NEW ONLINE PROGRAM ALERT - Journalism Education Graduate Certificate


The online Journalism Education graduate certificate is for high school teachers who currently work as advisers in scholastic media programs in their high school schools, as well as media professionals seeking to take graduate coursework to facilitate future opportunities toward teaching in the post-secondary space.

The certificate is offered entirely online and is fashioned using information and guidelines from the School of Media and Journalism’s Center for Scholastic Journalism, a national clearinghouse for information for and about student journalists and their advisers, a research center on issues affecting scholastic media and an advocate for student press freedom, supported by an endowment from the John F. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Coursework in the certificate program combines the pedagogy and media content students need, and they can take to their classrooms from day one. From coaching a novice journalism student about news norms and routines to sharing strategies for protecting students’ First Amendment rights, students will learn what they need to know to be effective journalism educators and advisers at the high school and post-secondary levels. Students can complete this certificate in as little as two semesters.

Part-time Students Complete Certificate in as Little as Two Semesters

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.

NEW CERTIFICATE! Enroll today in the Journalism Education Graduate Certificate program at Kent State University

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Recognize and advocate for the importance of journalism education to the future of journalism.
  2. Employ best practices in journalism education.
  3. Articulate the role of media in a democratic society.
  4. Demonstrate fundamental journalism skills through the production of media content.
  5. Analyze and engage with the dynamics of the changing contemporary media environment.
  6. Discuss the fundamentals of media literacy and relate them to the context of journalism education.

For more information on Kent State’s Online Journalism Education Certificate, visit

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