Software Development student.

IT - Software Development Specialist

18-credit Technical Diploma

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Software development specialists work to create and modify general computer applications and software to provide solutions to various business needs. Their main duties are to offer product solutions, design and implement software, and provide training and support for use of these applications. In the program, develop a solid foundation in Java Programming, architecture and database skills. This program is designed for those with some industry or educational experience who are looking to strengthen their technical skill set. Upon completion of the diploma program, possess the skills to build stand-alone and client-server applications, including web applications.

  • Prepare for jobs such as mobile application specialist, information technology application specialist and web application specialist.
  • Credits earned in the 22-credit Software Development Specialist program can be applied to the 70-credit Web and Software Developer Associate of Applied Science degree.
  • The IT Student Center provides IT students with a wealth of resources to practice their skills, complete group projects and work with mentors.
  • Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
  • As a complement to the program, several short-term IT certificates are available within the School of Business.

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Program Code 30-152-5

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 152-105 Intro to Web Development2+*
 152-138 Java Programming3 *
 804-133 Math & Logic3 *
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 152-115 Database Concepts and SQL3  
 152-135 Advanced Java Programming4  
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 152-197 Distributed Java3 *
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.