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. 

    Editing Curriculum

    Editing curriculum map


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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:

    Editing certificate students effectively:

    • 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

    Program Structure and Class Formats

    Editing class sizes range from 10-20 students per course. Students can complete the certificate in as little as three quarters. 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
    • Weekly live class sessions, offered weekday evenings or Saturday mornings
    • Between the weekly synchronous sessions, participants complete required readings, assignments, and self-study activities
    • 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.


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