Residents of Oklahoma who would like to become court reporters should know that the first and most important step on the journey toward becoming a successful court reporter is to get an education in the field. Of course, education is not a one size fits all venture.

There are many different jobs in the court reporting industry and many different capacities in which these professionals can work. As such, educations need to be tailored to the specific job that a person is interested in doing. This is why it is extremely important to have a clear idea of what one’s career goals are before embarking upon an educational path.

With that said, residents of the state will be happy to know that there are many wonderful choices for court reporter educations in Oklahoma. As long as a school is fully accredited and legitimate, it is really just a matter of the student choosing the program that best matches up with his or her career goals.

Community colleges, training programs, trade and technical schools, online schools, and traditional colleges and universities throughout the state offer a wide variety of different educational options.

Popular choices for Oklahoma residents interested in court reporting careers include Bacone College, located in Muskogee; Brown Mackie College, located in Tulsa; the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb; Cameron University of Lawton; the Central Technology Center at Drumright; Easter Central University, which is located in Ada; Eastern Oklahoma State College, located in Wilburton; the Great Plains Technology center in Lawton; the ITT Technical Institute, which has locations in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and which also offers some programs online.

Langston University, located in Langston; the Metro Technology Center of Oklahoma City; Murray State University at Tishomingo; Northeastern Oklahoma A and M College in Miami; Northeastern State University, which is located in Thalequah; Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva; Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City; the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, located in Tulsa, which offers some of its programs online; Oklahoma State University at Oklahoma City; Redlands Community College, in El Reno.

Rogers State University in Claremore; Rose State College in Midwest City; Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant; Southern Nazarene University in Bethany; Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford; St. Gregory’s University, located in Shawnee; Tulsa Community College, located in Tulsa; Tulsa Tech, which is also located in Tulsa; the University of Central Oklahoma at Edmond.

The University of Phoenix, which is located in Oklahoma City and which offers all of its programs online; Vatterott Educational Center, with locations in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa; and Western Oklahoma State College, which is located in Altus.

It is important to note that not all of the above schools actually offer programs that are in court reporting specifically. The reason that they still appear on the list is because they offer related programs. It is not at all uncommon for people to enter into the field with a related degree and to complete certification or training courses to make their degrees more relevant to court reporting.

It is also not uncommon for people to begin work in a related area and to later switch to court reporting. Therefore, if you already have a degree in a similar area, you may not have to start your education over from scratch after all. Also keep in mind that with advanced degrees, such as master’s level degrees and doctoral degrees, it often does not matter at all what subject area your lower level degrees were in.

You may also have noticed that many of the schools listed above offer some or even all of their courses online. In today’s world, it is becoming more and more common for people to choose to pursue their educations from the comfort and security of their own homes. If this option is right for you, you will not be limited to just the state of Oklahoma for pursuing your education, but you can instead, study at a school based halfway around the world if you so choose. Just be sure that any school you attend, virtual or physical, is fully accredited.