ERIC Number: ED229779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Certification of Journalism Teachers: A Survey of the States.
Gotshall, Richard C.
A survey of all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and American Samoa was conducted to determine each area's recommendations on coursework leading to the licensing of secondary school journalism teachers. Each area's current teacher certification bulletin was consulted, where possible, or the chief certification officer was contacted and asked to answer a short set of questions such as whether the area granted a special license in journalism, and, if so, whether there were specific recommendations concerning coursework. More than half the units surveyed (29 states plus Guam) required a specialized license for full-time teachers of journalism and journalism-related subjects. However, it was not clear how much journalism could be taught without holding the specialized license or even without any academic training at all. The requirements for a specialized license varied from state to state: some require simply a departmental major from an institution involved in teacher education while others mandate a particular sequence of courses. The results suggest a need for a standard for each state to follow. (The various requirements for each area are presented in list form at the end of the paper.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (66th, Corvallis, OR, August 6-9, 1983).