Online Technical Communication Graduate Certificate

Communication is a skill that spans nearly all professional industries and, with a growing professional online presence, communication has never been more critical. Earning an online graduate certificate in technical communication helps you develop the skills needed to create and produce engaging content. This certificate is designed to give students a background in technical communication.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 10/13/2021


Total classes: 6

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 18

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Why is technical communication important?

At its most basic level, technical communication makes complex information understandable. For instance, documents like user manuals and operating instructions allow for easier software or appliance use. This discipline applies to nearly any situation that needs effective, understandable messaging, including digital, visual, verbal and written communication.

Why should I complete a technical communication certificate?

 

Employers in all career sectors consistently rank communication as one of the top skills crucial to success. This program is a powerful asset for those looking to set themselves apart by harnessing their ability to communicate in a professional setting. This applies to any industry or field, especially if you’re currently working in a communication position or frequently translate information between groups.

Combining existing practical experience with this technical communication certificate also makes you a viable candidate for roles that involve more complex information.

If you don’t already have a communication background and want to pursue advanced positions in this profession, the Master of Science in technical communication is strongly aligned with your goals.

What will I learn while earning my technical communication certificate?

 

This graduate certificate provides an overview of the knowledge and skills needed to communicate effectively in a 21st century information environment. You’ll learn how to communicate using visual communication, with digital media, and with the tools used to create and produce communication. You’ll also develop technical communication knowledge and skills that can be applied to your workplace, regardless of industry.

Will my technical communication certificate say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Featured technical communication courses

This technical communication certificate combines conceptual knowledge and practical talents. To complete this certificate, you must take three of the four core courses and three of the 11 elective courses. With a wide range of electives, you’re able to select the courses that best support your personal career goals. Featured courses include:


Core

Fundamentals of Technical Communication


Core

Principles of Technical Editing


Core

Principles of Visual Communication


Core

Principles of Web Authoring


Elective

Content Strategy


Elective

Copyright and Intellectual Property in the Electronic Age


Elective

Global Issues in Technical Communication


Elective

Grant and Proposal Writing


What can I do with an online graduate certificate in technical writing and communication?

The technical communication certificate supports several potential career outcomes and can help solidify your role with your current employer as a writer and communicator. By combining this certificate with prior experience in the field, you’ll be prepared for careers including, but not limited to:

Content strategist

Grant or proposal writer

Information developer

Social media specialist

Technical editor

Technical writer

Communicators, educators and leaders in their professions

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows.
  • American Psychological Association fellows.
  • Fulbright scholars.
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

Communicators, educators and leaders in their professions

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows.
  • American Psychological Association fellows.
  • Fulbright scholars.
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

Admission requirements for the graduate certificate in technical communication

Applicants to the graduate certificate in technical communication program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.

Application requirements

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