Certificate in Editing

Improve the Quality of Any Content


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle, Online
  • Duration: 7 months
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends
  • Cost: $2,925

Next start date:

January 2019

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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 Microsoft Word editing tools and PDF reader tools
  • Develop and carry out an editorial project with a working writer 


You may be eligible to apply for a UWPCE Certificate Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. See the scholarship page for eligibility information and application instructions.

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.

Learning Formats

Online, Group-Paced

Start and finish your program with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. Courses are 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings. Learn More »


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online, Group-Paced


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