School of Business and Applied Arts

Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6003 ext. 8
FAX: (608) 243-4754

Court Reporting

Lisa Hubacher

CALL: (608) 246-6192

Court Reporting

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 101702


Learn how to be a stenographer. If you enjoy precision, grammar and editing, music or competition, 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. 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

This program is offered completely online.

Court Reporting


  • WorkSmart funding available for eligible students.
  • Scholarships available through U.S. Department of Education FIPSE Grant.
  • Free Boot Camp to test drive the program before enrollment.
  • A self-paced approach with individualized weekly coaching.
  • Year-round enrollment (fall, spring, summer).
  • 100% online programming without paying out-of-state tuition.
  • Certified by National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).

To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

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.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester
Second Semester
Third Semester (summer)
Fourth Semester
Fifth Semester

3 credits

Sixth Semester (summer)

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

Graduates of this program earn an average starting salary of $45,000 per year and have 100% job placement.

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