Telecommunications include data technology, such as Internet networks and cable television. A variety of programs are available at 2-year and 4-year colleges throughout the country, and prepare students to become telephone repair technicians.
Schools with Telecommunications Programs
These schools offer telecommunications programs at varying levels.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*|
|Kirkwood Community College||Cedar Rapids, IA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$4,194 in-state, $5,034 out-of-state|
|University of Texas at Dallas||Richardson, TX||4-year, Public||Master's, Doctoral||$11,940 in-state, $22,282 out-of-state|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Rochester, NY||4-year, Private||Master's||$40,426|
|Nassau Community College||Garden City, NY||2-year, Public||Associate's||$4,854 in-state, $9,388 out-of-state|
|Central Carolina Community College||2-year, Public||Diploma||$4,264|
|Erie Community College||Buffalo, NY||2-year, Public||Associate's||$5,189 in-state, $9,784 out-of-state|
|Pace University||New York, NY||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$41,333|
|Cayuga Community College||Auburn, NY||2-year, Public||Associate's||$4,742 in-state, $9,068 out-of-state|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics and school websites
School Selection Criteria
Students should keep these things in mind when choosing a school:
- Students with interest in installing, maintaining and repairing telephone systems should find telecommunications programs that emphasize telephone systems and voice communication technologies.
- Students with interest in the various fields of telecommunications may wish to look for programs that include instruction in broadband, wireless networking and other modalities.
- Internships and practical experience can result in students developing employment contacts.
- Some programs prepare students to earn additional certificates
Associate's Degree in Telecommunications
Associate's degree programs in telecommunications usually take two years to complete. Algebra, trigonometry, calculus and other courses in practical math are often required.
Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications
Bachelor's degree programs in telecommunications often require hands-on as well as classroom work. Students may be required to take lab courses or complete a final project that demonstrates technical competency. Students are introduced to domestic and international laws and regulations governing telecommunications.
Prospective telephone repair professionals may find telecommunications programs typically available at the associate's or bachelor's degree levels, which may require hands-on work and labs or projects. When choosing a school, students should consider factors such as a program's areas of emphasis and whether it offers internships and practical experience.