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"I was a bit concerned that I wouldn't feel particularly engaged. Now, I actually feel that online courses are better than learning in the classroom."
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Offering proficiency in copyediting, line editing and developmental editing, the Professional Sequence in Editing is the ideal training for those with a passion for fine-tuning the written word. The curriculum builds from grammar and usage to editing for various goals and audiences and culminates in the art of substantive editing to refine an author's style. Courses are taught by working professionals with years of experience. Whether you want to begin a rewarding editing career, rise to a management position in publishing or apply editing expertise in a related profession, the program can help turn your editorial sensibilities into marketable skills.

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Required CoursesYou must take the required courses in the order listed. Each course serves as a prerequisite for the next course in the sequence.
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
ENGLISH X445 Grammar, Mechanics and Usage for Editors 2 Online Not Available
JOURN X405 Editorial Workshop I: Introduction to Copyediting 2 Online Not Available
JOURN X415 Editorial Workshop II: Intermediate Copyediting 2 Online Not Available
An equivalent course from the Professional Sequence in Technical Communication can be substituted.
JOURN X425 Advanced Editorial Workshop: Substantive Editing 2 Online Not Available

Course availability is subject to change. Courses offered in both online and classroom environments are interchangeable; if both delivery options are available, you may choose either option.

To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section. You may enroll in individual courses without registering for a certificate or program.

Prerequisites for Admission

You must be proficient in English and have a solid grasp of English grammar.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 4 required courses for a total of 8 semester units (120 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable program registration fee.

All courses must be taken for a letter grade. To receive the Award of Completion, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. All coursework must be completed within three years of registering for the program.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Professional Sequence in Editing, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart. Please allow 3–5 business days for the registration to appear in your student account.

You may also send the mail-in registration form with your credit card information or personal check.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The program has an estimated total cost of $2,600 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the program coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your Award of Completion. Send an email to or call (510) 642-6362. After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved, your award will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the award.