Court Reporting

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 101702


Learn how to be a stenographer. If you enjoy precision, grammar and editing, music, competition, or using technology, a degree in Court Reporting from Madison College would be perfect for you. And if you need flexibility or are in another state, this degree is also offered 100% online. Our instructors have real-world stenography experience and look forward to helping you earn your degree to become:

  • Court (Judicial) Reporters - serving the legal community. 
  • Broadcast Captioners - providing captioning for live television broadcasts. 
  • CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) Providers - translating services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, as well as people learning English as a second language.
  • Webcasting and Internet Information Reporters - capturing business meetings in real-time via online services.

Get credit for your experience and prior learning.

Please note before beginning classes: You must purchase or rent a realtime-ready student steno writer and specialty software. The faculty will provide guidance on this equipment. There is an orientation for all new students. Please contact the School of Business and Applied Arts for more information.

Program Details

Court Reporting is on a career pathway that includes this associate degree. There are courses that can be taken in high school that offer college credit toward this associate degree through the Dual Credit and Start College Now programs. With the associate degree, you can get a good job or transfer to another college to earn your bachelor’s degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

Court Reporting classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

All courses for this program are offered online and in person.

Court Reporting


  • WorkSmart funding available for eligible students.
  • Try our free one-day boot camp prior to enrollment to see if this is the career for you!
  • A self-paced approach with individualized weekly coaching.
  • Year-round enrollment (fall, spring, summer).
  • 100% online programming without paying out-of-state tuition.
  • Approved by National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).

To Apply

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


After completing the Court Reporting program at Madison Area Technical College, you will have the skills required for national certification and be able to:

  • Utilize machine shorthand with a computer-aided transcription system to write the spoken word and produce a transcript.
  • Perform as a realtime reporter with skills to obtain certification.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal and medical concepts and terminology.
  • Apply the NCRA Code of Professional Ethics and Certification Standards.

Graduation Requirements:

Machine shorthand writing speeds: 

  • 225 wpm; two-voice testimony
  • 200 wpm; jury charge
  • 180 wpm; literary
  • Three 5-minute takes passed with 95 percent accuracy or higher in each of the categories above.

Internship: The 50-hour requirement for internship will consist of a minimum of 40 hours of actual writing time under the supervision of a qualified reporter.



Career paths are versatile and stenographers have options, providing structure for those who need it and flexibility to those who don’t. Official court reporters often work 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the court system. Freelance court reporters make their own schedules for court reporting or doing depositions. Broadcast captioners can work any time of the day from home.

Madison College associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of court reporting including:

  • Broadcast Captioner
  • CART Reporter (Communication Access Realtime Translation)
  • Court and Conference Reporting
  • Court (Judicial) Reporter
  • Freelance Court Reporter
  • Internet Information Reporter
  • Reporter
  • Scopist
  • Stenographer
  • Realtime Reporter
  • Stenocaptionist

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics court reporters earned a mean annual wage of $62,390 in 2018.

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