Connecticut doesn't have any educational institutions that offer on-site court reporting training programs. However, there are numerous online court reporting programs that are certified by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). Regulations governing court reporters vary by state; therefore, students should check with the appropriate state agency to ensure that they're meeting state requirements. Generally, these schools require online students to purchase their own equipment and software. After the list of NCRA-accredited programs below, there's a table summarizing the schools and programs, as well as tuition information.
Alfred State, State University of New York (SUNY) College of Technology
Alfred State SUNY College of Technology, located in Alfred, NY, offers an online 2-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Court and Realtime Reporting and a Court Reporting and Captioning Certificate. Students learn the StenEd Realtime writing method, and they take courses in theory of realtime writing, captioners/reporters speed building, maintaining and producing a personal dictionary, computer-aided transcription and business law. Both programs require internships, which are arranged near students' hometowns.
Located in Los Angeles, CA, Bryan University offers an online Associate of Applied Science in Court Reporting program. The degree program prepares students to take the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) exam. Students become competent in realtime writing, computer-aided transcription (CAT), court proceeding, interrogatories and depositions. Students also receive instruction in English, legal terminology, anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.
Bryan University uses an industry-current simulation lab and Realtime Coach (RTC) computer application to teach students. Online students have access to class info, practice exercises and homework through the program's website. They may also interact with other students and instructors. Students must complete an internship. The career services department aids students in finding a suitable internship. Students complete a 40-hour writing time, a 10-hour court observation time internship and must transcribe 40 pages.
Clark State Community College
Clark State Community College is situated in Springfield, OH. Its online Associate of Applied Business in Judicial Reporting program uses the StenEd realtime theory to teach students to write. Students are instructed in the use of CAT software to prepare transcripts and a computerized machine to write realtime. The college uses RTC software. Students must have Case Catalyst software (student version), a laptop computer and a computerized writer. Students complete an 80-hour internship (40 hours in the courtroom and 40 hours in hearings or depositions) under supervision, and they must produce a 40-page transcript from the internship.
College of Court Reporting
Located in Hobart, IN, students at this school may enroll in the 7-semester Associate of Applied Science in Court Reporting or the Court Reporting Diploma, which lasts five semesters. The college teaches the Moody Method of writing. Both the associate's degree and diploma programs' internship experiences require students to use the shorthand machine for 60 hours (writing time) and transcribe 50 or more pages from the internship.
Cuyahoga Community College
Students of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH, may enroll in its online Associate of Applied Business in Captioning and Court Reporting program. Students may choose to learn voice court reporting or steno court reporting. While the introductory classes don't require a steno machine, online students need to obtain one to complete the remaining classes. Students complete a 75-hour writing time internship with a freelance and/or courts firm after achieving 200 wpm. The college arranges internships regardless of where students live.
Hinds Community College
Hinds Community College in Raymond, MS, offers students an Associate in Applied Science in Court Reporting Technology-Judicial Reporting program that may be taken online. The college teaches the StenEd writing method. This program requires students to complete at least 40 hours in writing time during an internship.
Sheridan Technical Center
Hollywood, FL's, Sheridan Technical Center has a series of courses in court reporting. The program's content uses the machine shorthand Phoenix Theory method. The program of study is 30 months or 2,850 hours. It's offered online and full time only.
Stark State College
Situated in Canton, OH, Stark State College has an online Associate of Applied Business in Information Technology-Judicial Reporting & Captioning program with an emphasis in judicial reporting. The college teaches the StenEd Realtime Theory. Before starting the program, students need to purchase the required software and a steno machine. Students complete a supervised judicial internship of at least 40 hours of writing time.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Online Court Reporting Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Alfred State SUNY College of Technology||4-year, public; remote town|| Court Reporting and Captioning Certificate (online),
Associate in Applied Science in Court and Realtime Reporting (online)
|$8,570 in-state; $15,395 out-of-state|
|Bryan University||4-year, private for-profit; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Court Reporting (online)||$11,025|
|Clark State Community College||2-year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Business in Judicial Reporting (online)||$3,728 in-state; $6,880 out-of-state|
|College of Court Reporting||2-year, private for-profit; large suburb|| Court Reporting Diploma (online),
Associate of Applied Science in Court Reporting (online)
|Cuyahoga Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Business in Captioning and Court Reporting (online)||$3,436 in-district; $4,322 in-state; $8,136 out-of-state|
|Hinds Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Associate in Applied Science in Court Reporting Technology-Judicial Reporting (online)||$3,130 in-state; $6,170 out-of-state|
|Sheridan Technical Center||2-year, public; large suburb||Court reporting program (online)||$6,208|
|Stark State College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Business in Information Technology-Judicial Reporting & Captioning with an emphasis in judicial reporting (online)||$4,070 in-state; $7,166 out-of-state|
Source: *NCES College Navigator