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What will I learn?

The Journalism BA/BS graduate with secondary teacher certification will receive the basic skills and knowledge required of journalism professionals, while obtaining pedagogy and educational professional development course work through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The student should obtain advising from both the advisor in Journalism and from a Curriculum and Instruction faculty mentor. Students with bachelor’s degrees who want to teach should consult the Graduate Catalog for requirements leading to certification.

The Journalism Division offers major sequences in news-editorial, public relations and the teaching of high school journalism. Students choose one sequence and complete a minor in the College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts. News and public relations majors take common core courses in mass communication, law of the media, ethics of the media and interactive media. News majors with an interest in newspapers, magazines and web/online writing careers complete skills courses in writing, editing, and design. Public relations students pursue upper-level classes in the principles of public relations, case studies, writing for public relations and public relations campaigns. Both sequences require an approved internship during the junior and senior year. Students who wish to teach must complete a set of required courses in the Division and certification requirements within the College of Education to teach at the high school level.

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$21,634.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts

Texas A&M University-Commerce,



75429, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a high school. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Required scores: 80 (Internet-based TOEFL), 550 (paper-based TOEFL) or 6.5 IELTS.

For international students

International applicant must have a completion of a course of study equivalent to that required of a U. S. citizen. For Freshman Admission, high school transcripts need only be evaluated to determine U.S. high school equivalency.

The applicant must be adequately proficient in English to pursue a course of study at the University.

  • A score of at least 550 paper based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • A score of at least 213 computer based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • A score of at least 79 Internet based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • IELTS: Overall band 6.0 or Higher

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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