Did you know Indiana secondary teachers are required to hold a journalism-teaching license to teach journalism and advise student media in grades 5-12? Did you know Ball State offers a license addition in this area for non-journalism education majors and post-bac licensed educators? If you’ve ever thought teaching middle or high school journalism and advising the school newspaper, magazine, yearbook, online or broadcast media would be rewarding, this program is for you.

Candidates will complete a total of five courses (15 credits) that will provide them with the preparation they need to pass the Indiana journalism-licensing exam for grades 5-12.  As an added bonus, this license addition can be completed entirely online – thus serving the licensing needs of everyone near and far

Skills You Will Learn

  • media literacy and information research techniques
  • how to engage audiences through design
  • story interviewing, researching and writing strategies
  • student media advising strategies

Programs Requirements

This license addition program is only open to current students who are pursuing a major in a secondary teaching license area outside of journalism (e.g. English Education, Social Studies Education, Theater Education, etc.). Post-bac candidates who currently hold a bachelor’s degree and secondary teaching license in another content area are also eligible to pursue this license addition.




A few of the classes you will take include:

  • Journalistic Writing and Reporting
  • Journalism Law & Ethics
  • Visual Presentation
  • Journalism Teaching & Advising Methods

For a complete list of all classes and their descriptions, consult our Course Catalog.

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