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IT - Software Developer Program Details

Join the software revolution that is reshaping our world! Software developers are in high demand with a variety of skills ranging from building a website or application, supporting a business system, interfacing into other electronic devices, to writing a report against a database. As a software developer you are the architect and builder of a virtual environment that people utilize for productivity, services, and entertainment. You are a business professional who helps businesses compete in a global market.

The IT Software Developer program is hands-on in a collaborative learning environment. You will work individually and in groups on a variety of programming challenges and projects. 

You'll learn to:

  • Develop dynamic Web applications using state-of-the-art tools: HTML/CSS, ASP.NET, JSP, JavaScript, and PHP
  • Manage data and databases using SQL, MS Access, SQLite SQL Server, and MySQL
  • Design and write computer programs using Java, C#.NET, and Visual Basic.Net
  • Analyze business processes and apply solutions with Agile software development and industry-standard reporting tools such as Crystal Reports
  • Utilize operating systems and platforms, including UNIX, Windows, and Mac OS X

The software developer program also helps you develop valuable workplace skills including; time management, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and environmental awareness.

Throughout the Software Developer Associate Degree, you will earn the Software Development Specialist Technical Diploma. This coursework automatically applies to both credentials as you progress through the associate degree program.

Do you have prior work, volunteer, or military experience? Get CVTC credit for it!

If you have previous experience from work, military, professional development, volunteer, or certifications, you could turn that experience into college credit! Learn more about Credit for Prior Learning.

Just the Facts

Information Technology - Software Developer
62 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program:
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates
August and January

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $10,408

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CVTC offers up to $5,000 scholarships to students enrolled full-time in STEM programs who exhibit academic talent and financial need. To learn more and apply, click here.

Additional Information

Program Outcomes

Non-Traditional Occupation

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How To Enroll

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2 Years
Earn Your Degree Fast

Graduate with an IT Software Developer associate degree in just two years.

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Make More Money

Our recent Information Technology - Software Developer graduates reported an average starting salary of $49,207.

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Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the IT - Software Developer program.
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  • .NET Application Development
    In this course you will learn the Visual Basic or C# language using ADO.NET for database interaction, develop subs and functions, and develop objects and classes.
  • Java Web Programming
    Students will write programs using the latest Sun Java release. The class focuses on the use of advanced Java features necessary for real world business applications.
  • Database-Driven Web Design/Development
    Students will explore topics in server-side web development using PHP. Students will get hands-on experience in the PHP environment with database applications using PHP and MySQL, sessions, cookies, string-handling, and other related topics.

Transfer Credits

Once you’ve completed your associate degree at CVTC, if you are interested in pursuing further education, we have agreements with several institutions. To view a list of CVTC’s transfer agreements, click here.


  • Computer Engineer
  • Information Systems Quality Assurance
  • Integration Developer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Support Specialist

Career Outlook

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 4% growth is projected in software developer positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

CVTC offers three programs that lead to careers in information technology.

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