Writing Professional Certificate Program with Externship

Program Duration: 6 Months

Course Contact Hours: 375

Student Tuition: $3,799

Program Description:

The Writing Professional program develops written communication skills with an emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings, and practicing writing for personal and professional applications. Students will have the opportunity to really break down the writing process and see how it is useful in constructing and finally writing their own work. Students will discover various styles and sentence structures that can alter the meaning and impact of their writing and ensure they have the tools necessary to convey the meaning they intend, communicate their thoughts effectively and clearly and ensure their writing is presented professionally in terms of grammar, spelling and other issues that can otherwise inhibit successful writing. Students will learn the various techniques appropriate to different writing purposes as well as the different tones and styles applicable to particular contexts (professional, academic, clinical, etc.)

Program Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply the steps of the writing process and identify essay components
  • Write effective and grammatically correct paragraphs
  • Analyze the role of reading and writing in your academic and professional career
  • Write effective and grammatically correct essays
  • Apply strategies to achieve clarity and effective style in writing
  • Differentiate between the writing pattern types, sentence types and parts of sentences
  • Discriminate between proper and improper use of punctuation in writing
  • Apply the proper use of punctuation and spelling in writing
  • Examine strategies and guidelines for writing an effective research paper
  • Write an effective and grammatically correct research paper
  • Apply research strategies and methods for finding information
  • Apply the steps of the writing process and appropriate research and citation methods towrite essays, literary analyses, and research papers
  • Critique writing samples in terms of style, substance, research and citation methods
  • Differentiate between the MLA, APA, and Chicago style guides
  • Use Microsoft Office


National Certification:

Upon successful completion of this Columbia Southern University program, students would be
eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program at Columbia Southern University will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so. Columbia Southern University works with each student to complete the exam application and register the student to take their national certification exam.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum:

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location. Columbia Southern University works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide.

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