Improve the Quality of Any Content
Next start date
January 7, 2017
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.
Applicants should be avid readers and practical writers with solid reading comprehension, grammar and English language skills. We’re looking for program applicants to demonstrate these traits in their letter of application and resume.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have advanced English language skills to participate in this program. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll in this program, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed Internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. To continue in the program, participants must pass a grammar test during the first quarter. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
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.
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.
Grammar for Editors
Copyediting Fundamentals & Working With Digital Content
Applied Editing & Practicum
Certificate in Editing
Approved by the UW Department of English.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Megan Arpin, Program Graduate
Amy Smith Bell, ASB Editorial Consulting and Services
Steven Bryan Bieler, Writer and Editor
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, UW Educational Outreach
Laura Case, Editor
Beth Chapple, Editor and Assistant Publisher, Granite Peak Publications
Ann Colowick, Freelance Editor and Writer
Kathleen Cubley, The Mountaineers Books
Deborah Easter, New Editions/Acquisitions Editor, Mountaineers Books
Em Gale, Assistant Editor, Sasquatch Books
Mary Dickinson Edwards, Cedar Mill Communications
Rebecca Friedman, Freelance Editor and Writer
Danielle Gray, English Instructor, Whatcom Community College
Karl Hente, Copy Editor, Washington Post, and Editor, Macdirectory Magazine
Randy Hilfman, Copy Editor, Eddie Bauer Corporate Headquarters
Elizabeth Johnson, Freelance Editor
Erica Jorgensen, Editor, Phinney Ridge Editorial
Christy Karras, Editor and Content Strategist
John Marsh, Freelance Editor
Dottie Martin, Freelance Editor
Shannon O'Leary, Editor, Washington Law & Politics, Northwest Home & Garden
Liz Mangini, Freelance Writer, Editor and Researcher
Greg Rasa, Digital News Editor, Seattle Times
Sherri Schultz, Co-Founder, Northwest Independent Editors Guild
Derek Sheffield, Associate Professor, English Department, Wenatchee Valley College
Virginia Smyth, Publications Manager and Editor, Group Health
Carrie Wicks, Proofreader/Copy Editor
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due two weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
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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