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. Applicants who do not complete the test within one year of application, will need to reapply. Test scores are kept for one year. 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 six months of the original test. Otherwise, the applicant will need to reapply.
Cost: $60

Renewal — every five years for current JEA members
*members who let their certification lapse will have to retake the exam
Application requirements: three professional growth activities
Cost: $10

Master Journalism Educator
New Applicants

Eligibility: current JEA member with 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.
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 one year. 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 six months of the original test. Otherwise, the applicant will need to reapply.
Cost: $85

Renewal — every five years for current JEA members
Application requirements: five professional growth activities
Cost: $10
*members who let their certification lapse will have to retake the exam

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)

Group I
A. Holding elective or appointive offices in national, regional or state professional journalism education organizations.
B. Serving on major committees of national, regional or state professional journalism education associations.
C. Working on committees with responsibility for journalism curriculum, instruction, evaluation or in-service education at the district, state or national level.
D. Publishing an article or articles in a scholastic journalism publication, e.g., Communication: Journalism Education Today.

Group II
E. Participating in meetings of national, regional or state professional journalism education associations.
F. Completing journalism courses or workshops at college or universities.
G. Participating in workshops or in-service activities sponsored by JEA or other 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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