Information Technology
Certificate Program

Information Technology

Career track IT specialization
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Suresh Pillai, Information Technology Alumnus

"I wanted to know what’s current in IT and to learn it from instructors who are working right now in Silicon Valley."
Suresh Pillai, Information Technology Alumnus

Program Description

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The only Information Technology-specific credential of its kind in Silicon Valley. Choose the IT specialty that fits your career from five tracks of study:

  • Network Fundamentals

  • Linux System Administration

  • DevOps

  • Data Center Technologies

  • IT Security Technologies

You can start at the beginning or brush up on the latest security protocols, automation processes, and cloud computing approaches. Study the specialized set of skills that prepare you to use technology to tackle business needs head on.

Information Technology Systems certificate program objectives:

  • Describe the fundamentals of networking protocols, including hardware, cabling, industry standards and connectivity solutions

  • Design, code, and deploy a cloud-focused tool or application

  • Differentiate between software-defined data centers (SDDC) and software-as-a-service (SAAS)

  • Use an Oracle database to design an entity-relationship diagram (ERD) and implement a working database

  • Understand current security challenges, security models and technologies available to solve these problems

Total Required: 5–8 courses/14 units. Take 2 core courses - 1 each from different tracks (5.5–6 units) and 5–7 elective credit courses (12.5–15). End with certificate of completion review.

Time Commitment: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.

Estimated Cost: $5,700

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Courses

Total Required: 5–8 courses/14 units. Take 2 core courses - 1 each from different tracks (5.5–6 units) and 5–7 elective credit courses (12.5–15). End with certificate of completion review.

Core Courses

Units: 3.0 ITEC.X400
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Electives

Units: 3.0 ITEC.X413
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Units: 2.0 CMPR.X400
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Units: 0.5 IPDV.X400
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Units: 3.0 ITEC.X401
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Units: 2.0 CMPR.X412
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Units: 3.0 LINX.X408
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Units: 2.5 LINX.X400
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Units: 3.0 CMPR.X416
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Units: 3.0 ITEC.X405
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Units: 2.0 ITEC.X407
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Required Certificate Review

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Requisite Knowledge

Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education. Students enrolled in this program are expected to be familiar with web and internet infrastructure. You should have basic knowledge of computer networking and communications and be familiar with at least one modern computer operating system.

Program Chair

JUAN C. GOMEZ

JUAN C. GOMEZ, Ph.D., is a principal engineer at F5 Networks, a networking security company. He has been teaching in Silicon Valley for 15 years. He worked on the development of several popular products at IBM and Juniper and holds seven U.S. patents in the field of distributed computing and storage systems. He has extensive experience in computer networking, computer security, design, distributed systems, self-healing/self-monitoring systems, software life cycle, and storage systems. He also teaches System Virtualization Fundamentals, enjoys hiking and loves Pomeranian dogs.

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You are invited to declare candidacy in your certificate program as soon as possible so you can lock in the curriculum requirements and not be impacted by any subsequent program changes. Once you’ve declared, you have three years to complete the program.

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