Programming and Software Development Postbaccalaureate Certificate
With technology constantly evolving, it’s important to have tech professionals with current knowledge. Kaplan University’s Programming and Software Development Postbaccalaureate Certificate can help you reach your online technology potential.
By choosing this certificate, you will explore software development, advanced programming, advanced database concepts, and advanced software development and design strategies. You will learn various types of programming languages.
Programming and Software Development Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program Highlights
The Programming and Software Development Certificate’s curriculum provides you with the opportunity to:
- Gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you succeed in the web technology field
- Use software development skills to create solutions that meet the needs of users and organizations.
- Evaluate IT trends and current best practices in software development to recommend the best product for each business process.
Prepare for Certification
The certificate could help prepare you for the CIW Associate Design Specialist certification exam.†
Higher Education at the Highest Standards
Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.
What are the Career Opportunities?
This program is designed to provide you with the specialized knowledge to seek entry-level employment working in the field of programming and software development.*
Prepare for Future Studies
Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be applied toward the requirements of certain Kaplan University degree programs. When the time is right, come back and earn your degree online at Kaplan University.
Curriculum: All Tracks
- Certificate Requirements
Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 34
Total Program Credits: 34
- IT 213: SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT CONCEPTS Change
This course introduces the fundamentals of software engineering, demonstrating how the fundamentals are the same across multiple programming languages. The core principles found in every programming language are investigated. You will design, develop, debug, and test simple applications using your choice from the programming language options.
IT 117 | Corequisite: IT 234 (recommended)
- IT 232: SOFTWARE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT CONCEPTS Change
This is an intermediate course in the design and development of programs offering students a choice of implementation and demonstrating how design and programming concepts are universal. Students will apply software design techniques, software process models, object-oriented programming concepts, and secure data-handling techniques. Students will design, develop, debug, and test intermediate-level applications using their choice from the programming language options.
IT 213 | Corequisite: IT 302 (recommended for Bachelor of Science in Information Technology students)
- IT 350: ADVANCED DATABASE CONCEPTS Change
This course covers theories and techniques of database design and incorporates advanced concepts of the database language Transact-SQL (T-SQL) for creating efficient database implementations. You will expand your developmental skills by capturing the business requirements and creating the conceptual design using a modeling tool for generating the entity-relationship diagram (ERD). You will transform the conceptual design into the logical design in order to create and manipulate the database objects. Finally, you will use a high-level programming language and connect to an MS SQL Server database for displaying organized information to users.
- IT 391: ADVANCED SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT INCLUDING WEB AND MOBILITY Change
This course focuses on advanced design and programming concepts and techniques offering you a choice of implementation and demonstrating how advanced concepts apply across a variety of languages. You will develop advanced software, web, and mobile applications, while applying concepts related to data structures, algorithms, web services, graphics, mobile, and multimedia. You also learn how to create interactive applications across a variety of platforms (traditional applications, websites, and mobile applications).
IT 232, IT 234, and IT 302
- IT 481: DISTRIBUTED SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT Change
This course further expands advanced software design and development concepts, offering the student a choice of implementations and demonstrating how the concepts apply across a variety of languages. Students will apply analysis and benchmarking, database creation and usage, database normalization, Data in Motion and Data at Rest security, threading, reentrancy, and advanced testing concepts. Students will also learn how to package software for distribution.
IT 350 and IT 391
- IT 488: SOFTWARE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT USING AGILE Change
This project-based course concludes the multiplatform software development series of courses and allows you to apply your learning to the development of a software product in an agile team software development environment. You will explore the concepts of agile development and then implement those concepts as you work on an agile development team, designing and developing a software product using an agile software development life cycle, from concept to packaged product.
IT 481 and IT 350
- IT 213: SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT CONCEPTS Change
Can I Afford This?
Kaplan University is committed to helping you find more ways to save on college tuition. Our Tuition Cap, military reductions, and transfer and experiential learning credits are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.
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*Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
†Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Kaplan University program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.
‡This program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.