Certification Testing

3:30-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17
Apply online by Sept. 1

All applicants must be current JEA members. Fees cover a portion of administration, judging, mailing, cost of pins and certificates.

CJE Applicants • $60

CJE applicants must complete an application, provide evidence of a valid state teaching certificate and provide evidence of journalistic training from one of three options:

  • Option A: Copies of transcripts showing 18 semester (27 quarter) credits of journalism, which must include three courses required by JEA: (1) media law/ethics, (2) writing/reporting and (3) teaching journalism/advising student media methods. Credit may be from undergraduate or graduate courses.
  • Option B: Provide evidence of at least three years’ journalism teaching or advising and pass a written examination administered by JEA at a convention.
  • Option C: Provide evidence of at least three years’ journalism teaching or advising, or work as a practicing journalist, sales representative, educational consultant or other position with a commercial or professional organization associated with scholastic journalism. Applicants must pass a written examination administered by JEA at a convention and obtain a letter of recommendation from a current CJE or MJE.

Test results will be sent about eight weeks after the convention, and applicants will be notified about selection as soon as all application procedures are complete. Those who pass the test in Seattle will be honored Nov. 18 at the Dallas convention.

MJE Applicants • $85

Applicants for Master Journalism Educator must have earned CJE status; verify five years of journalism teaching or advising experience; submit a letter of endorsement from a supervisor; show evidence of participation in scholastic journalism professional growth activities at local, state, regional or national levels; pass the MJE exam; and submit a pre-approved project, paper or teaching unit.

CJE award certificates and pins or MJE plaques and pins for those who have completed requirements since the fall convention will be presented during the Saturday Adviser Luncheon.

785-532-5532, staff@jea.org