Stenographer Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

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

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Stenography is not offered as a stand-alone degree. Aspiring stenographers can enroll in court reporter programs offered by community colleges, vocational schools and online court reporting schools through which they will receive training in stenography.

Schools with Court Recording Programs

The following schools offer programs in court recording. Tuition information is based on the 2015-2016 academic year.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Anoka Technical College Anoka, MN 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $5,584
Gadsden State Community College Gadsden, AL 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,216 (in-state), $5,976 (out-of-state)
Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,999 (in-district), $7,298 (in-state), $10,440 (out-of-state)
Green River College Auburn, WA 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,344 (in-state), $4,751 (out-of-state)
San Antonio College San Antonio, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,088 (in-district), $5,550 (in-state), $10,740 (out-of-state)
Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI 2-year, Public Associate's $4,064 (in-state), $5,990 (out-of-state)
El Paso Community College El Paso, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,386 (in-state), $4,042 (out-of-state)
Clark State Community College Springfield, OH 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,359 (in-state), $6,271 (out-of-state)
MacCormac College Chicago, IL 2-year, Private Associate's $12,660

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

How to Choose a Stenography Program

Students can pursue either certificate or associate's degree programs in court reporting. This distinction may help them select a program, along with some of the other criteria listed below:

  • 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.

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

Each student will have different goals for their stenography career. These goals will help them select the right program for them, whether it be a certificate or an associate's degree program in court reporting.

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