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Graduate Certificates in Technical Communication Required Technology and Software

Requirement:

Required for:

High-speed internet connection (no dial-up)

All courses in the IDC Program

WebCT-compatible versions of a web browser with Sun Java run-time environment installed. Please visit http://www.webct.com/tuneup to determine if your browser needs to be upgraded to work with WebCT.

All courses in the IDC Program

Digital image editing software (Adobe Photoshop, InDesign,GIMP, etc.)

All courses in the IDC Program

Microsoft Office (required) and EndNote and Adobe InDesign (recommended)

All courses in the IDC Program

Software for creating PDF documents (Adobe Acrobat recommended)

All courses in the IDC Program

Access to a flatbed scanner

All courses in the IDC Program

Adobe DreamWeaver

Website Design

Microsoft Project

Communications Project Management

Adobe Photoshop CS3 (or higher)

Applied Graphics I, Info Graphics

Adobe Illustrator CS3 (or higher)

Applied Graphics II, Info Graphics

Graduate Certificates in Technical Communication

The Graduate Certificates in Technical Communication are online programs that prepare students for a variety of positions in technical communication. They also help current technical communicators and information developers update and expand their knowledge and skills, enabling them to move ahead in their profession.

Admissions criteria for the basic online certificate is the same as for the master's degree program, except that certificate applicants are not required to take the GRE. Certificate students take online versions of the following three courses:

IDC 6001

Professional Practices of Communication

IDC 6002

Information Design

IDC 6030

Foundations of Graphics

Basic certificate students then take 3 other courses offered online in any given semester(s).

Students completing the basic certificate program may apply for admission to the master's program without taking the GRE. They will need to submit a portfolio of work completed in the certificate program, which will be reviewed by the admissions committee. Completing the basic certificate program does not guarantee admission to the program. Graduates of the basic certificate program who are accepted into the master's program may count the six courses they have completed (18 credits) toward the ms degree.

Students in the basic certificate program who decide to apply for admission to the graduate program before completing the basic certificate will need to take the GRE. If they are admitted to the master's program, a maximum of 3 basic certificate courses will be counted toward the degree.

  • After admission to the degree program, students may take one additional certificate online from among the following to complete requirements for the degree:
  • Certificate in Content Development
  • Certificate in Visual Communication and Graphics
  • Certificate in Instructional Design
  • Certificate in Communications Management
For questions about the certificate program, contact the English, Technical Communication, and Media Arts Department. The number is 678-915-7202; or write to TCOM@spsu.edu. Visit the web site at /etcma/grad/idc_overview.htmfor more information.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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