Editing is a necessary specialization in a variety of publishing fields. Most employers of technical editors look for at least an associate's degree and a background in English and writing, along with experience in the technical field involved.
10 Schools with Technical Writing/Editing Programs
These programs offer degrees in the areas of writing, editing and communications.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition
|University of Central Florida||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||Doctoral||(graduate) $6,916 in-state, $25,759 out-of-state|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||(undergraduate) $13,560 in-state, $36,360 out-of-state|
|Purdue University-Main Campus||West Lafayette, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||(undergraduate) $10,002 in-state, $28,804 out-of-state|
|Northern Virginia Community College||Annandale, VA||2-year, Public||Certificate||(undergraduate) $5,138 in-state, $11,055 out-of-state|
|University of Washington - Seattle Campus||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor's||(undergraduate) $11,839 in-state, $34,143 out-of-state; (graduate) $15,207 in-state, $27,255 out-of-state|
|Austin Community College District||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||(undergraduate) $2,550 in-district, $9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state|
|University of North Texas||Denton, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||(undergraduate) $9,730 in-state, $19,090 out-of-state; (graduate) $5,450 in-state, $12,470 out-of-state|
|American River College||Sacramento, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||(undergraduate) $1,194 in-state, $7,440 out-of-state|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine||Media, PA||4-year, Public||Undergrad. Cert.||(undergraduate) $13,964 in-state, $21,158 out-of-state|
|North Carolina State University at Raleigh||Raleigh, NC||4-year, Public||Master's||(graduate) $7,852 in-state, $21,951 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
College Selection Criteria
Find a degree or certificate program that covers the skills of writing and editing; these programs prepare students for careers involving writing and editing. When selecting a technical editing school, consider the following:
- Certificate programs may offer intensely focused study in editing, while degree programs are longer and include general education courses.
- If a university has a student-run newspaper, it could provide hands-on experience opportunities.
- Some universities may offer technical editing internships that could provide valuable real-world contacts.
Technical editing-related coursework exposes students to English grammar, punctuation, writing style and syntax which help them efficiently edit the writings of others. In addition, students are introduced to the use of reference books and style manuals, such as the Chicago Manual of Style and the Associated Press Stylebook, which the editorial industry regularly uses. Certain industry software applications, including InDesign and Quark, might also form part of a technical editing-related program.
Technical editors are vital in a variety of fields including business, technology and scientific work. Colleges across the nation offer programs from certificates to degrees for editors in a variety of areas.