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Copyediting Certificate

Copyediting—especially nonfiction editing—is one of today's most marketable skills for freelance work. Copyeditors are the bridge between writers, publishers, and readers. They refine a variety of writing that appears in print or on-screen, such as newsletters, manuals, reports, feature articles, catalogs, and books. Copyeditors who have a specialized background (science, technical, medical) or proficiency with digital media are particularly in demand. Our program provides a solid grounding in the tools and techniques of copyediting and introduces several advanced topics required for a successful career. Every lesson offers practical skills and information you can use immediately.

For detailed information, please enroll in the Writing Program Online Information Session.

The program can be completed online in 9-12 months. Tuition is $425 per course. The courses are asynchronous but not self-paced; you will be required to keep up with weekly assignments. The average student spends three hours online and six hours offline per course each week. Please preview our e-learning system at http://ucsdextension.blackboard.com

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Information Session (Find out more about the program in a free, online information session.)
Copyediting and Technical Communication Information Session
INFO-70034
0
O O O O
Required Courses
Grammar Lab
WCWP-40234
3
O O O O
Copyediting I
WCWP-40236
3
O O O O
Copyediting II
WCWP-40237
3
O O O O
Copyediting III
WCWP-40238
3
O O O O
Recommended Courses (Please note: Does not apply to certificate.)
Editing as a Business: How to Succeed on Your Own
WCWP-40320
0
Schedule Varies
Marketing for Copyeditors: How to Get the Word Out
WCWP-80031
0
O   O  
Social Media for Editors
WCWP-40304
2
  O    
Digital Journalism: Self-Editing and Publishing for the Web
WCWP-40313
3
O O O O
Digital Skills for Editors
WCWP-40282
2
Schedule Varies
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
Certificate Programs

To Apply for the Certificate Program

From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable. It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.

Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Application Fee: $0 Apply Now!
Contact: Arts, Humanities, Languages & Digital Arts, 858-534-5760
Email: ahl@ucsd.edu
Please note: Upon acceptance into the program, there will be a $60 certificate fee.

Conditions for Admission

You must have native-level fluency with English and must write clear, logical, and grammatically correct sentences. You will need a computer, a high-speed internet connection, MS Word 2010 or later, and proficiency with all of the above. Please see the application for specific admission requirements for this program.

Although a college degree or professional experience in the field are not required, applicants with such experience may receive preference for admission when program capacity is limited.

Current UCSD students may be considered for admission depending on their academic and career focus and educational performance.

Certificate Guidelines

Copyediting I, II, and III must be taken in sequence, and Grammar Lab is a prerequisite for Copyediting II. Grammar Lab and Copyediting I may be taken in the same quarter. You must earn a Pass (C-) or better grade in each course.

Please Note

Required Tools

  • PC (Windows or Macintosh) with minimum 800×600dpi setting
  • Internet access (cable/DSL)
  • Scanner access (for use in Copyediting I course)
  • Acrobat Reader 11.0 (or newest available)
  • Microsoft Word 2010 or newer

Equivalent versions of Microsoft Word for Macintosh (2011 or newer) may also be used, but course texts are aimed at PC versions in terms of guided user interface instructions; Macintosh users will be required to extrapolate interface differences and are encouraged to explore additional Microsoft Word for Mac resources.