Certification Testing

Testing for JEA certification is scheduled for 3:30-6 p.m. Friday, April 11. Tests will be given in a computer lab so test takers will have the option of handwriting or using a computer to generate their answers.

The application is at the Certification section of the JEA website. For more information contact JEA Headquarters, Kansas State University, 103 Kedzie Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506; 785-532-5532; jea@spub.ksu.edu.

Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2014, to be tested or recognized in San Diego.

CJE applicants must complete an application, provide evidence of a valid state teaching certificate and provide evidence of journalistic training from one of two options:

Option A: Copies of transcripts showing a college major or minor in journalism or mass communications, or 18 semester (27 quarter) credits of journalism including course work in news writing and reporting, communications law and publications advising. Credit may be from undergraduate or graduate courses, workshops, independent study (correspondence) or technology classes.

Option B: Provide evidence of three years, minimum, journalism teaching or advising and pass a written examination administered by JEA at a convention.

Option C: Provide evidence of three years, minimum, journalism teaching or advising, or work as a practicing journalist, sales representative, educational consultant or other position with a commercial or professional organization associated with scholastic journalism. Applicants must pass a written examination administered by JEA at a convention and obtain a letter of recommendation from a current CJE or MJE.

Test results will be sent six to eight weeks after the convention, and applicants will be notified about selection as soon as all application procedures are complete. Those passing the test in San Diego will be honored at the Washington D.C., convention, Nov. 6-9, 2014.

The CJE application fee is $60. All applicants must be current JEA members. Fees cover a portion of administration, judging, mailing, cost of pins and certificates.

Applicants for Master Journalism Educator must have earned CJE status; verify five years of journalism teaching or advising experience; submit a letter of endorsement from a supervisor; show evidence of participation in scholastic journalism professional growth activities at local, state, regional or national levels; pass the MJE exam; and submit a pre-approved project, paper or teaching unit.

Application fee for MJE status is $85. All applicants must be current JEA members.

CJE award certificates and pins or MJE plaques and pins for those who have completed requirements since the fall  convention will be presented during the Adviser Luncheon from noon-2:20 p.m. Saturday, April 12.