Stenographer Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Stenographer education is most commonly offer at the associate's degree level. There are also certificate options available to students. These programs may take up to two years to complete.

How to Select a Stenographer School

Aspiring stenographers can enroll in court reporter programs offered by community colleges, vocational schools and online court reporting schools. Because it is a type of court reporting, stenography is not typically offered as a separate certificate or degree program. Instead, training in the field is included in court reporting programs.

Consider the following when choosing a program:

  • Individuals interested in stenography should consider attending a program that contains multiple courses in stenography, training on using a stenotype machine and internships specifically focusing on stenography.
  • When selecting a program, students should consider attending one with a curriculum that conforms to the certification standards set by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).
  • Internships are important to aspiring stenographers because they provide experience working in the field and networking opportunities with attorneys, court employees and other court reporters; schools offering internship opportunities may make finding employment after graduation easier.
  • Consider the school's placement rate and whether it assists graduates with finding employment.
  • Some schools offer fully online programs while others make specific courses available over the Internet.

Stenographer Program Overviews

Certificate of Completion

A certificate program in court reporting may take two years to complete. Many programs include speed and accuracy examinations and prepare students to take NCRA certification exams to become a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR), the basic professional level of stenographer. Students may also be required to complete internships to gain practical experience. Courses in these programs include:

  • Machine shorthand
  • Question and answer transcription
  • Speed building

Associate's Degree Programs

An associate's degree program in court reporting prepares students for certification exams. Some programs require students to complete an internship in addition to general education courses and core requirements. These programs include courses in topics like:

  • Machine shorthand theory
  • Court transcription
  • Question and answer reporting
  • Business law
  • Jury charge

10 Schools with Court Recording Programs

College/University Institution Type
Anoka Technical College 2-year, Public
Gadsden State Community College 2-year, Public
Community College of Allegheny County 2-year, Public
Green River Community College 4-year, Public
Cerritos College 2-year, Public
San Antonio College 2-year, Public
Lakeshore Technical College 2-year, Public
El Paso Community College 2-year, Public
Clark State Community College 2-year, Public
MacCormac College 2-year, Private

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