Certificate in Software Development & Design Essentials

Create Efficient, Scalable Software Components


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $3,954

Next start date:

January 2025

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About this Program

Learning software development and design is one of the best ways to grow your career as a developer. Having a solid understanding of algorithms, data structures, design patterns and system design will prepare you to create efficient, maintainable and scalable software components as well as integrate them flawlessly on any system.

In this three-course certificate program, we’ll cover some of the necessary skills and knowledge required for your long-term success. You’ll learn the fundamental concepts of software development and design, methods for problem solving as well as how to apply the concepts to your job. You’ll also learn about concepts such as service-oriented architecture (SOA) and micro-services.

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Professionals who have experience coding in a common object-oriented programming language and are looking to move into computer science or software development or enhance their existing skill set.

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Video Overview

Instructor Sanjeev Qazi explains how the program enables students to learn how to use structures and algorithms to create scalable software components and grow their careers as developers.

Duration: 02:54


  • Ways to build data structures and compare their performance and uses
  • Methods for creating and implementing algorithms from scratch
  • How to apply design principles and patterns to build software applications
  • The basics of building extensible, secure, scalable and high-performing applications that can be used to build real-world software solutions
  • How to answer common software developer job interview questions


  • Create algorithms and data structures from scratch and learn how to pick the right ones for programming solutions to real-life problems
  • Design a software system of a single component
  • Build a larger software system that includes multiple components


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


Projected job growth for software developers in Washington state (2020-2030)


Average salary for software developers in Washington state

Source: O*NET OnLine

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You can earn a digital achievement badge for successfully completing this certificate program, as well as a separate badge for each course. These badges can be shared on LinkedIn and other social media sites. Learn more about digital badges.


Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more about this offering. Or if you need help finding the right certificate, specialization or course for you, reach out to explore your options.

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 »

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Online With Real-Time Meetings

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