6 required courses (100 hours)
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Complete in one year, or up to 3 years
Professional editing is the process of reviewing and improving written documents by making or suggesting changes to improve the clarity, precision and effectiveness of the writing.
Enhance your professional writing and editing skills with this newly revised program taught by subject matter experts working in the industry. Gain a solid foundation for a career in the world of editing. Acquire an understanding of the standards, skills and tools of professional copy editors through presentations, readings, editing practice and discussion.
Explore copyediting and proofreading, learn how to use and create house style guides and style sheets, and recognize the importance of copyright, citations and references. Brush up on basic writing skills as you review parts of speech, grammar and common grammatical mistakes.
Identify comprehensive and stylistic editing problems and find solutions. Complete the certificate by creating a portfolio of work samples that show your ability to effectively carry out copyediting, proofreading and comprehensive editing that meets industry standards.
Note: program instructors use and refer to Chicago Manual of Style in class, but discuss a variety of other styles as well.
Highlights and benefits
Earn a recognized credential | Enhance your career prospects
Enhance your life | Develop your personal and professional skills
Real-world knowledge | Learn from experienced industry professionals
Gain hands-on experience | Demonstrate workplace competencies to potential employers
Online delivery | Enjoy the flexibility of online learning and complete this program from anywhere
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Course schedule by semester
(Sept. - Dec.)
(Jan. - April)
(May - Aug.)
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This schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. Fall schedule and registration is available in June; Winter schedule and registration is available in November; and Spring/Summer schedule and registration is available in March.