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IT - Software Development Specialist Overview

The IT - Software Development Specialist technical diploma prepares individuals to provide technical assistance in resolving software-based computer problems in today’s digital office environments.

Students work with a text editor and a browser to develop web pages from scratch using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control color, layout, text, and images. Problem-solving skills are practices as students complete a variety of programming exercises using the JavaScript programming language. Students explore the history and evolution of databases, and investigate current database usage in the industry.

Part of a career pathway, the IT - Software Development Specialist technical diploma credits apply toward the IT - Software Developer associate degree if you choose to continue your education. Call us at 715-833-6300 to learn more.

Career Opportunities

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Just the Facts

IT - Software Development Specialist
15 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Semester

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Program Location //
August and January

Start Months //
August and January

Start Dates //
August and January


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1






 Estimated Total: $2,575

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the IT - Software Development Specialist program.

Web 1 - HTML & CSS
Students work with a text editor and a browser to develop web pages from scratch using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control color, layout, text, and images. Responsive design principles and accessibility standards are incorporated to ensure web sites are usable and professional-looking.

Programming Fundamentals
This course provides an in-depth look into fundamental computer programming concepts including: variables, input-processing-output, if- then-else logic, for loops, while loops, array processing, and functions. With an emphasis on hands-on activities, students use pseudocode and flowcharting tools to build problem-solving skills.

Database 1
This course introduces students to the concepts of relational database management and beginning SQL. Students practice creating, populating, manipulating, and querying multi-table relational databases using the SQLite database.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

IT - Software Development Specialist Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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Continuing Their Education

79% of recent IT - Software Development Specialist graduates have continued their education beyond this degree.


Yearly Salary

IT - Software Development Specialist professionals make an average starting salary of $38,980.


Regional Jobs

There are 61 job openings in the CVTC district for the IT - Software Development Specialist industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from Lightcast which is an economic modeling software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

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Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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