Specialization in API Documentation

Create Clear, User-Friendly Instructions for APIs


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $1,795

Next start date:

March 27, 2024

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About this Program

If you’ve ever bought a piece of furniture you need to assemble yourself, you know how important the enclosed sheet of instructions is. Similarly, millions of software developers rely on the information in API (application programming interface) documentation to develop software projects. This information helps developers understand how APIs work and how to implement and debug them.

In this one-course specialization, you’ll learn how to create documentation that clearly explains an API’s features and how to use them. You’ll dive deep into APIs and how to use them, and discover best practices for documenting API endpoints, authentication and authorization, and API security. You’ll also write documentation in Markdown in a docs-as-code environment and learn how to integrate your documentation with tools like Swagger, Postman and Confluence. You’ll come away with a GitHub portfolio of API documentation that’ll demonstrate your knowledge and skills to potential employers.

Designed For

Technical writers or software developers, programmers, analysts and architects who have some experience with technical documentation.

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Skills You'll Gain

  • API types: SOAP, REST, GraphQL, Webhooks
  • Documentation best practices
  • Security measures
  • Docs-as-code tools: Git, GitHub, Markdown
  • Troubleshooting and debugging techniques
  • API design fundamentals
  • Technical communication
  • Deployment and testing stages
  • Performance optimization strategies

Get Real-World Experience

  • Create comprehensive, user-friendly documentation for APIs
  • Plan and facilitate tests on API documentation, applying core concepts of usability testing
  • Complete a portfolio project in GitHub consisting of API documentation reference topics, as well as documentation plans and marketing copy 

Career Stats


Growth in demand for technical documentation skills in the U.S. (2020–2023)


Growth in demand for technical documentation skills in Washington state (2020–2023)

Source: Lightcast


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Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings


    Noncredit Program

    You'll earn 4.2 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this program. Learn more about noncredit options.

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