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.
The information available through the document was updated and revised August 2011 through April 2012 and, where possible, contact information is available should you have specific questions about teaching journalism in any state. Additionally, helpful links to resources such as National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) — accredited institutions in each state is available to help round out your information-seeking in this area. Should you require more information regarding teaching journalism within each state, click on a state’s Department of Education link 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. The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has produced "Reciprocity and Acceptance of Teacher Certificates" documents for both future teachers and current teachers considering a change of state. For more details on these documents, visit the Reciprocity and Acceptance of Teacher Certificates - NCATE