Online Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology Essentials
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100% Online Information Technology Essentials Certificate classes start October 25, 2021.
How long is the Information Technology Essentials Certificate Program?
Our IT Essentials certificate program is 100% online, adding to the ability for it to be completed while you still meet work and family needs. Completing this IT certificate program takes:
- 8 courses
- 23 minimum credit hours
- As little as eight months1—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits
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Job Opportunities in the Information Technology (IT) Field
At DeVry, we design our classes to help you gain the confidence you need to hit the ground running in the information technology workforce. Graduates with our online IT essentials undergraduate certificate may consider entry-level opportunities in positions such as:
- Computer Network Support Specialist
Also called technical support specialists, these professionals analyze, troubleshoot and evaluate computer network problems. This career path primarily focuses on technical knowledge but can be enhanced by good communication skills that enable you to communicate technical needs to managers and company leaders.
- IT Help Desk Support Specialist
The IT help desk support specialist, also known as user support specialists or technicians, will work directly with individual employees – who generally do not have a background in IT – to assist with computer problems. This role also specializes in avoiding jargon to help diagnose computer problems and requires elements of customer service, communication and technical knowledge.
- Entry-Level Network System Administrator
The LAN system administrator will deploy and administer wireless infrastructure and supporting network systems. While this is an entry-level position, an undergraduate certificate in IT essentials can communicate the level of knowledge that employers want to see as networks become increasingly vital to company productivity.
- Computer Systems Analyst
The computer systems analyst ensures that all of the computer systems impacting organizational goals are supported. This role looks at the strengths and weakness of existing systems to identify areas for improvement. It's an excellent career path for the more analytically minded and is also great for those who are able to clearly communicate issues and solutions to decision-makers at a company.
|MATH114||Algebra for College Students|
|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|
|CEIS299||Careers and Technology|
IT Essentials FAQs
What can I do with a certificate in information technology?
A certificate in information technology essentials from DeVry can help prepare you for a career by giving you the hands-on experience you need to pursue relevant roles across a variety of industries. By completing our online IT Essentials certificate program, you can also apply your qualifying credits toward these associate degree programs at DeVry:
- Associate in Information Technology and Networking
- Associate in Engineering Technology
- Associate in Network Systems Administration
Every course from your associate degree program then stacks into a qualifying bachelor’s degree program at DeVry:
How important are IT certificates in the workplace?
The importance of having an undergraduate IT certificate will depend on the specific area of IT and the company for which you wish to work. However, a certificate in IT demonstrates your expertise in the discipline to prospective employers.
It's helpful to remember that IT is a cornerstone of any successful business today. Employers have started to implement stricter standards when it comes to the qualifications of those who they hire into this department. A certificate can help you prove to an employer that you're knowledgeable in IT.
Do you need an IT certificate for IT work?
Different employers have varying standards when it comes to IT work. In general, a higher level of education, whether that be an undergraduate IT essentials certificate or another technology degree, may help you stand out amongst other applicants. As the IT profession develops more standards and protocols, it's likely that a certificate or degree will become essential for many positions in information technology.
How do you earn a certificate in information technology?
To earn a certificate in IT essentials at DeVry, you will need to complete 8 courses totaling a minimum of 23 credit hours. The program includes classes such as:
- Introduction to Technology
- Information Systems
- Introduction to Operating Systems
Apply here to begin.
What kind of job can I get with an information technology certificate?
Graduates of DeVry’s certificate in information technology essentials program may consider careers such as:
- Computer Network Support Specialist
- IT Helpdesk Support Specialist
- Entry Level Network Administrator
- Computer Systems Analyst
What kind of education do I need for a certificate in information technology?
To begin coursework for DeVry’s online IT Essentials certificate program, you must have a high school diploma or GED and must place in MATH062 & ENGL062 or above. If applicable, you must also complete transitional studies courses.3
Please see Academic Catalog for complete admissions requirements.
What are the benefits of information technology?
The benefits of information technology are broad, but include the ability to protect and store information, automate processes, gain remote access to systems and communicate on a global scale. IT professionals are essential to maintain smooth workflow between departments, help reduce frustration and increase cost savings. The best IT professionals anticipate issues before they arise and can build systems that have a degree of futureproofing to protect companies from costly process breakdowns.
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1Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.
2Restrictions apply. Please see Scholarships and Grants page for complete details.
3Transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
4Data includes all partner tuition savings, institutional scholarships, and grants for the period from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.
5The 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.