Curriculum Details for Online and In-Person Editing Courses

Courses in the Editing certificate program are designed to prepare students to enter the publishing industry and to help current editing professionals build skills and knowledge for career advancement. 

What do Editing Students Learn?

  • Describe and manage the publishing process and the role and responsibility of the copy editor
  • Use The Chicago Manual of Style as an editing tool
  • Develop strategies for approaching an editing or proofing project

Editing curriculum map

Editing Program Structure

The Editing certificate is a sequential program. Course competencies must be met in a specific order to best support your professional development in editing.

Upon admittance, students will be invited to a program on-boarding to learn about certificate requirements and discuss course selection based on professional development goals and preferred timeframe for completion.

Students interested in taking advantage of the one course completion without declaring their intention of pursuing the Editing certificate have a selection of two courses:

Upon completion of one of these two courses, students interested in pursuing the Editing certificate will need to submit the program application to continue taking courses towards program completion.

  • 4 required courses and 1 elective course
  • Class sizes range from 10-20 students per course
  • Students can complete the certificate in as little as 3 quarters
  • Classes may be taken online or in-person in downtown Chicago

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Specialization Track in Developmental Editing

New in 2019: The Editing certificate is introducing its first specialization track in Developmental Editing. This specialization track is composed of two sequential courses, offered twice a year. Click on the course titles to learn more:

Online and In-person Class Formats

Classes are offered in two formats: online or in-person. Students may take all courses online or enroll in a combination of online and in-person courses.


  • 4 to 6 weeks course length
  • All online courses start on a Monday with a full week of self-study activities in Canvas, our learning management system
  • Weekly self-paced learning and materials are time-sensitive and must be completed within required timeframes
  • Weekly self-paced learning in Canvas leads to one synchronous session per week
  • Synchronous sessions are conducted through Zoom
  • Attendance to synchronous sessions is mandatory
  • Learn more about taking online courses


  • Convenient 3-day seminar format in downtown Chicago
  • Thursday–Saturday from 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.