Prepare yourself for a new career in the IT field or advance your current position with the Certificate Program in Software Development and Programming. Learn how to code, and then focus on topic areas such as the software development life cycle, databases, system administration, security, data communications and web development.
There are no formal prerequisites for the Certificate Program in Software Development and Programming.
The curriculum comprises 5–6 required courses (depending on specific courses taken) for a total of 10 semester units (150 hours of instruction). Students must take one programming course and courses from at least two different topic areas other than programming. Introduction to Computers and Programming does not count as a separate topic area. Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate application fee.
You must take all courses for a letter grade. To receive the certificate, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA), with a grade of C or better (no C-minus grades) in each course. A Certificate With Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 4.0 (effective to those who register beginning Jan. 2, 2018).
All coursework must be completed within five years. However, requirements may be updated based on new developments in the field of study; we recommend completing the curriculum in a timely fashion.
How to Register
By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Certificate Program in Software Development and Programming, complete these two steps:
- Submit the online registration, and complete your student account if you a are a new student.
- Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart. Please allow 3–5 business days for the registration to appear in your student account.
You should register for the certificate before you complete your second course in the curriculum.
Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated cost of $4,000 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.
Certificate and Award Request
Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 642-4151. After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved (usually within two to three weeks), your certificate will be mailed to you.
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