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Proofreading Essentials


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 7 weeks
  • Times: Flexible
  • Cost : $665

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About this Course

Proofreading is a skill used to identify and correct errors in writing. Proofreaders typically fix errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, formatting and consistency, and proofreading is one of the last steps before a piece of writing is published.

In this course, you’ll learn how to proofread a variety of print and digital materials and how to use traditional proofreader’s marks as well as digital markup techniques. We’ll cover the basics of grammar and punctuation and how to tackle specific grammar, style, and design and formatting issues. You’ll also learn about proofing against copy and cold proofreading (proofing without copy).

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Designed For

Anyone seeking to develop or improve their proofreading skills.

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What You’ll Learn

  • What proofreading is and how it differs from editing
  • Where proofreading fits in the overall publication process
  • Why, when and how to make changes to a document
  • How to proof for design issues, including image quality and placement
  • Employment opportunities in the proofreading field

Get Hands-On Experience

  • Apply editorial style sheets and checklists
  • Use standard proofreading markup and procedures to proofread print documents
  • Use special features of Adobe Reader for digital proofreading


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Learning Format

Online, Group-Paced

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

Course Sessions

Closed Sessions

This course is offered 100% online and runs from January 23, 2023, to March 11, 2023.


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You'll earn 2.4 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit options.

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