Certificate in Embedded & Real-Time Systems Programming

Design and Develop Embedded Products


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $4,725

Next start date:

October 7, 2024

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About this Program

Embedded and real-time systems play an integral role in 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, we’ll cover how to design, develop, test, debug and document low-level software for embedded devices using C, programming, C++ programming and ARM assembly. You’ll gain an understanding of hardware schematics and how to build the skills to analyze and improve the performance of a product.

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Designed For

Developers and technical professionals with experience programming in the C or C++ languages who want to acquire the skills needed to develop embedded and real-time software for microcontrollers and microprocessors.

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Video Overview

Certificate in Embedded and Real-Time Systems Programming instructor Glenn Andrews explains how the certificate allows students to gain the skills they need to be successful in their careers.

Duration: 2:23

What YOu'll learn

  • Concepts in computer architecture and hardware from a software perspective
  • Embedded debugging techniques, including in-circuit debugging
  • Key operating system principles, such as how to port and use a real-time operating system
  • How to build a firmware image, write device drivers, design and develop a software/hardware interface API, develop event-driven systems and deal with a multithreaded environment

Get Hands-On Experience

You’ll develop embedded and real-time systems software using a development kit.


You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the Scholarships page.

Career Stats


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Top Employers

Amazon, Boeing, Garmin, Apple, AT&T, Rivian


Projected job growth for software developers in the U.S. (2022–2032)


Average salary for software developers in the U.S. (2023)


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Program Overview

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.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll meet with your instructor and classmates at scheduled times over Zoom. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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