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.
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.
For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.
You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.
How To Apply
- Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
- Submit official high school transcript.
- Complete placement assessment (Math only).
- Complete Computer Skills Assessment.
Deadlines To Know*
Fall 2020 Start
- Submit application by August 3, 2020
- Complete checklist items by August 10, 2020
Spring 2021 Start
- Submit application by January 5, 2021
- Complete checklist items by January 11, 2021
* 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
- Other forms of assistance
Learn more about financial aid.
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.
$51,000 – $81,000 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.
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
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.
- 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.