Computer Software Development
Demand for information technology professionals is strong and growing. Jobs in software development are projected to grow as fast as average or faster, with earnings potential above the national average. The work can be often found across industries and is needed in both small and large organizations. This program is a good introduction for those with little, or no, software experience. Employees with these skills are highly valued. Students earning this certificate should expect to find work as an entry-level programmer, software designer, or engineer at a software company.
This certificate program is not a Title IV eligible educational program and does not qualify for federal financial aid.
These certificates are designed for the student who has already earned a degree from an accredited institution and wants to obtain higher-level skills. A student pursuing these certificates should have prior academic work or equivalent work experience.
To earn a certificate, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA for the entire certificate of at least 3.0. Courses in which the final grade is below a C don’t count toward the certificate, but a subsequent course may be substituted with permission. For a student with a particularly strong background, up to two courses may be waived with permission.
A student with a certificate in Computer Software Development will be able to:
- Program proficiency in an object-oriented programming language
- Develop and maintain static and simple dynamic web pages, including those connected to databases
- Install, monitor, and maintain simple computer networks
Projected Employment Growth for Computer & Informational Technology Occupations, 2019-2029 (source: BLS)