IT - Software Development Specialist

18-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code 30-152-5

Software development specialists work to create and modify general computer applications and software to provide solutions to various business needs. In this program, develop a solid foundation in Java Programming, architecture and database skills. Upon completion of the diploma program, possess the skills to build stand-alone and client-server applications, including web applications.

How Long It Will Take

Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in two years.

Start Date

You can begin this program in the fall or spring semester.

How This Program Is Offered

This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting.

What Makes This Program Unique

  • This program is designed for those with some industry or educational experience who are looking to strengthen their technical skill set.
  • Local and national competitions allow you to demonstrate competencies and engage with students from other college and universities.
  • The IT Student Center provides IT students with a wealth of resources to practice their skills, complete group projects and work with mentors.
  • Advance your career by applying credits earned in this technical diploma to the IT - Web and Software Developer associate degree.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.

This program includes general-education courses as well as introductory and advanced technology core courses. You may also have the opportunity to obtain credit for prior learning.

How To Apply

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2019 Start

  • Submit application by August 5, 2019
  • Complete checklist items by August 12, 2019

Spring 2019 Start

  • Submit application by January 3, 2019
  • Complete checklist items by January 10, 2019

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Financial Aid Eligibility

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

Cost

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Career Salaries

$31,000 – $45,000 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Potential Careers

If you are an analytical, business-minded team player, and you like to look at processes from a big-picture perspective, the field of software development may be right for you. Those in this field work with others to offer product solutions, design and implement software, and provide training and support for use of these applications.

  • Mobile Application Specialist
  • Information Technology Application Specialist
  • Web Application Specialist

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

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

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

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.

 

Program Instructors

Matt Green, MA Ed | 262.691.5315
Jeff Grissom, BS | 262.695.3488
Tyler Kowalchuk, BS | 262.691.530
Brittney Schultz, BS | 262.695.3492