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Certified Journalism Educator (CJE) Application

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1. Are you renewing your existing CJE status? *This question is required.
2. Application OptionThere are three options to apply for Certified Journalism Educator.
  • Option A is for those members who have studied specifically to teach scholastic journalism with 18 hours of post-secondary coursework in journalism and mass communications that must include news writing, law and ethics, and a methods course on teaching journalism/advising student media.
  • Option B is for members who do not meet the specific course requirements under Option A, but they meet the requirement of a journalism degree and/or more than three years of experience teaching journalism/advising student media. They will take the CJE exam.
  • Option C is for JEA members who taught/advised journalism more than three years before entering the commercial or professional arena, OR with more than three years of work as a practicing journalist, sales representative, educational consultant, account manager, area manager or any other educational position with a yearbook company or other commercial or professional organization associated with JEA or NSPA.
2. Certification ExamPlease identify at which event you plan to take the certification exam. For management purposes, the Certification Committee has the final decision of whether an exam will be offered at non-JEA events. Please check the Certification Testing Calendar at jea.org to find testing sites at locations other than national conventions and JEA Adviser Institute
2. Applicant Information
3. School Information
If you would like JEA headquarters to prepare a certificate that you may award to the person who has been your instructional leader, guide or mentor, please insert the name below.
3. Local MediaJEA will send a press release to the media outlet you designate.
3. Company Information
3. Attach a current resume that shows that you have taught/advised journalism more than three years before entering the commercial or professional arena, OR have more than three years of work as a practicing journalist, sales representative, educational consultant, account manager, area manager or any other educational position with a yearbook company or other commercial or professional organization associated with JEA or NSPA.

Ensure your resume also includes your teaching and curriculum development experience (camps, classes, conventions, conferences, etc.) you have personally created and presented or attended (company-generated presentations and materials do not count).PDF file only; 1MB or less
3. Attach a letter of recommendation verifying your understanding of journalistic standards and principles from a current CJE or MJE familiar with your work. The letter should specifically include examples of
  • What the candidate regularly does to support journalistic teaching and learning.
  • Classes you may have seen the candidate teach that he or she put together (company-generated presentations and materials do not count)
  • Materials/events/ideas they may have created/contributed that help others do a good job as journalism teachers and students.
  • Anything else you feel is relevant.
PDF file only; 1MB or less
3. Upload a copy of your teaching certificate/license. If your teaching situation is one which does not require a state teaching certificate/license, you must submit a letter of employment verification on official school letterhead from a supervisor or principal who can validate your journalism teaching/advising activities. Failure to comply with this requirement will invalidate the application.PDF file only; 1MB or less
3. Please upload a copy of your transcript showing completion of 18 semester (27 quarter) credits of journalism, including course work in news writing and reporting, communications law, and publications advising.PDF file only; 1MB or less
3. Academic Background InformationPlease indicate below course work representing 18 semester (27 quarter) credits of journalism or mass communications, including course work in news writing and reporting, communications law, and a methods course for teaching journalism/advising student media. Credit may be from undergraduate or graduate courses or from workshops, independent (correspondence) study or technology classes which were taken for college credit. Transcripts are required for all course work.
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3. Required CoursesIf course titles listed above don't obviously identify the course as covering this material, provide the course number and summarize the course content briefly below. 
3. Areas of ExpertiseCertified Journalism Educators are often asked to serve as speakers and judges for scholastic journalism events. If you are willing to serve in the capacity, please check all of your areas of expertise.
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Professional Growth Activity Form

List the three professional growth activities completed since you received your last CJE recognition that have contributed most significantly to your continuing growth as a journalism educator, or if retired, to the support of journalism education. Choose one from Group I and one from Group II. The third may be from either Group I or Group II. Be sure to explain how each activity has had an impact on your teaching effectiveness.


Choose Among:

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.
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3. Activity 3