Typing Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Typing skills are typically taught in postsecondary schools as part of an office administration or technology program. Because of the prevalence of computer-based word processing and data entry, typing is often called keyboarding.

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Typing classes are usually offered at community colleges or vocational schools and are typically part of certificate or associate's degree programs. These programs cover areas related to typing, like using word processors and spreadsheets.

Colleges and Schools with Typing Programs

These are seven schools in the United States featuring typing programs in 2016. Below, find information and 2015-2016 tuition data for each institution.

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Standalone courses $2,834 for in-state/$9,661 for out-of-state
Houston Community College System Houston, TX 2-year, Public Standalone courses $3,360 for in-state/$3,756 for out-of-state
Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX 2-year, Public Standalone courses $3,184 for in-state/$3,544 for out-of-state
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX 2-year, Public Standalone courses $2,064 for in-state/$4,920 for out-of-state
Riverside City College Riverside, CA 2-year, Public Certificate $1,426 for in-state/$7,366 for out-of-state
Valencia Community College Orlando, FL 2-year, Public Standalone courses $2,474 for in-state/$9,383 for out-of-state
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2-year, Public Standalone courses $1,598 for in-state/$7,554 for out-of-state

Sources: School Websites, *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Remember to consider the following when looking for typing schools:

  • When selecting a typing school or college, first consider your career goal such as working in an office or just improving typing skills.
  • Students who have a full-time job may prefer an online typing class or on-campus classes that are offered on evenings and weekends.
  • In order to determine a typing program's quality, ask for a documented placement rate and find out how many graduates found work in their field soon after graduation.
  • Some programs only provide training in basic keyboarding, while others include instruction in the use of transcription software or focus on numeric keypad use. Students should make sure that the program's offerings meet their specific educational needs.

Non Degree Courses

Individuals who want to learn how to type or improve their speed and accuracy can enroll in standalone typing courses as community colleges or technical schools. These programs usually only last for a few weeks or months, and they may be offered online.

Associate's Degree Programs

Keyboarding training is typically included within two-year associate's degree programs for aspiring administrative assistants. In addition to basic typing training, some schools also provide classes in medical transcription, in which students gain experience with specialized software, foot pedals and/or typing using 'hot keys'. In associate's degree programs, students take general education coursework.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs for aspiring office workers generally include the same courses as associate's degree programs, but they have no general education requirements, so they can be completed in one year instead of two years. Alternatively, for individuals who need official verification of their keyboarding skills to present to employers, there are schools that provide typing tests that result in official certificates. Schools generally charge a small fee for this service.

While not many programs exist specifically based around typing or keyboarding skills, some standalone courses in the field exist, and many other certificates and associate's degrees include typing classes within their curricula. Due to the nature of the skill, many of these courses can be taken in an online format.

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