You can help provide service to the hearing-impaired by studying broadcast captioning, often offered through a degree or certificate program in court reporting. Many community or tech schools offer these programs, so tuition rates may have the most influence on which school you choose to attend.
Schools with Broadcast Captioning Programs
All of the following schools have programs that are two years or less for students interested in broadcast captioning careers.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition
|Cuyahoga Community College District||Cleveland, OH||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$4,322 (in-state); $8,136 (out-of-state)|
|El Paso Community College||El Paso, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,010 (in-state); $4,858 (out-of-state)|
|New York Career Institute||New York, NY||2-year, Private||Certificate, Associate's||No Data Found|
|Sumner College||Portland, OR||2-year, Private||Associate's||$29,520|
|SUNY College of Technology at Alfred||Alfred, NY||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$8,570 (in-state); $15,395 (out-of-state)|
|Arlington Career Institute||Grand Prairie, TX||2-year, Private||Certificate||$12,500|
|Lakeshore Technical College||Cleveland, WI||2-year, Public||Associate's||$4,247 (in-state); $6,260 (out-of-state)|
|South Coast College||Orange, CA||2-year, Private||Certificate, Associate's||$12,665 (program cost)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
School Selection Criteria
Broadcast captioners must meet education requirements before taking the Certified Broadcast Captioning (CBC) exam. There are several factors to consider when choosing a school:
- Associate degree programs generally take two years to complete, while a certificate program doesn't include general education requirements and can be completed in a year or less.
- Students should verify that any program they consider is certified by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), a nonprofit professional organization that ensures programs meet certain professional standards.
- Aspiring broadcast captioners will likely benefit from programs that teach research techniques and proper formatting for a variety of shows and events, and that place an emphasis on shorthand speed while maintaining proper grammar, coherence and punctuation.
- Many programs require students to purchase a stenotype machine along with the captioning software, so students should keep these extra costs in mind.
Certificate programs in broadcast captioning are intended for court reporting professionals who wish to continue their education. Those entering the field with no experience are required to take additional speed-building courses. Before graduation, programs require students to pass stenograph tests with over 96% accuracy and conflict-free content.
Associate Degree Programs
The curricula for information reporting technology associate degree programs cover CART and judicial reporting, in addition to broadcast captioning. Many programs also include an internship as well as literary courses to develop grammatical skills.
Both private and public schools offer broadcast captioning programs. Cost and location are considerations, of course, but students should also look for a school that's certified by the NCRA and check on additional equipment costs.