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Online Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology Essentials

Technology is evolving quickly and you can be a part of it. Begin developing the core skills you need in an IT role with our Information Technology (IT) Essentials Certificate program. This online IT certificate will expose you to concepts across the broad field of IT, so as you continue your education journey with us, you can choose a more specialized program that best fits your future goals. You’ll gain hands-on experience with Internet of Things (IoT) projects to help jump-start your IT career.

In this program you will explore and apply skills in the following areas:

  • Networking
  • Digital Devices
  • Programming
  • Operating systems and more

Tech Essentials Grant

At DeVry University, we’re proud to offer various scholarships and grants to help you with your educational interests. Among them is the Tech Essentials Grant, which offers qualifying students additional financial assistance to pursue their interest in the field of technology. This grant award program is available to new and readmit undergraduate students and offers $2,400 toward the cost of their IT Essentials Certificate Program, upon successful completion of the program.1

Stackable Programs That Build with Your IT Career

Are you eager to get started in an entry-level IT role and interested in a short program that can help you to hit the ground running? This online Information Technology certificate program helps you develop essential skills in as few as 8 months.2 And as you grow in your career, you may be able to apply credits from the IT Essentials Certificate program toward qualifying associate and bachelor’s degree programs at DeVry University. Take the next steps and develop specialized skills in areas like cyber security, engineering technology, networking, software development and more - so that you can prepare to move to the next level.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology Essentials in as little as 8 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.


What You'll Learn

The Information Technology (IT) Essentials certificate program covers the following specific skills through our tech-empowered learning approach, which covers core business and soft skills, but also an understanding of relevant technologies associated within this area of study:

  • communicate methods and findings icon
    Communicate Methods and Findings
    Learn to communicate the rationale behind research methods and recommendations while presenting performance objectives, issues and solutions.
  • networking icon
    Gain working knowledge of the underlying technology of local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and the Internet, including networking media, the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP), routing and switching, and small network configuration and troubleshooting.
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    System, Component and Process Design
    Design systems, components, or processes for broadly defined engineering technology problems.
  • complex problem solving icon
    Complex Problem Solving
    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • data analysis icon
    Data Analysis
    Learn to draw conclusions by finding patterns and relationships in numerical data with tools used for statistical analysis.
  • experimenting measuring and analyzing icon
    Experimenting, Measuring and Analyzing Results from Tests
    Conduct standard tests and measurements; conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and apply experimental results to improve processes.
  • collaborate in dynamic work environments icon
    Collaborate in Dynamic Work Environments
    Learn to collaborate with colleagues in varying locations and environments to coordinate and share information.
  • design solutions for technology driven problems icon
    Design Solutions for Technology-driven Problems
    Develop problem-solving skills to develop business solutions based upon networking, computing, and electronic devices.
  • digital devices icon
    Digital Devices
    Explore digital concepts, devices and connectivity within the realm of the Internet of Things (IoT). Topics include networking, securing, and deploying digital devices.
  • apply math and science principles through programming icon
    Apply Knowledge of Math and Science Principles through Programming
    Apply knowledge of math and science principles through programming to solve well-defined technology problems. C++.Net is the primary programming language used.
  • digital literacy icon
    Digital Literacy
    Apply appropriate technologies.

IT Certification Prep

Certifications can be meaningful additions to any education credential, especially for those in technology focused roles. The online IT Essentials certificate program contains curriculum that helps prepare students for IT certification opportunities like:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA LINUX+
  • CompTIA Cloud+
  • Microsoft Technology Associate – Python

Career Opportunities

Graduates with our online IT Essentials Undergraduate Certificate may consider entry level opportunities in positions, such as:

  • Computer Network Support Specialist

  • IT Helpdesk Support Specialist

  • Entry Level Network System Administrator

  • Computer Systems Analyst

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
CEIS114 Introduction Digital Devices
NETW191 Introduction to Information Technology & Networking
NETW211 Fundamentals of Cloud Computing

Career Preparation

CEIS299 Careers and Technology

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 level3

How Do Credentials Stack?

Here's an example: When you earn an IT Essentials Undergraduate Certificate, every course you completed in the program applies to an Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking, which then stacks into a bachelor’s degree in:

  • Information Technology and Networking
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Engineering Technology – Electronics
  • Software Development

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1Restrictions apply. Please see Scholarships and Grants page for complete details.
2Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment. Additional program information may be found at https://www.devry.edu/online-programs.html.
3The 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.