Because we believe teachers have to be able to DO before they can TEACH, this course is required of everyone seeking the master's degree for scholastic media educators. This course contains students with a variety of backgrounds in prior journalistic writing courses and with a variety of previous experience – both as commercial journalists and as scholastic journalism teachers/advisers. Sometimes, the material presented here will be review. When that is the case, students quickly brush up on the concepts and then focus on how they will most effectively teach these concepts to their students. Scholastic journalism teachers/advisers have tried and true classroom techniques to share with classmates, but they will also stretch their imaginations to develop new and perhaps even better ways to teach these concepts to their students.
Online Master's Degree for Journalism Educators
In 2007, Kent State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication became the first journalism school in the country to offer a Master of Arts degree for journalism educators that is entirely online. The program emphasizes skills and theory teachers can study today and use in their classrooms tomorrow.
From the latest technology for multi-media story telling to gaining strategies to protect students' First Amendment rights, the range of course content covers what teachers and media advisers need to know to be effective 21st century journalism educators.
WHY PURSUE THIS DEGREE?
Credibility as a teacher in the journalism classroom or as an adviser for student media is vital. A master’s degree from an accredited journalism school offers that, plus the continuing education that school districts demand.
WHY CHOOSE KENT STATE?
Our School of Journalism and Mass Communication is accredited and has a national reputation for excellence.
Rigorous coursework ensures no one can question the validity of your degree. In fact, you may find yourself working harder because of all the resources at your fingertips.
We offer the only completely online master’s degree for educators through a School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Kent State is home to the Center for Scholastic Journalism. Center staff includes Knight Chair for Scholastic Journalism Mark Goodman, Director Candace Perkins Bowen and Assistant Director John Bowen.
Students get to know their instructors and classmates through real-time chats, threaded discussions and interactive technology.
Coursework focuses on concepts and lessons that can be used in participants’ classrooms right away.
Students enrolled in this program pay the in-state tuition rate.
For details of admissions requirements, see the Graduate Admissions website here: https://www.kent.edu/graduatestudies/admissions-criteria
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND CREDIT HOURS
For a complete list of the current course requirements, see the university catalog: http://catalog.kent.edu/colleges/ci/jmc/journalism-mass-communication-ma/
Required Course Courses (18)
Required Professional Courses** (6)
Choose From the Following List** (12)
* JMC 60199/6029 Thesis I, II are options but not recommended for online students
** Some courses are being taught as Special Topics but will eventually have a specific course number. Until that time, they are JMC 60195 and then a section number.
WORDS FROM STUDENTS
"The Online Master’s in Journalism program from Kent State provides me with opportunities that would not normally be available for me in my area and on my schedule. As I teach daily it provides me with invaluable resources to share with my students. While I learn, my students also learn. In addition the program provides an opportunity for me to take courses from a university on my time. The professors understand our busy schedules and are available to answer questions whenever they may occur.”
Prince George High School
Prince George, Virginia
“My master's degree in journalism from Kent State is allowing me to find out more about new laws and writing techniques that let me enhance learning for my students.”
GlenOak High School
For details about the Master of Arts program, contact:
Candace Perkins Bowen
Director, Center for Scholastic Journalism