Educational Opportunities

Certified Professional Technical Communicator Program

sml_cptc_logoThe STC Certification Commission program is a three-tiered professional certification: Foundation, Practitioner, and Expert. The Certified Professional Technical Communicator – Foundation Level is now accepting candidates. For complete information on the program and registration, see the Certification page on the Society’s website.

 


Academic Programs

Academic institutions in our region and online distance learning programs offer degrees and certificates in our field. This page lists specifics – including degrees offered and faculty contact information – for many of them. For details, see the website for that institution and/or contact the person indicated.

Note: NEO STC provides information about educational programs for reference only. We assume no responsibility for its completeness, timeliness, or accuracy.

Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University offers undergraduate and online graduate certificate programs in scientific and technical communication.

Degrees Offered:

Undergraduate Minor in Scientific & Technical Communication
Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing (online)
Technical Writing Certificate

Contact:

Dr. Gary Heba, Director, Scientific & Technical Communication
English Department
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone: (419) 372-7242/6835  |  E-mail: gheba@bgsu.edu

Cedarville University

Cedarville University’s professional writing and information design major prepares students to write, edit, and design documents that provide readers with important information, connect with them emotionally, and help them accomplish tasks. Students often complete writing and editing projects for real clients, both inside and outside the university. Graduates find employment as communication experts in a variety of industries.

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Information Design

Contact:

Nick Carrington
Assistant Professor of Professional Writing
E-mail: ncarrington@cedarville.edu

Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University offers non-credit courses in technical writing and short-term certificates in science writing through the Professional Development Center and School of Communication, respectively. It also offers a Training and Development certificate through the Adult Learning and Development Program in the Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning (CASAL).

Courses Offered:

Fundamentals of Technical Writing instructor-led course
Technical Writing online self-paced program
Science Writing Certificate
Training and Development Certificate

Contact:

Toni Paoletta
Professional Development Center Manager
E-mail: T.PAOLETTA@csuohio.edu

John Carroll University

John Carroll University offers a professional writing track for its Bachelor of Arts in English majors. The university also offers a professional writing minor.

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in English – Professional Writing Track
Bachelor of Arts in English – Professional Writing Minor

Contact:

Tom Pace, Professor of English
Department of English
John Carroll University
20700 North Park Boulevard
University Heights, Ohio 44118
E-mail: tpace@jcu.edu

Kent State University

Kent State University offers traditional and online graduate degrees and certificates in information architecture and knowledge management, as well as supports an active information society student group. The degrees are administered by the School of Library and Information Science.

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in User Experience Design

Contact:

Kendra Albright, Director & Professor
School of Library and Information Science
E-mail: kalbrig7@kent.edu

Mercer University

Mercer University’s Master of Science in Technical Communication Management (MSTCM) program is online for distance learners and provides practicing professionals with a unique graduate experience focused on the managerial role of the technical communicator. Distinguishing the program from other technical communication graduate programs, this focus provides students with the skills and knowledge to advance their careers, while adding value to employers.

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Technical Communication Management
Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication Management

Contact:

Pam Estes Brewer, Associate Professor
Director, MSTCM
Mercer University – Department of Technical Communication
Macon, GA
Phone: (478) 301-4146 | E-mail: brewer_pe@mercer.edu

Miami University

Miami University’s Department of English features an undergraduate major in Professional Writing, offering tracks in Digital and Technical Communication, Editing in Professional Contexts, Intercultural Rhetoric and Global Writing, and Public Writing and Rhetoric, as well as a Self-Designed option.The department also offers a minor in Rhetoric and Writing. At the graduate level, Miami has an M.A. and Ph.D. program in Composition and Rhetoric where students may elect several courses in professional writing and where Ph.D. students have opportunities to teach in the Professional Writing major.

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing
Master of Arts in Composition and Rhetoric
PhD in Composition and Rhetoric

Contact:

Dr. Michele Simmons, Director of Professional Writing
Department of English
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056
E-mail: simmonwm@miamioh.edu

Stark State College

Stark State College offers an Associate’s degree and a career enhancement certificate in technical communications.

Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Technical Communications
Career Enhancement Certificate – English – Technical Communications
Grant Writing Certificate

Contact:

Beth Williams, Department Chair of English and Modern Languages
Stark State College
6200 Frank Avenue NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 494-6170 ext. 4148  |  E-mail: bwilliams@starkstate.edu

University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati offers a a professional writing program through its English Department.

Degrees Offered:

Undergraduate Certificate in Professional Writing
Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Master of Arts in Professional Writing
Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing

Contact:

Lora Arduser,  Associate Professor
Director, Professional Writing Program
PO Box 210069
248 McMicken Hall
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0069
Phone: (513) 556-1896|  E-mail: Lora.arduser@uc.edu

Walsh University

An adaptation of the traditional English major, Walsh’s Professional Writing major helps prepare graduates to communicate successfully in the digital culture. Professional Writing focuses not only on writing for digital communications but also the ability to research and evaluate the legitimacy of online information. Students will also be able to pursue a global specialization that will help the skills needed to thrive in global culture.

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing

Contact:

Dr. Ron Scott, Professor of English
Walsh University
2020 East Maple Street
North Canton, Ohio 44720
E-mail: rscott@walsh.edu

Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University’s English Department supports a professional writing and editing program with certificate and graduate degree options.

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Professional and Technical Writing
Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Professional and Technical Writing
Master of Arts in English, Professional and Technical Writing Track
Graduate Certificate in Professional & Technical Writing

Contact:

Dr. Jay L. Gordon, Associate Professor
Professional and Technical Writing Program
Youngstown State University
Youngstown, OH 44555
Phone: (330) 941-1643  |  E-mail: jlgordon@ysu.edu