Design and Develop Embedded Products
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Embedded and real-time systems are an important part of many technology products. These systems have applications across a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive and health care.
In this three-course certificate program, you’ll acquire the skills needed to develop embedded and real-time software for microcontrollers and microprocessors. We’ll cover how to design, develop, test, debug and document low-level software for embedded devices using C programming and ARM assembly. You’ll gain an understanding of hardware schematics and build the skills to analyze and improve the performance of a product.
Developers and technical professionals with experience programming in the C or C++ languages.
Proficiency in C or C++ is required. It’s highly recommended that applicants have professional experience using C or C++. At a minimum, applicants should have proficiency equivalent to that attained through successfully completing the Certificate in C (no longer offered) or the Certificate in C++.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
International students are welcome to apply to an online offering of this program, which doesn’t require a visa. To enroll in a classroom offering, you must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
To run the required hardware kit, students should have access to a laptop running Windows (XP or later; Windows 8 not recommended) with two available USB ports, Wi-Fi and administrator privileges. Online students are strongly encouraged to have a microphone headset available if choosing to participate via audio rather than text-based chat.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
You’ll develop embedded and real-time systems software using a development kit.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Fundamentals of Embedded & Real-Time Systems
Programming With Embedded & Real-Time Operating Systems
Design & Optimization of Embedded & Real-Time Systems
Certificate in Embedded & Real-Time Systems Programming
Approved by the UW College of Computer Science & Engineering and UW Department of Electrical Engineering.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Riyadth Al-Kazily, Senior Embedded Software Engineer - Program Lead, Synapse Product Development
Nicholas D'Ambrosia, Director of Software Engineering, Stratos Product Development LLC
Matt Austin, Assistant Director, Applied Mathematics, University of Washington
Don Beacom, Assistant Director, UW Educational Outreach
Arnie Berger, Professor, Computing & Software Systems, University of Washington, Bothell
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Neil Fenichel, President, Signal Interface Group
Parag Garg, Vice President and General Manager of Connected Home and Internet of Things, Sears Holding
Rami Gideoni, Principal Engineer, SK Hynix Memory Solutions
Steve Graves, Co-founder and CEO, McObject LLC
Eric Hoierman, Principal Embedded Software Engineer, Physio-Control International, Inc.
Mitch Ishihara, Partner Software Engineer, ARM Inc.
Michelle Lu, Senior Systems Engineer, Physio-Control
Christopher Maloney, Principal Software Engineering Lead, Microsoft
Greg McKeag, Sr. Software Engineer, Ventec Life Systems
James Peckol, Principal Consultant, Oxford Consulting, Ltd
Andrew Sloss, Consultant Engineer, ARM Inc.
Matt Walters, Software Development Manager, Amazon
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Attend class in person and engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub. You must attend at least 60 percent of your class sessions in person. You may view the remainder online, either as recorded sessions or in real time (limit of two live-streamed sessions per quarter).
Courses are streamed online in real time from the classroom. You interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, using Adobe Connect web conferencing software. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub.For added flexibility, each quarter you may view recordings of up to 40 percent of your class sessions instead of attending in real time. You also can attend the classroom sessions in person if space is available.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
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