Program type:

Teaching Certification

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4+ years
Credit Hours:

Develop your storytelling and strategic communication skills and prepare to educate the students of tomorrow.
UNT's Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a Journalism Teacher Certification combines courses offered through the Mayborn School and the College of Education to prepare students to teach basic journalism courses and supervise secondary school newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, radio and television stations and online media. Students learn about the issues unique to teaching and reporting in grade 8-12 environments. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to sit for the certification examinations in journalism.

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Why Earn a Journalism Degree with Teacher Certification?

Developed in close partnership with industry, the Mayborn School of Journalism curriculum gives students broad and diverse skills for work in multiple media platforms. Students develop the skills needed to analyze, evaluate and inform a global audience, as well as to consider the ethical implications of mass communication and its impact in today's world. Mayborn students have access to multimedia labs featuring state-of-the-art computers, software and video equipment. The school emphasizes curriculum and career advising and mentoring by professionally trained faculty and staff.

Students select courses from six journalism concentrations and receive comprehensive instruction from faculty with extensive professional experience in broadcast, print, digital news, advertising and public relations.

Courses prepare you for a career teaching 8-12 level students in a variety of areas, including yearbook, newspaper, broadcast, news production, copywriting, producing and all other areas of high school journalism. You will gain practical field experience through a practical internship, as well as student teaching.

Marketable Skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • How to collect, analyze and interpret information
  • Knowledge of media operations
  • Storytelling with graphic design/visual materials
  • Teamwork
  • Classroom management and leadership

Journalism Degree with Teacher Certification Highlights

UNT is located within the fifth-largest media market in the country, offering access to numerous outstanding internship opportunities at advertising agencies throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
While working toward your degree, you will receive hands-on experience through coursework, cutting-edge classrooms and labs and extensive student-run media outlets such as SWOOP, North Texas Daily and NT Daily Radio.
Our student organizations are regularly recognized as among the best in the nation and provide students with valuable connections, mentorship opportunities and the chance to learn from alumni and other working professionals.
Explore international media systems, including the press, magazines, broadcasting and online media, and earn credit hours through our study abroad opportunities.
The Mayborn faculty brings more than 400 years of combined experience in real-world settings to our classrooms to inform and inspire our nearly 1,000 students. And Mayborn alumni work at the heart of some of the world's leading media and communications companies.
The Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT is among the nation's top schools for journalism and mass communication, with undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students for careers in print and digital journalism, broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations and photojournalism.

What Can You Do With a Journalism Degree with Teacher Certification?

A career in journalism is exciting, dynamic and critical to the future of an informed and enlightened American society. The Mayborn School of Journalism provides students with the creative and critical-thinking skills to prepare them to work in fields including:

  • Journalism — News and sports reporting, writing, visual journalism (stills and video), design, and publishing for the internet, newspapers, broadcast, magazines and books
  • Advertising — For agencies, corporations, nonprofit organizations and media
  • Public Relations — For agencies, corporations, government and non-profit organizations
  • Internet — Web and desktop publishing, podcasting and blogging
  • Education — Teaching in secondary schools or institutions of higher learning

By getting your certification in journalism, you will also be prepared to begin a career in teaching.

Journalism Degree with Teacher Certification Courses You Could Take

News Reporting and Writing (3 hrs)
Continued practice in news gathering and writing to develop news judgment, build writing skills and handle complex news stories. Includes regular campus beat and special assignment reporting. Also examines the editor’s role in news copy, with emphasis on writing quality, copy editing, AP style, headline and caption writing and basic graphics.
Supervising School Media (3 hrs)
For journalism teachers who plan to supervise secondary school newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, new media and radio or television outlets. Emphasis on teaching basic journalism courses, staff organization, editorial supervision, advertising sales and media business management.
Applied Design for Advertising and Public Relations (3 hrs)
Lab setting that incorporates lectures and demonstrations with hands-on experience where students learn and apply the fundamentals of core software applications used in the advertising and public relations industry. Lectures also cover an appreciation of graphic design, typography and other principles used by professionals.
Mass Communication Law and Ethics (3 hrs)
Examination of law and ethics used by working journalists. Law topics include First Amendment, libel, privacy and access to information among other topics. Also examines critical ethical challenges and the ethical decision-making process in today’s changing media.
Digital Media for Journalists (3 hrs)
Fast-paced course providing students principles and practice in using digital tools to report, write, blog and produce content in multiple platforms: print, online, social, broadcast and mobile. Includes focus on role and impact of digital-first thinking and technology on journalists’ news gathering and distribution.
Mass Communication and Society (3 hrs)
Principles of mass communication including historical, economic, social, ethical and legal factors influencing the operation and content of the mass media. Impact of new technology in changing the media. A survey of mass communication areas (newspapers, magazines, advertising, public relations, television, wire services, internet and networks) and careers they offer.

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