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Online Undergraduate Certificate in Programming Essentials

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100% Online Programming Essentials Certificate classes start August 30, 2021.

Quick Facts

How long is the Computer Programming Essentials Certificate Program?

  • 7 Courses
  • 22 minimum credit hours
  • Can be completed in as little as 10 months1 — or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

Online Certificate in Programming Essentials Program – What you Can Learn

Our computer programming certificate will help you develop the essential skills needed to find your place in the field of technology and programming. You will gain the ability to develop logically structured software solutions through the use of high-level programming languages.

Our computer Programming Essentials certificate covers the following:

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Information Systems

Design and implement normalized databases using reports, forms and tables.

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Coding and Programming

Learn to write code for applications and develop programs to find solutions to problems.

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Digital Devices and Digital Literacy

Explore digital concepts, devices and connectivity within the realm of the Internet of Things (IoT). Topics include networking, securing and deploying digital devices and applying appropriate technologies.

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Operating Systems

Install and configure operating systems using Command Line Interface (CLI).

Computer Programming Essentials Certificate Admissions Requirements

Students must place in MATH062 & ENGL062 or above. To begin program coursework, you must first complete transitional studies courses2, if applicable.  Please see the catalog for complete admissions requirements.

Programming Essentials Certificate and Financial Aid

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Job Opportunities in the Computer Programming Field

Graduates of our online Programming Essentials Certificate program may consider, but are not limited to, opportunities in positions such as:

  • Coder
    A software coder helps write and develop applications using software coding languages.

  • Programmer I
    This role will code and test programming for software and mobile apps, as well as develop and deploy computer applications.
  • Information Systems Technician
    This role requires researching and installing new systems and networks, implementing technology and assisting the work of systems and business analysts, developers and support specialists.

Program Courses


MATH114 Algebra for College Students

Tech Core

CEIS101C Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
CEIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems
CEIS110 Introduction to Programming

Information Systems and Programming

CEIS150 Programming with Objects
CEIS209 Intermediate Programming

Career Preparation

CEIS299 Careers and Technology

Computer Programming FAQs

How long does it take to get a computer programming certificate?

To earn a computer programming certificate at DeVry, you will complete 7 courses with a minimum of 22 credit hours. This includes classes like Introduction to Technology and Information Systems and Introduction to Operating Systems. Our certificate can be completed in as little as 10 months1 —or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

What can you do with a computer programming certificate?

By completing a computer programming certificate at DeVry, you will learn how to write code and implement software solutions using programming languages like Python.

Which is more valuable: A certificate in computer programming or computer applications?

It depends on your personal goals and the type of work you are interested in doing. Learning programming can help you modify existing applications or create new applications, while a certificate in computer applications trains you to use common applications like office productivity software. However, since applications also utilize programming within their systems to design and deploy them, a certificate in computer programming can help you pursue roles as an application user as well.

What jobs can you get with a certificate in computer programming?

Graduates of DeVry’s Programming Essentials Undergraduate Certificate program may consider, but are not limited to, the following careers:

  • Programmer 1
  • Information Systems Technician
  • Coder

Build Skills With Stackable Degrees

Earn a Credential at Every Step

You don’t have to wait four years to show a credential on your resume.  At DeVry, several programs are designed to stack. 

  • Start with a shorter credential that takes less time so it’s more affordable
  • Flexible online and on-site classes build your professional skills right away
  • Every course counts toward the next degree level4

How Do Credentials Stack?

Here’s an example: When you earn an undergraduate certificate in Programming Essentials, every course you complete in the program applies to an Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking with a specialization in Information Systems Programming or any specialization of a bachelor’s degree in either Computer Information Systems or Software Development.

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1Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.
2Transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
3Data includes all partner tuition savings, institutional scholarships and grants for the period from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.
4The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.
*The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.