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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.

Students who successfully complete the courses will earn an IT - Software Development Specialist Technical Diploma. This coursework automatically applies into the IT - Software Developer Associate Degree, if you choose to continue your education.

Career Opportunities

IT - Help Desk Specialist

Client Support Specialist

Just the Facts

IT - Software Development Specialist
15 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Semester

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Start Dates //
August and January

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1






Estimated Total:  $1,415


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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. Learn more about Career Pathways.



Transfer Credits to Other Institutions

Did you know you can transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education? CVTC has partnership agreements with other institutions which provide an easy way to identify which credits will transfer. Other classes may transfer, but please verify with the transfer coordinator at the college or university to which you plan to transfer.

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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.

Degrees & Diplomas

IT - Network Specialist, Associate Degree

IT - Software Developer, Associate Degree

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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