

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

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

Master Journalism Educator

New applicants

Cost: $85

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.

Renewal - every five years

Cost: $10 (free to retired members)

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

*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. Creating curriculum or staff organization resources for use by advisers and staffers at the local, state or national level. Applicants must provide links to resources and lesson plans.

D. Publishing an article or articles in a scholastic journalism publication, e.g., Communication: Journalism Education Today or hosting and/or speaking on a scholastic journalism podcast. Applicants must provide a link to the published work.

Group II

E. Participating in conventions or workshops of national, regional, state or local 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 at the national, regional, state or local level.

H. Contributing to collaborative projects that benefit advisers and staffs.

I. Completing Adobe Certification or YouScience Certifications in Digital Photography or Television Broadcasting. Each certification counts one time and cannot be repeated for future renewals. Upload a completion certificate.

J. Completing JEA Critique Training. Critique Training counts one time and cannot be repeated on future renewals. 

K. Participating in other activities that have contributed significantly to continued professional growth.

L. Serving as a JEA Mentor (MJE renewal only).

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