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Educational Captioning

Certificate of Completion

The Educational Captioning certificate goals and objectives are designed to prepare the student to enter careers in educational captioning, also known as CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation). The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lists CART service as particularly useful for people who are deaf or have hearing loss but do not use sign language. Educational captioners use stenography or voice writing to caption classroom lecture and discussion nearly verbatim and in real time, either remotely or on site, enabling hearing-impaired students to attend school and understand what is being discussed in class to facilitate their academic success. Careers specific to these skills include but are not limited to: Educational Captioner (also known as CART Provider), Remote Educational Captioner/CART Provider, Meeting Captioner, and Offline Captioner. With additional training and experience, educational captioners can expand their employment opportunities to include live broadcast captioning.

Program Requirements (290-474 hours)

Course NumberCourse TitleHours
Select one:

160 WPM Speed Goal
160 WPM: Multi-Voice Focus

190 - 200 hours
112 - 126 hours
NCCC027Computer-Aided Transcription 132 - 36 hours
Select one:

180 WPM Speed Goal
180 WPM: Multi-Voice Focus

190 - 200 hours
112 - 126 hours
NCCC034Medical Dictation34 - 38 hours

Total Certificate Hours: 290-474 hours

Certificates are listed as hours rather than college credit (units). Students must pass and complete the minimum number of hours required.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Explain correct captioning protocol for classroom and meeting environments.
  • Recognize and respond appropriately to ethical issues facing educational captioners.
  • Stenographically or voice write the spoken word at 180 words per minute for computer-aided software translation into English in real time and produce transcripts with 97.5 percent accuracy.
Last Updated 7/19/23