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PHP Programming Undergraduate Certificate Online Undergraduate Certificate Program


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Semester Schedule

Two 7-Week Terms Per Semester

Three Semesters Per Year

Credit Hours Required


Time Commitment

10-17 hours per course per week*

*Some courses in this certificate program may have prerequisites. Cost

Cost per Credit


$250 Active Duty Military


Fast & Free Application

Apply By

February 14, 2020

Classes Start

March 16, 2020

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Explore PHP Programming Undergraduate Certificate

Gain a solid foundation in one of the most widely used programming languages today (including knowledge of 12+ applications, platforms, and programming languages) with Champlain's online PHP programming certificate, and enter this field with a credential employers will respect.

This certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program, or can be used as a stepping stone on the way to obtaining your online bachelor's degree in computer information systems or online bachelor's degree in web design & development.

Build Your Career Future

We understand how important it is for busy working adults to gain knowledge and expertise quickly, which is why our PHP programming certificate coursework is applicable to the workplace from day one. Whether you've already earned an undergraduate degree or you're currently pursuing your bachelor's degree, a PHP programming certificate is a great way to earn a credential in the field, get your resume noticed, and demonstrate proficiency in a focused area of knowledge.

Academic Excellence and Recognition

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Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education

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Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report

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Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community

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Gain New Skills with a Certificate

Computer and information technology occupations are projected to grow 12% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all new occupations, as a result of an increased business focus on cloud computer, data collection and storage, and information security.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019

Top Reasons to Pursue a Certificate

  • Enter a new field
  • Build new skills
  • Gain knowledge on your way towards a degree
  • Differentiate your resume
  • Earn a credential
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a focused area of learning
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Program Details

Learn more about Champlain's 100% online PHP programming undergraduate certificate, designed for working professionals.

Champlain's online PHP programming courses encompass the top skills needed by today's information technology professionals.

Learn the basics and more in this course on Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) and SQL (Structured Query Language). Students propose a final project in the first module and then work, week-by-week, to design, create, and populate the database. Then, students learn to create queries and stored procedures.



Students who want to build database-driven or interactive web sites benefit from this course which covers PHP and MySQL along with how to build sites that incorporate authentication and security. Each week hands-on assignments are used to reinforce concepts. Students advance from an introduction to PHP and basic syntax, to handling user input and manipulating arrays in web forms to queries.


WEBD-125, CMIT-200

Hands-on learning begins in week one when students must create a Pen in CodePen before they can submit a short program written in Javascript and continues through the final project in which students produce a web application that contains specific elements. Functions, objects, and events, but also DOM (Document Object Model), AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML), and JSON (Javascript Object Notation), are presented in this course.


WEBD-225, CMIT-135

Complex web page designs fully utilized all the functionality provided by the browser. In this course, students complete a variety of hands-on assignments as part of a redesign of an existing site. One week they recreate a page using appropriate HTML5 tags, while in another they implement drag and drop functionality that must work when the site is displayed in the Chrome browser. Later in the course, students animate transitions and build a basic responsive version of the site.



This course covers advanced database connectivity techniques, focusing on building secure ecommerce applications. Students will learn basic and advanced object oriented programming techniques, using libraries and frameworks, and integrating PHP and AJAX applications. These are the techniques necessary to prepare students to build server-side enterprise web applications.



Students will become familiar with a variety of content management systems and how they operate. They will then customize several different kinds of open-source software for a number of purposes and real-world applications. This will require students to incorporate all the skills they've learned to this point and apply them to customizing an application to meet the specific needs of a client.



Graduates of the online PHP programming certificate program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:

  • Get hands-on programming experience using open-source software, PHP and MySQL to build professional-quality, database-driven websites.
  • Develop the skills to build interactive web sites with authentication and security by integrating PHP with HTML and CSS.
  • Learn how to apply basic and advanced object-oriented programming techniques, use libraries, frameworks and advanced database connectivity techniques, and integrate PHP with other web technologies to build secure e-commerce applications.
  • Become familiar with a variety of open-source content management systems written in PHP and understand how they operate.
  • Customize an application to meet the specific needs of a client use case as would be done in a real-world application.
  • AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML)
  • CSS
  • CodePen
  • DOM (Document Object Model)
  • HTML5
  • Javascript
  • JSON (Javascript Object Notation)
  • MySQL
  • PHP
  • Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS)
  • SQL (Structured Query Language)
  • XML

Champlain College Online's technology faculty, led by Cybersecurity Program Chair Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our PHP programming certificate curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s technology professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the field, and create a rich community of career-focused learning.

Alumni of the Champlain College Online undergraduate certificate in PHP programming work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:

  • Green Mountain Inn
  • Minitab
  • National Gift Card
  • Pitney Bowes


Titles our alumni hold include:

  • Field System Specialist
  • User Experience Designer
  • VP of Operations

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