Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Editing

The Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Editing is a 12-hour certificate program that provides academic foundations in histories, theories, and practices of publishing and textual production, as well as practical training in professional writing and editing. The certificate program is an avenue for professional development both for current graduate students and for non-degree-seeking students who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills.


Eligibility Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Editing is open to the following:

  1. Graduate students in any FSU program.
  2. Non-degree-seeking writers and editors from the community—including city, county, state, and federal agency or department staff; business and corporate writers; and area freelance authors. Before applying to the certificate program, these individuals must first register as non-degree-seeking students in order to obtain an FSU EMPLID. Please contact Sheila Bagley, Academic Program Coordinator, Center for Academic and Professional Development (CAPD), for registration details:, 850.644.7551.

    Note: Non-degree-seeking students may request CEU credits instead of regular course credits. If you are a full-time state employee and receive your supervisor’s approval, the Florida tuition-waiver program enables you to take up to two courses a term at FSU for free. Included are courses for the Certificate, toward academic degree requirements, and for professional enrichment and skill development, generally. Internship and directed individual study (DIS) courses are not eligible for tuition waivers under the state’s criteria.

  3. Senior English majors who have earned at least 90 semester hours toward the BA or BS and have maintained at least a 3.5 GPA. Undergraduates must first obtain the Registrar’s graduate-course permission form and collect the instructors’ and other indicated signatures before registering for any 5000-level courses. This form needs to be completed well in advance of the first day of class, so students should email faculty members teaching Certificate courses for permission to enroll early in the registration window.

    Undergraduate students should not assume that they will be able to enroll in Certificate courses in consecutive semesters – it will depend on the courses offered, the faculty teaching them, and the number of graduate students who register. Some professors may want to meet with the student, see a writing sample, or expect to have taught the student previously in an undergraduate course. Graduate students have priority and many courses will fill with graduate students, and other graduate courses may not be appropriate for undergraduates.


Application Process

To apply for the Certificate, please do the following:

  1. Complete this online application.
  2. Email both Professor Ned Stuckey-French, Certificate Program Director (, and Dr. Molly Hand, Editing Internship Program Director ( Please include your FSU EMPLID in the email.

Non-degree-seeking students should be aware of the admission deadlines prior to each term.


Course and Credit Requirements

The 12-credit-hour Certificate requires students to complete a combination of academic and practicum courses at the 5000 level.

  1. Academic courses: At least 3 credit hours in a letter-graded academic course. The list of Certificate-eligible courses will be available during the registration window prior for each term.
  2. Practicum courses: At least 3 credit hours in an editing and publishing practicum or editing internship. ENC 5945, Editing Internship, is available each term (fall, spring, and summer). More information is available on the Editing Internship page, and students should contact Dr. Hand for assistance. Internships are graded S/U. Note: Internship courses are not eligible for tuition waivers according to the state’s criteria.
  3. Additional course work: the remaining 6 credit hours may comprise course work in either category. Students may, for example, take up to 6 credit hours of ENC 5945, and then take two academic courses for their remaining credits. Or, students may take three academic courses (9 credit hours) and do an internship for the remaining three credit hours.


Certificate Completion

At the end of the semester in which you finish the Certificate and after the Registrar has posted your grades for that final semester, submit a summary of your coursework to both Dr. Stuckey-French and Dr. Hand. Follow this format to list each course, one course on each line:

ENC 5XXX. Course title. Fall 20YY. Professor ZZZ. 3 semester hours. Grade: A (B, C; S . . .).

Please also provide your surface-mail address in order to receive the physical document. The University Registrar will post your completion on your permanent electronic file.


Contact Information

Please submit inquiries to both contacts below:
Certificate Program Director: Professor Ned Stuckey-French (
Editing Internship Program Director: Dr. Molly Hand (

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