Northeastern University Grants Credits Toward Master’s Degree for Completion of Certified Professional Technical Communicator Certification

Society for Technical Communication Certification Program Approved for Transfer Credits 

Northeastern University College of Professional Studies has approved four credit hours toward the Master of Science degree in Technical Communication for holders of the Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) Foundation level certification from the Society for Technical Communication. The nine core skill areas of technical communication covered in the CPTC exam map to the learning outcomes in the “Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing” course, a core class in the program’s curriculum. Certificate holders who decide to pursue their advanced degree at Northeastern will be able to achieve an 8% savings in tuition, as well as reduce the number of required courses from five to four.

“The CPTC Foundation level exam lets professional technical communicators demonstrate their mastery of foundation-level technical communication topics,” said Julia Cho, faculty member of the program. “Our industry-aligned curriculum has always been committed to the life-long learner, and we recognize the knowledge and skills that pursuing this certification represents. This certification aligns to our program’s learning outcomes for our students, in addition to showing dedication to the technical communication profession.”

“Having Northeastern University accept the CPTC certification for credit in their master’s program is exciting news for the technical communication community,” said Liz Pohland, CEO of the Society for Technical Communication. “Our goal is to increase the recognition and attraction of the technical communications profession. Attaining the CPTC certification is a great demonstration of a professional’s commitment to his or her career. We are delighted that Northeastern University has recognized the CPTC in this way.”

The CPTC certification is offered by trainers and training organizations who have been approved by the Society for Technical Communication and accredited by APMG International, a leading accreditation and certification organization. More information can be found on the degree program’s website as well as at the STC’s site.

About Northeastern University College of Professional Studies

The College of Professional Studies is one of nine colleges of Northeastern University, a nationally ranked private research university in Boston, MA.  Founded in 1960, the College teaches undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students on campus and online in more than 65 degree programs and is part of The Professional Advancement Network, a pioneering new model of education for working professionals who recognize the value of lifelong learning as a strategy for career development. More than 225,000 graduates make up the Northeastern Husky alumni network, in all 50 U.S. states and in nearly 150 countries.

About the Society for Technical Communication

The Society for Technical Communication is the world’s largest and oldest professional association dedicated to the advancement of the field of technical communication. The Society’s members span the field of the technical communication profession from students and academics to practitioners and managers. Our members represent every industry segment and many countries around the globe. The Society, its geographic chapters, and its special interest groups produce a wide array of educational events throughout the year designed to advance the knowledge of members and promote technical communication education, managerial techniques and tool skills. Career advancement is also supported by the STC through an annual salary survey, job board, mentoring and networking.