Specialization in API Documentation

Create Clear, User-Friendly Instructions for APIs


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 11 weeks
  • Times: Flexible
  • Cost: $1,855

Next start date:

September 18, 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, software developers and others in adjacent roles who want to learn how to write effective API 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

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After successfully completing this program, you can claim a digital achievement badge that can be shared on LinkedIn and other social media sites. Learn more about digital badges.

Career Stats


Projected growth in U.S. demand for technical documentation skills (2024–26)


Projected growth in U.S. demand for API design skills (2024–26)

Source: Lightcast


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Learning Format

Online Asynchronous

Enjoy the flexibility of asynchronous learning with the structure of a regular course. With no real-time meetings, you’ll complete weekly assignments and interact with your class at times that work for you. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online Asynchronous

    This course is offered 100% online and runs from September 18, 2024, to December 4, 2024.


    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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