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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
There will be a $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
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Write your way to a new career! This free, online information session is designed for those who are interested in learning more about our comprehensive online certificate programs in Copyediting and Technical Communication. Don't wait another day to explore a new career!
In this course you will take a diagnostic test to determine basic strengths and weaknesses in your knowledge of grammar and usage. You will complete 10-20 exercises online each week which are electronically scored to give you immediate feedback. Also, you will complete several challenging assessments. Topics covered include parts of speech, clauses, phrases, verb tenses, punctuation, and mechanics. The instructor will provide structured lessons and feedback, but you will have the option to spend more time on topics you need to review and less on those already mastered.
Turn your talents for recognizing and correcting grammatical errors into a full-time or freelance career as a copy editor. The first step is to learn light copyediting, which involves the correction of indisputable errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and usage. In this online course you will explore the tools and techniques the professionals use. You will practice editing with standard editing marks and with Microsoft Word, and you will learn to communicate with authors and editors via queries and to record changes via style sheets.
To thrive as a copy editor you must practice judicious and defensible editing. In this course you will be continually challenged to maintain the author’s voice and meaning while correcting subjective errors that result in convoluted writing. You will tear apart and rebuild sentences, build a case for why your revision is the best one, and practice communicating with the author and editor through sensitive and appropriate queries. You will get additional practice with style sheets and electronic editing, delve deeper into Chicago, and continue to explore varying editorial practices.
Are you ready for your first editing assignment? In this course, you will work on deadline to perform a heavy edit on all elements of a long manuscript. Examine complex problems in English usage, review topics introduced in earlier classes, and explore new topics. Although this class builds on the material taught in the prerequisite courses, it is a significant step up from Copyediting II. You will immediately use what you've learned to complete the course project: an original manuscript that you can edit to perfection.
Please note: Does not apply to certificate.
What does it take to be a freelance editor? This course tells you how to start, run, and succeed in your own editing business. Topics include launching a business, keeping financial records, marketing your services, setting fees, writing contracts, dealing with clients, and more. We will have online discussions and live chats to share experiences, network, review assignments, and answer questions.
You've perfected your editing skills, taken out your business license, and printed business cards. Now what? You've got to get the word out! Learn how to identify your area of expertise, determine niche markets, and investigate ways to market your services through online and offline strategies. Develop your marketing message and create promotional materials and presentations that relay your message. At the end of the course, you will have a 3-month marketing plan and schedule to get you into action. Build in support, accountability, follow up, and monitoring to help stay on track. As you work through assignments, you will see results and soon be a marketing pro!
Social media is great way to promote your editing business. Participating in online conversations about language can help readers see you as the professional you are. Learning strategies for using those conversations to build your reputation is vital to making social media marketing work. The key is to learn the basics of social media promotion specifically as an editor. Learn from the experts: marketing and editing professionals who’ve successfully used social media to create their brands. Discover the basic concepts of marketing, business writing, and social media marketing and how to apply it to your freelance business or job search. During this course, you will build a social media marketing plan that will guide your conversations from all over the web to your online marketing hub, where you can get clients interested in hiring you.
The ability to edit your own written work is a skill that's highly valued by employers and publishers. Whether your job or hobby is to create blog content, feature articles, or marketing copy, it is essential that you be able to organize your thoughts in logical, clear, and engaging ways. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to recognize good writing, critique their own work, write clean copy, and edit content for optimal readability. Students will create a portfolio site as part of this course.
Learn to write and edit for the thriving medium of our time. As more and more print publications go online, it's vital to understand the ins and outs of emerging media and technology. Learn how to edit for the particular needs of web development and design. Go beyond the basics to learn the relationship between text and search engine optimization, interactivity, meta tags and social media. Explore recent trends in Web 2.0, crowd sourcing and copyright. Your editing education is not complete until you have discovered the power of digital media.
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Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.
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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.
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.
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