Graduate Certificate - Journalism Education

Launching in Fall 2023, the Journalism Education Graduate Certificate at Kent State University is offered entirely online. In as little as two semesters, you can complete the program, and feel confident you understand the fundamentals of journalism education, from coaching students on media literacy and news to advocating for their First Amendment rights.

Who is this program for?

  • High School Teachers who are currently teaching journalism/yearbook classes or advising student media who want to earn additional certification
  • Media Professionals who wish to take graduate coursework so they can teach in a post-secondary setting
  • Anyone with a bachelor’s degree seeking further education and professional development at the intersection of media content and journalism training

This graduate certificate program is comprised of four classes (12 credit-hours), offering a quick pathway to school districts’ continuing education requirements or incentives for current teachers. It can also be a pathway to the full Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Program Coursework:


  • MDJ 60012: Media Law and Ethics
  • MDJ 67067: Teaching Media Literacy

Electives (Choose Two):

  • MDJ 60701: Advising Student Media
  • MDJ 66011: Reporting, Writing and Editing for Media
  • MDJ 67075: Media Content Creation
  • MDJ 67087: Advising Yearbook

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.750 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000-point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 525 TOEFL PBT score
    • Minimum 71 TOEFL IBT score
    • Minimum 74 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.0 IELTS score
    • Minimum 50 PTE score
    • Minimum 100 Duolingo English score

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.