Court Reporting Program
About the Program
Court Reporting involves using shorthand skills and a stenotype machine to transcribe spoken or recorded speech into a written document, creating the official transcript of court proceedings, hearings, testimonies, etc. Court Reporters play a critical role in the legal system and are in high demand across the country. Court Reporters are employed by court reporting companies for court systems or may work on a freelance basis. They may also find work captioning spoken words for the deaf or hard-of-hearing for television or public events.
TCC is the only public institution in Oklahoma offering a Court Reporting Certificate Program. The program encompasses six (6) modules over the course of sixty-six (66) weeks with students attending year round. Students will be introduced to real-time stenographic machine shorthand writing used for court reporting to broadcast captioning transcriptions. Students will also learn about conflict-free writing, how to distinguish English homophones, and become familiar with the legal, medical, and technical terminology used in court proceedings. Throughout the program, you will work on building up your speed on the stenotype machine until it reaches upwards of 200 words per minute with high accuracy.
With a Court Reporting Certificate, you will be qualified for positions that include court reporters, TV captions, and/or working for the deaf and hard of hearing. Starting salaries begin at approximately $45,000/year.