TEACHING JOURNALISM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES – NATIONAL INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS UPDATE
No two states are exactly alike in what they require for someone to teach journalism at the middle or high school levels. Also, finding information regarding these requirements can sometimes be difficult when searching through various education department websites. Therefore, the Center for Scholastic Journalism has put together an easy-to-access, information-packed "Journalism Teaching Accreditation Requirements" document that shows each state’s requirements.
Should you require more information regarding teaching journalism within each state, click on a state’s Department of Education link below and contact the department directly.
WHO MIGHT FIND THIS USEFUL?
- Current journalism educators considering a move to a new state who wish to remain in the journalism education field;
- Journalism education majors exploring national employment options before completing their degrees (including what states require by way of additional certifications/licensures/endorsements outside of higher education);
- Journalists considering switching to a career in middle or high school journalism education;
- Educators in other fields considering a switch to journalism education (within their own state or in another state); or
- Anyone who is interested in state-level requirements for journalism educators at both the middle and high school levels.
LOOKING FOR A COMPETITIVE EDGE?
Although there are no certification or licensure processes that will give you "national journalism educator credentials," the Journalism Education Association provides two levels of general journalism certification (Certified Journalism Educator and Master Journalism Educator) that can be useful to you in your capacity as a journalism educator, no matter where you teach. One of these certifications could make a teacher more marketable while job-seeking – particularly in states that do not have journalism-specific education requirements.
View requirements for each state: