Institute for Professional Development

A special feature of the Professional Writing program at NIU is our department's partnership with the STC Chicago Chapter. Together we form the NIU-STC Institute for Professional Development (IPD), which offers courses designed for students, teachers, and practitioners of technical communication. 

Can I Earn College Credit for the Courses I Take at the Institute?

The IPD provides college-credit courses for traditional students and working professionals who want to develop or enhance their knowledge and skills in technical communication.

What Courses Are Available at the Institute?

Studies in selected topics such as Fundamentals of Technical Communication and Technical Communication in the Digital Age have been taught at the NIU Naperville campus. Check listings in the Undergraduate Catalog (ENGL 424) or the Graduate Catalog (ENGL 624) for the current offering.

How Do I Register for Classes?

Registration for classes depends on your student status. In other words:

  • If you are currently enrolled at NIU, access MyNIU; navigate to Browse Catalog, Class Search; and look for ENGL 424 for undergraduate credit or ENGL 624 for graduate credit.
  • If you are not currently enrolled, you may be enrolled as a student-at-large. Contact the NIU Office of Registration and Records at (815) 753-0681 or email them at

For more information about the Institute, contact the Director, Jessica Reyman, Ph.D. at 815-753-6644 or