A Survey of U.S. Certificate Programs in Technical Communication
Many colleges and universities offer certificates in technical communication as an alternative to full undergraduate or graduate degrees in the field. Despite certificates’ increasing popularity in recent years, relatively little commentary exists about them within the scholarly literature. This article describes a survey of technical communication certificate and baccalaureate program administrators undertaken to develop descriptive data on programs’ age, size, and graduation rates; departmental location; curricular requirements; online offerings; and instructor status and qualifications. It concludes by discussing implications of these data for a number of larger conversations within the field of technical communication.