Programming Training and Education
How to choose between a Programming Degree, Programming Diploma or Programming Certification?
Are you wanting to become a software developer, web developer, app developer and/or learn how to code in general and are overwhelmed by all the various options available to you? Not to worry! We’ve done a basic analysis of some of the most common Alberta education paths that students pursuing a career in programming tend to choose.
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We’ll start out with the most traditional path of a programming degree. To start off, we should mention, that to our knowledge, such a degree does not exist. The closest degree that is offered to teaching the skills that a programmer would need to know is a Computer Science degree. The degree focuses on extremely in-depth computer science theories, however, there’s not a single course focused on learning how to code. So in order for someone coming out of a computer science degree to be able to enter the workforce immediately out of school, they’d also need to invest a significant amount of time of their own to learning the various coding languages that are utilized by potential employers, as these are not taught in a computer science degree, which is, again, the closest degree available to something resembling a Programming Degree. The average cost of tuition for a Computer Science degree would be $45,000, and the average length would be 4 years but most students do take longer due to the demanding work load.
Most diplomas are 2 years in length are offered at technical colleges. The closest types of programs available at some of Alberta’s technical colleges are SAIT’s Information Technology Diploma and NAIT’s Computer Engineering Technology Diploma. Both of these programs are 2 years in length, but neither focuses specifically on teaching its students programming skills. Both institutions expect graduates to take additional certificate programs that do focus on programming, however the diploma programs are pre-requisites for getting into the programming certificate courses.
InnoTech College is the only college in Calgary and Edmonton that offers a Programming Diploma that allows individuals with no previous technical or programming education or experience to learn all the coding languages that they need and gain all the skills required to enter the workforce as a software developer, web developer, database developer or SharePoint developer. The program’s length is just 8 months, classes are small, students are eligible for government funding, and an internship is included.
There are many different certificate types, ones offered by software organizations like Microsoft, for instance, and others offered by technical colleges like SAIT and NAIT. To access and complete most certificates, students are expected to have previous programming experience, and have previously completed a programming degree (ie. Computer Science Degree) or programming diploma, as well as had some previous programming experience. Typically certificates are not for beginners, and are instead for those working in the industry and looking for professional development.
As part of InnoTech College’s Programming Diploma, we attempt to prepare students to write their Microsoft Certification once they’re a bit more experienced in their new careers. Graduates of InnoTech’s programming diploma are qualified to work as entry level software developers, web developers, database developers and/or SharePoint developers. The opportunities are endless!
Good luck choosing the right programming courses, programming certificates, programming degrees for you and if you’d like to some help deciding, don’t hesitate to give one of our friendly staff a call. We look forward to hearing from you. Contact us here.
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