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Web Development

The nexus of web and app development

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Specialization Description

Develop web systems and applications for business

Web development and application programming courses are combined in a rich curriculum to help you learn to develop web systems and applications for business and, for the experienced front-end developer, to stay current with the most current computer languages and technologies.

In this focused specialization, we train you to work on e-commerce, enterprise applications, interactive websites, and cloud applications. You will study the most popular web programming languages, server development, RIA or dynamic web technologies, and cloud services, and program on all major platforms and frameworks.

Web Development specialization objectives

  • Design and develop robust, reliable, web systems, and applications to support business needs
  • Program with JavaScript, PHP, and Python dynamic web application languages
  • Apply best practices to front-end web development
  • Develop a test plan to code and test cases for web applications

Core Courses

Estimated Cost (You pay only for courses you enroll in): $2,860–$3,345
Required Credits: 4 courses (9 units). Take 2 core courses (4 units) and sufficient electives to earn a minimum of 5 units. End with Specialization completion review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 6–9 months.


1. Core Course(s): Complete Two

Units: 2.0

01-31-2022 to 03-21-2022
Santa Clara / Remote
See complete class schedule here.
Units: 2.0
CEU: 3.0 CEUs

2. Electives:

Units: 2.0

11-03-2021 to 12-15-2021

03-11-2022 to 04-15-2022
CEU: 3.0 CEUs

01-25-2022 to 03-29-2022
+ +
Units: 3.0

11-06-2021 to 12-19-2021
CEU: 3.0 CEUs

01-14-2022 to 03-18-2022
Santa Clara / Remote
See complete class schedule here.
CEU: 2.0 CEUs

02-03-2022 to 03-17-2022
Units: 3.0
CEU: 3.0 CEUs

3. Completion Review:

Specialization Inquiry Form

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Program Chair


TERESA HARDY, B.S., M.A., is the founder of New Media-Designs, an online marketing agency specializing in solutions for technology companies. She has over 25 years of experience in engineering and marketing in high tech companies and has worked as a web developer and multimedia artist since 2005. Hardy has taught web design, branding, usability, gaming, and web development at several universities in the San Francisco Bay area. She has served as chair of the Web Development specialization since 2020.

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Establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization

Once you create your student account, you can establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization program any time during your studies.

The benefits of enrolling early
  • Lock in your certificate requirements.This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you
  • Receive program updates
  • Set your intention
  • It’s free

To complete a program, you must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

You have five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program or three years to finish up a specialization program.

All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within this window.* The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.


Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program. The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.

For more information: How do I get my certificate or specialization?

* Students participating in a special program, such as workforce, international, Personal Financial Planning, or curriculum partner programs (Udacity, Microfacturing Institutes) may have a shorter completion requirement.

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