- Type of Degree: Certificate
- Location: Williston Campus, Online, Randolph Center Campus
- Credit Requirements: 23
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 average salaries. The work can be often found across industries and is needed in both small and large organizations. 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.
Vermont Technical College offers a series of certificates for students who have already completed a degree, either at Vermont Tech or elsewhere, and who are seeking to expand their skill set to a new domain. Each certificate consists of 6-8 courses within a discipline and provide the essential material for that discipline. Certificates require all students to have previously earned an associate degree (or higher) from an accredited institution. These certificates expect little specialized preparation, although they may require an appropriate math or science background as noted.
Advanced certificates require all students to have previously earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. The advanced certificates require a more substantial background, such as completing a minor in the field or earning a basic certificate in the area.
To earn a certificate, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA for the entire certificate of at least 3.0. Courses where the final grade is below a C do not count toward the certificate, but with the permission of the host department, a subsequent course may be substituted for use in the certificate. For students with a particularly strong background, up to 2 courses may be waived by department permission.
This certificate prepares students with no prior experience for a limited role in a software development group.
- Scholarships: While there are no program-specific scholarships available at this time, additional scholarships are available.
Education & Career Opportunities
Employment of software developers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of software developers is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. The main reason for the rapid growth is a large increase in the demand for computer software.
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