Certificate in Editing

Improve the Quality of Any Content


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 6 - 8 months
  • Class Times: Evenings, Weekends, Self-Paced
  • Cost: $2,733

Next start date

October 2, 2017

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About this Program

The English writer H. G. Wells supposedly said, “No compulsion in the world is stronger than the urge to edit someone else's document.” If you are one of those so compelled, then you’re an editor at heart — and our four-course certificate program can help you channel that passion into a profession.

Here we’ll thoroughly explore key techniques of developmental editing, copy editing and collaborating with writers. You’ll develop the expertise to transform a rough draft — be it website copy or a book manuscript — into polished work. Whether you want to edit your own writing, work for someone else or launch an editing business, you’ll gain the skills and confidence you need to make it happen.  


Those interested in becoming a professional editor or advancing in the field.

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Video Overview

A graduate and an instructor from the Certificate in Editing explain how the program delivers the editorial skills and experience that employers look for today.

Duration: 03:29


  • How to edit for different audiences and content types, including academic documents, corporate communications, Web publications, fiction and narrative nonfiction
  • Grammatical rules and how to utilize standard and customized style guides
  • Online editing and content management tools and best practices
  • Characteristics of different professional environments and strategies for determining the best fit for you


  • Use Adobe Acrobat Pro and Microsoft Word editing tools
  • Develop and carry out an editorial project with a working writer 

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

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Learning Formats


Courses in this program include both in-person classroom meetings and online instruction. Online lessons, assignments and other course materials are delivered through a Web-based learning management system that also serves as a hub for communicating with your instructors and classmates. Online coursework can be completed wherever you are, on your own schedule. You simply need to submit the weekly assignments by their due dates.


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.


Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

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