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Next start date
October 3, 2017
Python is a great language for beginning programmers, but it also has the power and flexibility to run major websites like Pinterest and Dropbox. This versatility allows developers to use Python to create smaller scripts and applications for the web as well as to do back-end development on a larger scale.
In this three-course certificate program, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the major Python libraries and practice standard programming styles and idioms. We’ll explore different aspects of network-based programming with Python, including web applications, and dig into larger systems development issues and advanced topics.
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Beginning and intermediate programmers and web developers, along with testers and UX/UI professionals who want to add web development skills. Those with less experience should consider taking our course in Foundations of Programming (Python) first.
Applicants must have one of the following:
We also recommend that you have:
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.
Classroom students: Laptop with administrator privileges to bring to class.
Online students: Access to a computer with administrator privileges, a headset with microphone and a high-speed internet connection.
Specific software needs will be determined.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
Graduates of the certificate programs in Java, Python and Ruby programming discuss the skills they gained from the programs and how the experience benefited their careers.
You may be eligible to apply for a UWPCE Certificate Scholarship to cover the cost of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. See the scholarship page for eligibility information and application instructions.
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.
Programming in Python
Internet Programming in Python
System Development With Python
Certificate in Python Programming
Approved by the UW Department of Computer Science & Engineering and the UW Bothell Computing & Software Systems program.
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.
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Fulvio Casali, Principal, Soliton Consulting
Brian Dorsey, Developer Programs Engineer, Google
David Fugate, Senior Software Engineer, Sandia National Laboratories
Jonathan Jacky, Research Scientist, Radiation Oncology, University of Washington
Joshua Kugler, Owner, Azariah Enterprises
Shabda Raaj, Director, Agiliq Info Solution India Pvt Ltd
Don Sheu, Owner, Informion
Jeff Silverman, Linux System Administrator, Google
Mark Swenson, Enterprise Search, Boeing
Steven Tanimoto, Professor Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
Alan Vezina, Founder, jydo
Dino Viehland, Senior Software Design Engineer, Microsoft
Download the application form (PDF)
This program is full, but you may join the waitlist by submitting an application. If you’re not offered a spot in the program, you’ll have the chance defer your enrollment to the next offering.
Complete the Programming Assessment
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due four weeks before the first class.
You may qualify for a need-based scholarship for this program. To learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the UWPCE Certificate Scholarship page.
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.
If online sessions are offered, you may view up to 40 percent of your class sessions online, either as recorded sessions or in real time (limit of two live-streamed sessions per quarter). You must attend at least 60 percent of your class sessions in person.
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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