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Software Development Undergraduate Certificate Online Undergraduate Certificate Program


100% Online

24/7 Access to Coursework

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

April 10, 2020

Classes Start

May 11, 2020

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Explore Software Development Undergraduate Certificate

Earn your software development certificate online at Champlain College (including knowledge of multiple key applications, platforms, and programming languages) and enter this in-demand 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 associate degree in software development, online bachelor's degree in software development, or online bachelor's degree in computer information systems.

Build Your Career Future

We understand how important it is for busy working adults to gain knowledge and expertise quickly, which is why our software development 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 software development 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

New England Commission of Higher Education Logo

Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education

US News & World Report Best Online Programs Bachelor's Badge 2020

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

Military Friendly School Badge

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

Top Degrees MBA Program Designation Badge

Named among the top MBA programs by Abound/Colleges of Distinction

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 software development undergraduate certificate, designed for working professionals.

Champlain's online software development courses encompass the top skills needed by today's software development professionals.

Required Courses:

CMIT 200 Relational Database Design and SQL

SDEV 230 Information Systems Analysis and Design

Plus Choose One Of The Following Options:


SDEV 240 C++ Programming

SDEV 340 C++ Programming II

SDEV 250 Java Programming I

SDEV 350 Java Programming II


SDEV 240 C++ Programming

SDEV 340 C++ Programming II

SDEV 260 Visual C# Programming I

SDEV 360 Visual C# Programming II


SDEV 250 Java Programming I

SDEV 350 Java Programming II

SDEV 260 Visual C# Programming I

SDEV 360 Visual C# Programming II

For Course Descriptions, See Below:

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

  • Build a solid foundation of knowledge of core technologies required to design and develop stand-alone and web-based software applications.
  • Use object-oriented programming principles to build reusable software components that model real-world objects, reduce complexity and make software easier to maintain.
  • Gain hands-on experience using industry standard application development tools to create data and logic components, graphical user-interfaces and error handling routines to build robust desktop and web-based applications in either Java or C# in the .NET Framework.
  • Use database-driven web applications that make use of advanced media and web services components available with either Java or C# in the .NET Framework.
  • C++
  • Java Programming
  • Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS)
  • SQL (Structured Query Language)
  • Visual C# Programming

Champlain College Online's technology faculty, led by Program Director Dr. Sérgio Tenreiro de Magalhães, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our software development certificate curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s software development 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 software development program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:

  • Aventura Technologies
  • City of Burlington Public Works
  • Dealertrack Technologies
  • Goldman Sachs
  • ICF Macro
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • U.S. Navy
  • Vermont Air National Guard 
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals


Titles our alumni hold include:

  • Database Administrator
  • Lead IT Specialist 
  • Producer/Designer
  • Nuclear Weapons Program Specialist
  • Software Developer Manager
  • Software Engineer
  • Survey Programmer
  • Technical Support

Tuition & Costs

Continuing your education is an investment in your future. Learn more about our affordable tuition rates.

Dare to Expect More of Champlain Online

Expect Convenience

Our programs are designed for busy adults. Go to school wherever and whenever is best for you, on the device of your choice.

Expect A Career Focus

Everything you learn in our online classrooms is relevant and immediately applicable to your work.

Expect Support

Your education journey is our priority and our student support team has your back every step of the way.

Expect Superior Faculty

Learn from practitioner faculty working in the field, with real-world experience and knowledge.

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