ONLINE COURSE: Technical Writing 101
ONLINE COURSE: Technical Editing
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Master of Arts in Technical and Professional Communication
The MTPC program is a flexible, 30 credit-hour graduate program that prepares students for a great variety of positions as writers, editors, web designers, information developers, proposal specialists, corporate trainers, among others in this fast-growing field.
Dr. Isabelle Thompson, Coordinator, MTPC program
Department of English, Auburn University, Alabama 36849 USA
Phone: + 1 334-844-4339; Email: [email protected]
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Arizona State University
The B.S. in technical communication is the only undergraduate technical communication degree program available in the state of Arizona.
Students in the program will prepare for careers as:
- Desktop publishers.
- Information designers.
- Multimedia designers.
- Publications managers.
- Technical editors.
- Technical writers.
- Web page and intranet page designers.
Northern Arizona University
Master of Arts in English: Literacy, Technology and Professional writing
Students learn the explicit requirements to produce such documents as reports, proposals, argument papers, manuals, and web pages. They also learn about the implicit social contexts and processes in which the documents function. The program offers a mix of theory, application, and hands-on experience, including opportunities for professional internships and building an e-portfolio web site to showcase skills for potential employers or clients. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to create practical and useful documents and projects for working world audiences.
Please note that to be considered for the program, you must complete both the Graduate School Application and the Application Materials & Admission Requirements for the MA in English with an emphasis in Literacy, Technology & Professional Writing.
NAU Department of English
Liberal Arts Building 18- Room 140
PO Box 6032
Flagstaff, Arizona 86011
Phone: (928) 523-4911
Fax: (928) 523-7074
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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Master of Arts in Professional and Technical Writing
Because writing is a cross-curricular study, this program welcomes applicants from any academic discipline or profession who have the aptitude and interest necessary for success in a graduate program in nonfiction writing, nonfiction editing, and technical writing.
If you have questions about the program, the application requirements, or the status of your application, please contact
Dr. Karen M. Kuralt, Graduate Coordinator — [email protected], (501) 569-8334 or
Molly (Shuwen) Li, Assistant Graduate Coordinator — [email protected], (501) 683-7062
Department of Rhetoric and Writing
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204
Phone: (501) 569-3160
Fax: (501) 569-8279
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Cal State at Fullerton
Certificate in Technical Writing
The classes in the Technical Writing Certificate will help you develop the skills you need to succeed. You will learn how to write and edit users’ guides and manuals; reports; feasibility and usability studies; proposals; online documents; interpretations of engineering and design specifications and more.
The global economy and the continued growth of technology generate an ongoing need for a wide variety of communication materials, and a strong demand for technical writers. The Technical Writing Certificate was developed to provide a professional training resource for anyone interested in entering this field. A career in technical writing could be just what you’ve been looking for, if you have:
- Good written and oral communication skills
- The ability to distill complex issues down to easily understood language
- Careful attention to detail
- Good organization skills
- A background in science, technology, medicine or the law
The Certificate in Technical Writing consists of six courses totaling 165 hours of lecture and hands-on experience. The certificate graduate will receive 16.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), a nationally recognized unit used for professional development.
California State University – Channel Islands
Certificate in Technical Writing
The Certificate in Technical Writing provides an opportunity for students from various disciplines to pursue interests in Technical Writing, and the certificate will prove valuable in a variety of career choices. The culmination of the certificate is the Project/Seminar course, which may be an internship or a project the student chooses in consultation with his or her advisor.
Courses may not fulfill the required sequence in the Literature and Writing major as well as count toward the certificate.
California State University – Chico
Technical Writing Certificate
Word Processing Experience
While the program does not yet teach word processing or formally require it, technical writers on the job regularly use automated equipment. Moreover, the industry trend is beyond word processing into graphics preparation and publication design. So for now, it remains the responsibility of the individual student to learn the use of the electronic tools. The program coordinator will aid in identifying and arranging opportunities to develop the appropriate skills.
Application and Admission
Since the Technical Writing Certificate must operate beneath a limited enrollment ceiling, for logistical reasons, admission will be competitive, based on proof of writing skills, technical competency, and professional commitment. Students seeking admission to the program should complete the prerequisite courses and ENGL 130 or ENGL 175 before applying to the Certificate Coordinator.
California State University – Dominguez Hills (ONLINE PROGRAM)
Online Technical Writing Certificate
“The online Technical Writing Certificate of Completion introduces students to the many aspects of contemporary technical writing practices and helps them develop the skills and confidence to communicate complex technical concepts simply and effectively. Students can take individual courses or the entire series to complete the certificate.”
Fundamentals of Technical Communication
This 9-week course examines the basic requirements of technical style and organizational patterns used in a variety of business and technical documents. Students learn and practice how to condense extensive information into the fewest words possible without sacrificing content. The class also covers how to identify the audiences and apply various styles to each.
Advanced Technical Communications
This 9-week course further examines the concepts learned in the “Fundamentals” course. Students hone their skills by writing various types of proposals, informal and formal reports, procedures manuals and oral presentations.
The final 9-week course gives students a command of the design principals and production processes required for truly effective technical communications. Students will design manuals, procedures handbooks and instructional materials. Students will be required to complete a capstone project that incorporates every aspect of technical writing learned in the program.
California State University – East Bay
Technical Writing Curriculum
To earn a certificate in Technical Writing, you must complete 1 required course. The course is approximately 80 hours. You have six months to complete it but can have that time extended as need.
UCLA Extension (ONLINE PROGRAM)
“Now you can acquire the technical communication skills and certification you want from the nation’s largest single-campus continuing education program-in the comfort of your own home or office.
Mention that you are an STC member and it gets even better: effective through September 1, 2003, you will receive a $50 discount for one online class per quarter.”
- Foundation Skills of Technical Writing (Online)
- Technical Writing (Online)
- Technical Editing (Online)
- Information Design (Online)
While the above courses are offered regularly, the curriculum as a whole is dynamic, with new courses being introduced in response to the special needs of those in the field. The following are courses that, in addition to the above, have typically been offered as part of this program:
Other Courses in the Curriculum
- Creating Readable Documents (Online)
- Technical Writing for the Web (Online)
- Introduction to Policies and Procedures Communication (Online)
- International Technical Communications (Online)
- Introduction to Project Management (Online)*
- Project Management Communications (Online)*
- Project Estimating (Online)*
- Writing Effective Proposals (Online)**
- Managing Effective Proposals (Online)**
- Making Sense of Knowledge Management (Online)
*These courses are particularly helpful when taken sequentially.
**These courses are particularly helpful when taken sequentially
University of California – Riverside – UCR Extension
UCR Technical Writing Certificate
The Technical Writing Certificate was introduced in 1998 in response to the growing demand to more effectively communicate technical material through manuals, reports and online documentation. The program design provides an integrated curriculum covering principles and practices commonly used in technical environments. The program is designed for those who are looking to accent their current careers or enter an entirely new career focusing on technical writing.
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University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension
You can excel in the technical writing field with training and education provided by UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley. The comprehensive certificate program covers state-of-the-art resources, tools, and knowledge needed to advance a successful career and maintain certification.
Technical communicators work in a variety of fields and professionals must expand their skills to keep pace with the needs of Silicon Valley’s most innovative companies. Whether addressing advanced topics or grammar basics, our comprehensive program centers around information usability trains superb technical communicators at all levels in all disciplines.
The program is structured into five modules of courses, each catering to a different need and expertise within the professional community:
- Technical Communication Fundamentals
- Engineering Communication
- Project Leadership
- Advanced Topics in Communication
- Tools and Technologies
Take individual courses to expand or update specific skills, or pursue the certificate for comprehensive training from the professionals who helped define the profession in.
De Anza College
Technical Writing Certificate
Technical writers play an essential role in many of the highly technical businesses in Silicon Valley. The ability to write clear and concise documents, manuals, memos, and reports is the key to career success as a technical writer—and success as an executive, manager, marketer, salesperson, or engineer as well!
The Technical Writing Department (TWRT) at De Anza offers an exciting opportunity to study the field of technical communications. The courses are taught by professionals with years of industry experience. As students advance through the TWRT program, they master increasingly complex material, progressing from writing short documents to preparing camera-ready manuals. Classes explore career and professional opportunities through research and interaction with industry professionals.
San Diego State University
Certificate Program in Professional Writing
For more info visit http://rhetoric.sdsu.edu/tcomm/index.htm
Advanced Certificate in the Teaching of Writing
Offered by the Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, the Advanced Certificate in the Teaching of Writing provides opportunities for teachers, scholars, and other professionals to expand their knowledge of rhetoric, expository texts, and composition instruction.
For more info visit http://rhetoric.sdsu.edu/cert_teaching_writing/index.htm
San Francisco State University
Technical Communication Proficiency Sequence: Certificate
Certificate of Completion
To earn a Technical Communication Proficiency Sequence certificate of completion, you would take four courses (12 units). You could finish after attending part-time, two evenings a week for just two consecutive semesters.
Your coursework would include both an introduction to fundamental forms, methods, standards, and issues for technical writers, plus dedicated practice in designing and producing technical publications. In addition, you could choose electives focused on editing, desktop publishing, online writing, promotional writing, or advanced topics. You would earn full college credit for all of these courses.
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Vancouver Island University (ONLINE PROGRAM)
“Almost every product on the market today comes with documentation produced by technical writers. Organizational processes, project status reports, technical articles, new product proposals, presentations, internet support sites–all flow from the efforts of technical writers. For that reason and more, technical communication is carving a niche for itself as a high-demand career.
These courses, part of our Technical Communication online certificate program (non-credit) examine different aspects of Technical Communication with a view towards developing the student’s expertise in a wide variety of skill areas within this career path. Students have two years to complete 5 core courses and 3 electives.”
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Colorado State University
at Fort Collins
Colorado State University’s Department of Journalism and Technical Communication offers a program in “Specialized & Technical Communication.”
The official web site says: “Students in the Specialized Communication Concentration typically share their interest in communication with interest in a specialized technical or science area. They learn to produce specialized technical information useful to diverse audiences. Such information can be related to health, environment, biological and physical sciences, business and economics, computer and information sciences, or a range of other specialties. This flexible concentration enables students to learn to write, edit, and produce such specialized content for magazines and other publications, manuals, Web sites, electronic and other media. The unique feature of this concentration is its emphasis on greater student knowledge of a specialized content area so that graduates can communicate more effectively about that area. Students choose a 21-credit option area in the area of their interest or complete a second major in the specialized area.”
Department Chair: Greg Luft
Graduate Contact: Sarah Pooler
Graduate Coordinator (MS): Craig Trumbo
Graduate Coordinator (PhD): Patrick Plaisance
Location: C240/C226 Clark Building
Degrees offered are:
B.A. JOURNALISM & TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION
Prepares students for careers in newspapers, magazines, television, radio and internet reporting, public relations, specialized and technical communication, computer-mediated communication and emerging careers related to media technology.
M.S. PUBLIC COMMUNICATION & TECHNOLOGY
Prepares graduates for careers in communication management of health, environmental, scientific or technical information; computer-mediated communication, public relations and strategic communication – or the pursuit of higher level academic work.
PH.D. PUBLIC COMMUNICATION & TECHNOLOGY
Focuses on two important concerns in society, including the role of information in the public’s understanding of contemporary issues, trends and events, and the impact of new communication technologies on citizens and professional communicators.
University of Colorado at Denver
Graduate certificate in technical and professional communication
The graduate certificate in technical and professional communication is designed for working adults who are employed or seeking employment in the field of technical communication, one of the fastest-growing sectors in today’s global, high-tech economy. Students pursuing the certificate receive state-of-the-art training in the core skills demanded by the profession including technical writing, technical editing and graphic design. The certificate also allows students to choose courses from specialized areas within technical communication, such as multimedia authoring, health risk communication and usability testing.
The graduate certificate in technical and professional communication is designed for working professionals who already have earned bachelor’s degrees but who would like to enhance or upgrade their skills in the area of technical communication. These individuals complete the certificate as nondegree students; those who decide to enroll in the MA program in communication following completion of the certificate may transfer all 9 hours of credits earned for the certificate to the master’s degree. For students already enrolled in a master’s program in communication, the certificate can be completed as part of or in addition to the course work required for the master’s degree.
For more information please visit http://catalog.ucdenver.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=1&poid=14&returnto=59
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Florida Institute of Technology
at Melbourne, FL
Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication
The master of science program in technical and professional communication stresses the development of practical, career-oriented written, oral and analytical skills necessary for success in business, industry and management, and in a wide variety of technical and professional contexts. The degree program combines theory and document analysis with practice in generating written documents in a wide variety of forms and styles, from research-based papers and academic articles to formal reports and proposals; revising and editing technical, scientific and managerial documents for a variety of professional purposes; designing and publishing professional-quality documents; and problem solving and communication-oriented decision making in collaborative team environments.
Visit http://www.fit.edu/programs/grad/ms_technical_professional_communication for more information.
University of Central Florida
at Orlando, FL
English – Technical Communication, B.A. prepares students to fill the communication needs of the business and scientific community. Students learn how to apply the principles of written, spoken, and visual communication to a wide variety of situations, using state-of-the-art software and hardware in the departmental Technical Writing Laboratory.
MASTER OF ARTS IN ENGLISH, TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION program is completely online and provides students with theoretical and applied skills in such areas as technical writing, visual design, usability, ethics, stylistics, computer documentation, international communication, and the rhetoric of science. The students of this M.A. program students come from a variety of educational backgrounds such as Psychology, Computer Science, and English. The program’s faculty members have won prestigious awards, are well published in the field, and have considerable experience in teaching online courses.
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Kennesaw State University
Technical Writing Certificates
Finally, Atlanta has a comprehensive certificate program for professional technical writers. Continuing Education at Kennesaw State University is proud to introduce the Technical Writing Certificate, Basic and Advanced levels, for technical writers who want to expand and validate their expertise.
Students in the project-oriented Basic level course produce portfolio pieces demonstrating skills in Design Principles, Styles and Formatting, Raster Graphics, Information Organization, Vector Graphics in Online Documents, Adobe Acrobat, PagePlus and FrameMaker. Students with experience may qualify to test out of the Basic certificate and proceed to the Advanced certificate. For more information about testing out, click here.
Students in the project-oriented Advanced level course produce portfolio pieces demonstrating skills in persuasive communication, assembly / operations / technical manuals, RoboHelp/Flare, desktop editing, picture editing, and vector graphic editing software. Advanced course price includes desktop editing, picture editing, and vector graphic editing software.
Mercer University, Macon, GA
Mercer University’s Master of Science in Technical Communication Management (MSTCO) program provides practicing professionals with a unique graduate experience focused on the managerial role of the technical communicator. Distinguishing the program from other technical communication graduate programs, this focus provides students with the skills and knowledge to advance their careers while adding value to employers.
Housed in Mercer’s Engineering School in Macon, Georgia, the program strives to prepare students for highly technical fields while career-applicable projects offer students opportunities to gain further experience in industry while earning their degrees. The distance learning structure of the program allows practicing professionals across the globe to collaborate and learn from a diverse set of colleagues as well as offers them the flexibility to complete the degree at their convenience.
These unique elements combine to create a value-based degree that can help you attain your professional goals and discover your place in the broad field of technical communication.
Southern Polytechnic State University
MS in Information Design and Communication
Students in the Master of Science in Information Design & Communication (MSIDC) program can take a combination of campus-based, online, and hybrid courses to fulfill their degree requirements. MSIDC students choose one of the following three program options (all of which require completion of 36 hours).
For details about our M.S. and certificate programs, contact the IDC Program Assistant, Donna McPherson, or call 678-915-7202.
English, Technical Communication and Media Arts
Southern Polytechnic State University
1100 South Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30060-2896
For more information visit http://tc.spsu.edu/Grad/pages/programs-ms.htm
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University of Kansas
Technical Communication Program
KU currently offers a full technical-communication program equivalent to a minor or certification (official KUTC Certificate coming soon). All courses are currently offered as live courses, but KU plans to begin offering them as online courses, as well, to better address the needs of working and remote students.
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Louisiana Tech University
E-Certificate in Technical Writing
The English Department at Louisiana Tech University offers a Certificate in Technical Writing and Communication that you can complete entirely online. This certificate documents the advanced oral and written communication skills that so many employers desire today, and our web-based presentation means you can participate from almost anywhere.
Training in technical writing and communication will help you write better, whether the format is a memo, business letter, technical report, or proposal. You will be more able to create clear and logically organized training materials. In addition, this level of training in technical writing and communication will help you evaluate all your documents for clarity and usability.
This graduate certificate in technical writing and communication offers benefits to people in many fields, including business, aviation, engineering, social work, language, and education. You could use the knowledge you gain from this program if any of these descriptions apply to you:
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- A B.A. in English with an emphasis in Technical Communication
- A Master’s Degree in Technical Communication
- An undergraduate- and graduate-level Certificate in Technical Communication.
The program is not geared towards those who’d like to work in the industry as professional technical communicators but rather those “who anticipate that their careers will involve a substantial amount of writing and communication.”
From the school’s web site:
“Each certificate is a five-course program intended to help students acquire a deeper understanding of technical communication and to improve their skills in the field. Both certificates enable students to choose a unified, coherent group of courses in technical communication and related fields from other disciplines that will improve their understanding of the public role of written communication and their on-the-job skills.”
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Technical Writing Certificate Program
This program will give you the skills to create effective technical documents, such as proposals, reports, descriptions, and instructions, while showing you ways to create those documents as efficiently as possible. The goal of the program is to help you create quality documents in less time.
This fifteen-hour certificate program thoroughly covers the underlying principles of effective Technical Writing while showing students how to apply those principles in creating technical documents that serve their purposes.
Illinois Institute of Technology
at Chicago, IL
Master of Science in Technical Communication and Information Design
The Master of Science in Technical Communication and Information Design focuses on communication theories and practices, workplace skills relevant to new information and communication technologies, and effective practices in collaboration and management. The degree prepares students with expertise in a wide range of tasks relevant to mid-level and advanced positions in the workplace…
For more information visit http://www.iit.edu/graduate_admission/programs/areas_of_study/tech_communication_info.shtml
Northern Illinois University
at DeKalb, IL
Certificate of Graduate Study in Technical Writing
The English department offers courses leading to a Certificate of Graduate Study in Technical Writing. This certificate recognizes successful completion of a set of courses intended to enhance the professional qualifications of technical writers. Only courses taken at NIU may be applied to the certificate. Successful completion requires a grade point average of at least 3.00 in the courses used to meet the requirements. Courses used to satisfy the requirements of the certificate may also be applied toward a graduate degree.
For more information visit http://www.engl.niu.edu/peubanks/tcniu3.htm
M.A. in English with a Concentration in Rhetoric and Professional Writing
The Department of English offers a program of studies concentrating on various aspects of professional writing. The area of study is intended for students and practicing professional who wish to develop their writing skills in order to seek or advance a career in professional writing and who wish to explore the rhetorical, linguistic, and technological context of professional writing. The area of study is also intended for students who wish to pursue the masters degree in professional writing as a stepping stone to further graduate study.
For more information visit http://www.engl.niu.edu/peubanks/tcniu2.htm
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Technical Writing Certificate
NOTICE: School of Humanities and Social Sciences are currently in the process revising all its degrees. Please contact your advisor for more information.
The Certificate in Technical Communication is intended for all students, whether they are IU East degree-seeking students, graduates with a bachelor’s degree who seek focused education in technical communication, or non-degree-seeking students with specific needs or interests in technical communication. This certificate offers you a focused program in technical and professional communication skills, an area that includes the study of technical writing and communication theory. You will produce written, electronic, and oral presentations within technical communication studies.
Technical communication is an area where many students find employment after graduation. While technical communication is a field of study offered within the field of English, many technical communication students can come from fields like the sciences, business, or humanities. The Certificate in Technical Communication is open to both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students. The certificate program can be shaped to support various technical communication specializations. Certain courses have prerequisites and you will first need to fulfill those prerequisites.
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Montgomery College, Maryland
Technical Writing Certificate
This certificate curriculum is designed for those already employed in technical positions or in related positions, seeking to move into careers in technical writing and editing or to upgrade skills in these areas. The emphasis is on tools, techniques, and procedures for developing, preparing, and producing technical documents and presentations in a work environment. Those without appropriate background must obtain the consent of an adviser before enrolling in the curriculum.
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University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Professional Writing and Technical Communication (PWTC) Program
The PWTC concentration is offered to undergraduate and graduate majors within the
Department of English and to other interested students.
The program provides practice in professional research and editing, grant writing, software and hardware documentation, report writing and business communications; it supplies hands-on training in a range of industry-standard software; and it offers an ongoing forum for the study and critique of theories and practices of information design.
The concentration consists of five courses, all of which are writing intensive. In mimicking workplace demands, students are required to meet deadlines and to work collaboratively on designated projects. No courses in the program are offered online.
For additional information contact Professor David Toomey at [email protected]
Middlesex Community College, Bedford, MA
MCC’s 125-hour Writing Technical Information Certificate is a career enhancement opportunity for individuals who want to improve their effectiveness in communicating technical information. Well-developed writing skills, and solid MS Windows computer skills are required. Classes run Thursdays evenings from 5:45-9:45 pm from February – June and September – January.
For more information:
Sheila Morin, Program Manager
Career and Community Education & Training
Middlesex Community College
591 Springs Road
Bedford, MA 01730
University of Massachusetts at Boston
What we do as technical communicators is not only “technical writing” but also a lot of “information design and development” as well.
So here is a certificate program by a good school, University of Massachusetts Boston: Information Design and Development Certificate.
The program’s web site shares this: “This program offers the fundamentals required for technical communication in the high-tech industry, as well as more advanced topics for developing and delivering effective technical information. This non-credit, online certificate program consists of four required courses, two electives, and an optional internship. Upon successful completion of each course, you will receive 3.5 CEUs.”
University of Massachusetts at Lowell
The Certificate Program in Technical Writing
Those with strong writing skills and an aptitude for computers are encouraged to enter this program. Taught by practicing professionals from the high tech industry, students learn to use the most current technologies and processes. Students enrolled in this certificate program are eligible for special internship opportunities and can apply for scholarships sponsored by the Society for Technical Communication.
in Boston, MA
Master of Science in Technical Communication
This graduate degree in technical communication is designed to enhance the skills of existing technical communicators as well as those who are looking to enter the technical communication field.
This is an online program.
While this master’s degree encourages worldwide student enrollments, it is not appropriate for international students who want to study in the U.S. on a student visa.
A proliferation of new technologies and applications has heightened the call for professionals who can communicate complex technical ideas—succinctly and articulately. In response, Northeastern University’s College of Professional Services offers the Master of Science in Technical Communication.
For more information visit http://www.cps.neu.edu/techcom/
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Ferris State University
Technical Writing Certificate
B.A. in Journalism and Technical Communication
Lawrence Technological University at Southfield, MI
Minor in Technical and Professional Communication
The technical and professional communication program emphasizes lean writing. You will learn to communicate crisply, clearly, and concisely. In keeping with the University’s motto of “theory and practice,” this program provides you with a strong academic grounding combined with practical, professional experience and hands-on projects. With a minor or certificate in technical and professional communication, for example, you will be equipped to write and edit the copy, design and publish the brochure, and give an effective presentation on your work. These skills are in high demand among today’s employers.
Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication
The Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication program emphasizes lean writing. You’ll learn to communicate crisply, clearly, and concisely. In keeping with the University’s motto of “theory and practice,” this degree provides a strong academic grounding combined with practical, professional experience and hands-on projects. You’ll do the research, write the copy, design the brochure, and give the presentation.
For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.CALL.LTU or [email protected]
For specific questions about the Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication, contact Lawrence Tech’s Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Communication at 248.204.3656 or [email protected]
Washtenaw Community College
Technical Writing Certificate
This certificate program provides comprehensive instructions for students who wish to sharpen their skills in technical communication. As a fast-track program for career changers or a foundational program for first-time professionals, this program provides the knowledge and skills necessary for writing end-user documentation such as printed manuals and online help systems.
The student will develop skill in audience analysis, tutorial, procedure, and reference guide writing; project management, document design, technical editing, usability testing, and publishing. Designed to provide the student with practical and theoretical principles of technical writing, the program prepares students for employment in a wide variety of opportunities in technical communication. To this end, students will also learn how to conduct a formal job search and create professional portfolios to better compete for jobs in the field of technical writing.
Those without previous college experience can use this certificate to seek work as interns and in co-op positions in technical writing while pursuing the Associate in Arts or Science Degrees in Technical Writing.
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University of Minnesota
in Minneapolis, MN
Technical Writing Certificate
The post-baccalaureate certificate in technical communication provides instruction for working technical and scientific communicators and graduate-level students to increase their knowledge and skills in information design and development. http://writ.umn.edu/grad/certstc.html
CONTACT: Joseph Moses, Ph.D.
Lecturer Advisor to Master of Science and Certificate Programs in Scientific and Technical Communication
Department of Writing Studies
University of Minnesota
138C Wesbrook Hall
77 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
WRIT 1301: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~moses004/
Metropolitan State University at St. Paul, MN
Technical Communication (BA)
• Design useful documents and web site content, administer usability tests, and develop strong project management skills.
• Learn in a program connected to the real world: an advisory board of practicing technical communicators gives us guidance; your instructors have real-world experience; you have many chances to complete projects with clients in their workplaces.
• Be prepared for professional employment and learn how to prepare a portfolio—a key tool for career success.
For more info:
Master of Science in Technical Communication (MS)
In addition to being useful to technical communication professionals, this program may also help people in a variety of fields, including education, graphic design, training, marketing, multimedia development, science and engineering. You learn how to use your knowledge in practical, on-the-job situations; and all of the professors combine academic excellence with their own real-world experience.
In keeping with Metropolitan State’s commitment to working adults, the master’s program in technical communication offers flexible scheduling with evening and weekend classes, and program flexibility to suit individual professional goals.
Minnesota State University at Mankato, MN
Master of Arts in English: Technical Communication Option
The graduate program in technical communication prepares students to be professional information developers, technical writers, and editors who are skilled at using the written and spoken word, along with visuals, to effectively inform and instruct a wide range of audiences. Graduates typically pursue work in industry, teaching opportunities, or doctoral studies.
All coursework may be completed in residence or online.
Candidates for the Master of Arts in English: Technical Communication Option complete a concentration within the Department of English. The core curriculum includes a combination of practical, skills-oriented coursework (such as manuals writing, web design, and technical editing) and theory-based coursework (such as technical and scientific literature and rhetorical theory courses, including visual rhetoric). All courses must be in the English department with the exception of courses approved by the technical communication faculty.
Technical Communication Program Director
Dr. Roland Nord
Minnesota State University, Mankato
230 Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN 56001
Telephone: (507) 389-5402
E-mail: [email protected]
For more information: http://english.mnsu.edu/techcomm/tcma.html
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University of Missouri – St. Louis
Technical Writing Certificate
Students earn the Certificate in Writing by completing 18 hours in selected writing courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. The technical writing emphasis provides a more career-specific strategy for students enrolled in the writing certificate program. The specific requirements for the Technical Writing Emphasis are listed below.
Courses for the certificate should be chosen with the guidance of Jeanne Allison, program coordinator (447 Lucas Hall, 516-5587, [email protected]). This form should be turned in to the coordinator and updated each semester. If the student elects to complete English 4890 as one of the courses for the certificate, he or she should schedule a meeting with the coordinator to make arrangements for this final project.
When the student has completed requirements for the certificate, the coordinator will notify the university registrar and the college from which the student will graduate. Upon the student’s graduation, completion of the Certificate in Writing will be noted on the official transcript and a certificate will be mailed to the student’s residence. Students who have graduated before completing the Certificate in Writing will receive the certificate in the mail and will have the certificate entered on their official transcripts.
Missouri University of Science and Technology
The technical communication degree, housed in the Department of English and Technical Communication, offers you an entry into a growing profession that communicates information about the purpose and operation of human tools and systems. Technical communicators work at the interface of technical experts and users of technology. Consequently, technical communicators provide an essential service to national and global societies by facilitating technology transfer.
In Missouri S&T’s unique environment, you will have opportunities to work alongside engineers and scientists in research and design projects. Also, you will be strongly encouraged to do summer internships or co-ops with companies before you graduate. At Missouri S&T you will work with first-class faculty, associate with excellent students from around the country and world, and benefit from the world-class technology.
The technical communication program offers a graduate-level minor that is open to any graduate student. The minor is designed to strengthen the written, oral, and visual communication skills of students majoring in the sciences, engineering, management, information systems, or other fields. The minor will be particularly useful for those students who will pursue the “paper option” thesis or dissertation. The minor will also be beneficial to those students who will make oral or poster presentations at technical conferences, write journal articles, prepare research proposals, design technical web pages, or prepare technical marketing information.
As an undergraduate major in technical communication, you will study both the theory and practice of communication in written, oral, and nonverbal forms. Specifically, you will learn how to produce of a variety of technical documents. You will have experience with the process of project management in a user community and become adept in audience analysis, needs assessment, document design, and team building.
This minor is a logical complement to a degree in engineering or one of the sciences. The courses you take will prepare you to design usable documents that communicate scientific and technical information effectively.
• must meet Missouri S&T regular undergraduate admission requirements
• must have completed at least 60 undergraduate college-level transferable credit hours, 42 of which must meet Missouri S&T’s general education credit policy.
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Montana Tech of the University of Montana
in Butte, MT
Master’s in Technical Communication (MS)
Students in Technical Communication will plan, develop, and complete technical communication projects in one or more fields of science and technology. This program will be practice-oriented, emphasizing a problem-solving approach that empowers people in many disciplines to communicate more effectively. Candidates are expected to bridge the complex and isolated worlds of scientific and technical specialties. Through employment of effective communication strategies, candidates will help to make those worlds more comprehensible.
Dr. Henrietta Shirk
(406) 496-4297 ENGR 209
For more information: http://www.mtech.edu/gradschl/programs/tech_comm.html
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New Jersey Institute of Technology
at Newark, NJ
The Master of Science in Professional & Technical Communication
The Master of Science in Professional and Technical Communication (MS•PTC) program prepares its students for careers in a range of professions that involve communication and technology. Students learn to approach communication issues in a scholarly and professional manner, developing abilities in critical thinking, problem solving, and navigating effectively and ethically through our scientific and technological society.
MS•PTC is an innovative program of graduate study with completely online seminars for the working professional available in an anytime-anyplace format. Students acquire an understanding of professional communication issues, information technologies, and social media while developing a comprehensive ePortfolio that demonstrates their professional skills.
For more information: http://msptc.njit.edu/about/index.php
Technical Writing Certificate
The need for technical writers capable of communicating scientific or technically sophisticated information to various audiences is well established, and technical writing skills are in demand in a wide range of fields. This certificate program is designed to give students with a science or technical background a strong grounding in the skills of oral, written, and electronic communication. In order to receive a Technical Writing Certificate, students must successfully complete a major or minor in an approved scientific or technical field (such as biology, mathematics, engineering, or computer science) and 18 credits in selected courses, including a 3-credit internship.
Students at Rutgers College can use the Technical Writing Certificate to fulfill a minor program requirement. The certificate is administered through the Writing Program as part of the English Department at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.
For further information contact the Director of Business and Technical Writing at (732) 932-9273 or [email protected] .
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New Mexico Tech
Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication
For nearly 25 years, New Mexico Tech has offered a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Technical Communication. With its strong scientific and technical emphasis, New Mexico Tech is ideally suited for this program which teaches students to apply principles of communication and problem solving in order to transfer information effectively between scientists, engineers, managers, technicians, and the general public.
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Technical Writing Certificate Program
Interested in a career in technical writing? Interested in adding something to that degree in English, History, Philosophy, Communications, Advertising, Marketing that will actually enable you to get a job? Tired of teaching school or working as a secretary? Want to put your language skills to use and do some writing in a respectable and rewarding profession? If so, the Technical Writing Certificate Program offered through Brooklyn College may be just for you!
The Brooklyn College Technical Writing Certificate Program took in its first students February 1999. It is a small program in which students have plenty of opportunity to interact with instructors. As of February 2007, people from all over the world have registered for and completed over 400 individual sections of the courses that are offered.
The Brooklyn College Technical Writing Certificate Program is an intensive eight-course program that introduces you to the essential areas in the technical communication and technical writing profession. The entire program is online: you can take the courses individually, or you can take some combination of the eight courses and earn the certificate—right in your own home and from anywhere in the world.
New York Institute of Technology
Technical Writing Certificate Program
Technical Writing is a rapidly growing and increasingly lucrative profession. A technical writer’s basic job is to translate technical information into something that the ordinary person can understand. Though writing is a big part of this profession, other skills, such as graphic design and illustration, are also important, especially because of the increasing integration of communications, computer technology and the Web.
Technical communicators are highly employable in many professions, ranging from computer software companies to medical device companies and Wall Street firms. They work as editors, researchers, writers and Webmasters, creating everything from educational and training materials to safety manuals, maps, technical reports, computer manuals, brochures, proposals, technical specifications, and marketing or public relations releases. After gaining some experience in their fields, technical writers often serve as project managers and team managers, or act as liaisons among the research, production, and marketing components of an organization.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
at Troy, NY
M.S. in Technical Communication
The M.S. in Technical Communication combines work in theory, writing, information design, and content production. Our students acquire knowledge of information and product usability, product design, rapid learning of electronic tools, and they gain practice with the information production skills needed to advance in a career as a technical communicator. Our graduates are equipped to keep up with rapid changes in information technology and in information design. Students are encouraged to complete a certificate in either Graphics or Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) as part of their degree program.
Graduates of the M.S. in Technical Communication gain design skills that resist obsolescence and the capacity to generate content for several electronically-based communication media. Whether producing web pages, multimedia tutorials, electronic wizards, or online help systems, graduates of the M.S. program enter or advance careers in industry.
For more information: http://www.llc.rpi.edu/pl/ms-technical-communication-649
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Technical Communication Certificate
Duke University needs no introduction. It’s one of the premiere learning institutions in the nation. Not only does Duke have a great technical communication certificate program but it also turns out that one of our regular readers and contributors, Larry Kunz is teaching tech comm at Duke. Larry “holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington University. He is also a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication and is active in its local chapter.”
The Benefits of the Duke Program:
- Established program created by technical communication professionals
- Exposure to multiple instructors working in different areas of technical communications
- Knowledge learned is applied to a final project required for program completion
- Final project provides a “work product” to show potential employers skills learned
- Convenient evening and weekend hours
- Certificate earned from Duke University Continuing Studies
East Carolina University
East Carolina University has a Master’s and PH.D. Program in Technical Communication offered by the English Department (C.S., thanks for the reference!).
Ph.D. in Technical and Professional Discourse (available as campus program)
MA in English, Technical & Professional Communication concentration (available as online and campus programs)
Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Professional Communication (available online)
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Cleveland State University
Technical Writing Certificate
Developed for both the traditional technical writer, as well as for any professional responsible for designing, creating, testing, and maintaining documentation in the workplace, this certificate program offers a user-focused approach to technical communication. Through a series of interactive workshops, writers and documentation professionals will learn key strategies for becoming an audience-centered communicator. Earn a Certificate in Technical Writing by completing four required courses and two elective courses.
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Gatlin Education Services (ONLINE PROGRAM)
Technical Writing – GES 217 — 80 hours
“This nationally recognized Technical Writing online distance learning course is designed for anyone who wishes to develop their technical writing abilities to a professional level. Students will learn research methods, audience considerations, style, drafting and revision techniques, how to work in a collaborative environment, and more. A variety of media and formats will be studied, including websites, emails, proposals, memos, and instructions. This Technical Writing online certificate program is only offered in partnership with major accredited colleges and universities.”
Kaplan University (ONLINE PROGRAM)
BS in Communication – Technical Writing from Kaplan University Online
This accredited university offers a wide array of courses suited to busy people who want to earn a degree via their own schedule. Quality courses, relevant material, a great platform and excellent instructors make this a great learning experience that can help you advance your career.
“Much more than an online site where information is picked up and dropped off, Kaplan, who has been educating people since 1937 in traditional classroom settings, and who has developed test preparation kits for over 3 million students, is able to offer students the opportunity to learn with fellow classmates, advisors, and professors.”
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William Penn University
ENGL 3012 Technical Writing and Research (4 Credits, 7 Weeks)
Reviews research and documentation skills needed in the business and academic setting. Through hands-on experience gained from searching online information sources, this course introduces document design, technical reports, instructional manuals, newsletters, marketing pieces and writing in the Internet environment.
Drexel University, M.S. in (Technical) Communication
Drexel University’s Master of Science in Communication prepares students for careers in a wide range of professional activities. The program specializes in three areas: technical communication, science communication, and public communication.
Technical communication is for those seeking employment as technical writers, computer documentation specialists, and training specialists. Science communication has much to offer those who aspire to medical, science, and pharmaceutical writing. A concentration in public communication leads to careers in journalism and public relations. In addition, the program provides a strong foundation in theoretical approaches to communication. This theoretical basis is designed to ensure that, as the field changes, students will continue to have an intellectual framework for evaluating and implementing new technology and changing media.
Students can attend full time or part time, they can begin the program in any academic quarter, and they can complete all coursework in the evening. The program emphasizes flexibility, encouraging each student, in consultation with a faculty advisor, to fashion a particular course of study.
The program accommodates students from widely varying educational backgrounds: Many have backgrounds in science and mathematics; an equal number come from humanities-related areas. Some students pursue their degrees while already at work at demanding jobs in technical or scientific fields; others are new to the field.
Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215-895-2000
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Austin Community College
Business & Technical Communications Program (Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science degree)
Visit http://www.austincc.edu/tcm/index.html for more details.
TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY at SAN MARCOS
M.A. in Technical Communication
The Master of Arts with a major in Technical Communication prepares students to write and communicate effectively in the rapidly changing and expanding technological and professional worlds and to pursue doctoral work in Technical Communication and related fields. With its humanities based and interdisciplinary curriculum, the program provides students a foundation in technical communication, in theories of rhetoric, composition, and in applications of information technology. This group of students worked with National Instruments.
For more information visit http://matc.english.txstate.edu/
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
1. Texas Tech offers not only a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Technical Communication but a Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) as well. How many universities you know offer that?
The full names of the Degree Programs are:
BATC: Bachelor of Arts in Technical Communication
MATC: Master of Arts in Technical Communication (onsite and online)
PhD-TCR: PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric (onsite and online)
2. The program boasts a faculty of 16 tenure-line faculty members specialize in technical communication and rhetoric, offering expertise in a range of areas.
3. The department is home to a student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly (edited by Amy Koerber) and the web site of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing.
4. The students have access to 5 computer classrooms and Multiple Literacy Lab (MuLL) which provides services and technology for new media design.
5. The program reportedly also has a job placement program for its graduates which is said to be “excellent.”
By all measures, this is a program that takes technical communication seriously. It might be worth your while to check it out if you’re looking forward to bolster your career with a formal degree or two.
For further information, please contact the Director of Technical Communication, Dr. Thomas Barker, or the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Joyce Locke Carter.
Web site: http://www.english.ttu.edu/tcr/
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University of Washington
Here is a Technical Communication certificate program offered by University of Washington, Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) department.
The Technical Writing and Editing Certificate curriculum was designed by an advisory board of leading technical writers, publications managers, and UW faculty. The board monitors the program and updates the curriculum as needed. The program director is Tina Loucks-Jaret ([email protected]).
This nine month evening program consists of the following six courses, which are also the core of the undergraduate major in the HCDE Technical Communication track. Classes meet twice a week.
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Technical Communication Program is part of the Department of Engineering Professional Development in the College of Engineering.
The TC program offers these opportunities:
- Major communication courses for undergraduates and graduate students
- 24-credit Certificate in Technical Communication
The Technical Communication Certificate program prepares students to design, write, edit, present, and evaluate technical and scientific information, collaborate in interdisciplinary teams on technical and communication projects, and apply emerging technologies to technical communication.
While the focus of the TC program is to teach undergraduate students, faculty also provide educational leadership in teaching graduate students and practicing professionals.
University of Wisconsin-Sout
(I) Minor in Technical Writing
- Minor Requirements [PDF]
from the Undergraduate Bulletin. Additions to or deviations from these categories may be made in consultation with the Minors Adviser.
- Minor Approval Form [PDF]
145 Harvey Hall
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751-0790
E-mail: menefeej@uwstout[email protected]
(II) Master of Science degree in Technical and Professional Writing
University of Wisconsin – Stout
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Technical and Professional Communication
130 Bowman Hall
Menomonie , WI , 54751