If you live in the state of Maryland and are seriously interested in and committed to becoming a court reporter, then you have quite a few different options available. No matter what your plans are in the field, however, your entry into it should most definitely start with an education.
This education can vary in degree level and where it is obtained, but it should give you a firm background and understanding of the general field of court reporting, with a special emphasis on the exact type of courtroom reporting it is that you wish to do.
With that said, there are many fine schools in Maryland at which to pursue a degree, certificate, or other training in court reporting specifically or in a related area. Popular options in the state include Allegany College of Maryland, located in Cumberland; Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold.
Baltimore City Community College; Carroll Community College of Westminster; Cecil College, located in North east; Chesapeake College in Wye Mils; the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata; the Community College of Baltimore; Coppin State University; Frederick Community College; Frostburg State University; Garrett College, located in McHenry; Hagerstown Community College; Hartford Community College in Bel Air; Kaplan Collage, located in Hagerstown.
Montgomery College in Rockville; Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg; Prince George’s Community College in Largo; Stevenson University; TESST College of Technology, located in Beltsville; Towson University; the University of Baltimore; the University of Maryland Eastern Shore location at Princess Anne.
The University of Maryland University College at Adelphi; the University of Phoenix, located in Columbia and offering several of its programs online; and Wor Wic Community College, located in Salisbury.
As you may have noticed above, there are many different types of colleges and other learning institutions listed. Community Colleges are, of course, common on the list and for good reason. Community colleges, which are located in mostly urban areas throughout the state, generally only take two years to go through and earn an associate’s degree.
Many community colleges also offer certificates and training programs not ending in a degree. Attending a community college is generally cheaper and less time consuming than attending a traditional college or university. Plus, the majority of the students are usually adults or non-traditional students, thus a lot of the classes are offered online or in the evening in order to help students balance busy schedules and heavy course loads.
Keep in mind too that if you earn an associate’s degree from a community college, your credits are always transferrable later or right away to another higher learning institution should you decide continue your education. Trade schools, which are also included in the above list, are similar to community colleges, but they provide training only and do not usually result in an actual degree.
Whether or not you can get away without having a degree depends heavily upon the exact job that you wish to do within the field and on your workplace of choice. This is why it is always a good idea to ask first.
Of course, there are many traditional colleges and universities on our list as well, and these are great choices for many students. Students tend to leave well prepared and ready to work in the field, but these programs can be expensive and time consuming and are, quite simply, not realistic for every person or for every life.
This is why it is your job to do all of your research and to find the best school option for you, one that you can enjoy, take much away from, and realistically complete.