Technical communication is an excellent career for good writers who love to help others understand complex information. They draw on their skills in writing and information design to translate complex scientific or technical information into content that a specific audience will easily understand. Technical communicators work in every field, from accounting to pharmaceuticals to telecommunications and create a wide variety of documents and scripts, including environmental impact statements, financial reports, training materials, user guides and more. Demand is greatest for communicators who have degrees in science or engineering, but there are opportunities for those with a background in communications, journalism, English, visual media, and other fields.
UC San Diego Extension’s Professional Certificate in Technical Communication will prepare you for an entry-level position by providing you with the most up-to-date knowledge. The program is designed and taught by technical communication professionals working in the field and can be completed entirely online.
For detailed information, please enroll in the Writing Program Online Information Session.
The program can be completed online in 18-24 months. Tuition is $295-$595 per course. The courses are asynchronous but not self-paced; you will be required to keep up with weekly assignments. The average student spends three hours online and six hours offline per course each week. Please preview our e-learning system at http://ucsdextension.blackboard.com.
|Course Title||Course Number||Units||FA||WI||SP||SU|
|Information Session (Learn more about the program in a free, online information session.)|
|Copyediting and Technical Communication Information Session||O||O||O||O|
|Required Courses (All 17 units required)|
|Technical Communication I||O||O|
|Basics of Technical Editing||O||O|
|Critical Thinking for Communicators||O|
|Information Design for Technical Communicators||O||O|
|Writing Online Documentation||O|
|Technical Communication II||O||O|
|Electives (7 units required)|
|Webinar Skills for Technical Communicators||O|
|Tools for Technical Communicators||O|
|Adobe Photoshop I: Introduction||O,U||O,U||O,U||O,U|
|Adobe Dreamweaver I: Introduction||O||O||O||O|
|Project Management for Technical Communicators||O|
|Applied Design for Technical Communicators||O|
|Web and Internet Literacy||X||X||X||X|
|L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA|
From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable. It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.
Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.
|Application Fee: $0||Apply Now!|
|Contact: Arts, Humanities, Languages & Digital Arts, 858-534-5760|
|Please note: Upon acceptance into the program, there will be a $60 certificate fee.|
You must have native-level fluency with English and must write clear, logical, and grammatically correct sentences. You will need a computer, a high-speed internet connection, MS Word, PowerPoint, and proficiency with all of the above. Students should be prepared to send and receive email regularly, navigate the web, and manage files on a computer.
Please see the application for specific admission requirements for this program.
Although a college degree or professional experience in the field are not required, applicants with such experience may receive preference for admission when program capacity is limited.
Current UCSD students may be considered for admission depending on their academic and career focus and educational performance.
The program consists of 24 quarter units in Writing and other disciplines related to technical communications. It can be completed in eight academic quarters. You must earn a Pass (C-) or better grade in each course. Extension courses in science, computing, and engineering may be applied toward electives with department approval.
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