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Interested in a rewarding career as a high school or middle school journalism teacher or adviser? Ranked among the best programs in the country, Ball State’s bachelor’s degree in journalism education provides a strong foundation in journalism knowledge combined with practical teaching skills.

Because a huge part of learning how to teach is actually doing it, you’ll spend several weeks working alongside a secondary teacher, followed by 16 weeks of student teaching. At graduation, you’ll feel confident in yourself, both as an educator and journalism expert.

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What You Will Learn

This major will teach you how to:

  • plan, schedule, develop, and teach a secondary journalism class
  • advise scholastic newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, and online media
  • perform the duties of a journalist


As a journalism education major, you’ll take courses in:

  • journalistic writing and reporting
  • design and graphics
  • photojournalism
  • multimedia storytelling
  • online journalism
  • journalism teaching methods

You'll also take several education courses within Ball State’s nationally renowned Teachers College, where you’ll learn about classroom management, diversity education, education reform, education psychology, and more.

From helping coordinate or teach at J-Day to working one of our well-known journalism workshops, you’ll have lots of chances to practice and refine the skills you acquire in the classroom.

For a complete list of all the courses you will need to take and their descriptions, consult our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Journalism Education?

A major in journalism education will prepare you to teach the subject as a:

  • Middle School Journalism Teacher (Grades 5-8)
  • High School Journalism Teacher (Grades 9-12)
  • Student Media Adviser (Grades 5-12)

Paying for Your Education

Department Scholarships

On top of the dozens of scholarships the university offers its students, our department gives awards every year to its own students to recognize them for their achievements. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

Ready to take your first step to a successful career in journalism? Visit our campus to see our facilities and meet our professors and current students. Schedule your visit today or begin the application process by clicking below.

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