Certified Journalism Educator

The Journalism Education Association wants its CJE to be an effective way for you to demonstrate your knowledge of the basics in journalism and media advising. We want you to be able to speak to multiple aspects of this career, including journalistic writing and editing, graphics and design, legal and ethical considerations as an educator in a school journalism setting. Your knowledge of the teaching/advising aspects of scholastic journalism is the emphasis of this designation.

There are three Options to apply for Certified Journalism Educator.

Because we have so many test sites and deadlines, we process applications submitted after a deadline (i.e. Feb. 1 for spring convention) on the next deadline (i.e. June 1 for JEA Advisers Institute, and Sept. 1 for fall convention).  

Option A is for JEA members who went to college to study how to teach high school journalism with 18+ hours of journalism credits (secondary journalism education major or minor), including three specific required courses in journalism law/ethics, news writing/reporting and journalism education teaching methods classes.

Option B is for JEA members without all the credentials for Option A but who have taught/advised journalism for a minimum of three years. They will take the CJE exam.

Option C is for JEA members associated with commercial/business or professional enterprises with a scholastic journalism connection for a minimum of three years. They will take the CJE exam.

JEA hopes this exam allows the Certification Committee to assess fairly and consistently the abilities of JEA members who seek CJE status under Options B and C.

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