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"The challenge for both new and experienced web developers is keeping up with the trends in scripting languages, frameworks, and workflows. We have created and will continue updating the web development specialization with the right courses to stay current in this constantly evolving market."
— Teresa Hardy, MA, Program Chair and Instructor
Develop web systems and applications for business
Web development and application programming courses are combined in a rich curriculum to help you learn to develop web systems and applications for business and, for the experienced frontend developer, to stay current with the most current computer languages and technologies.
In this focused specialization, we train you to work on e-commerce, enterprise applications, interactive websites, and cloud applications. You will study the most popular web programming languages, SPA or dynamic web technologies, and cloud services, and program on all major platforms and frameworks.
Web Development specialization objectives
- Design and develop robust, reliable, web systems, and applications to support business needs
- Apply best practices to frontend web development
- Develop a test plan to code and test cases for web applications
- Designing, Building, and Integrating RESTful API
Use data in projects, learn methods of data exchange, and how data interacts with business applications.
For students with more programming experience
Estimated Cost: $2,860–$3,345 (You pay only for courses you enroll in.)
Program Requirements: 4 courses (9 units). Take 2 core courses (4 units) and sufficient electives to earn a minimum of 5 units. End with Specialization completion review.
Minimum Hours of Instruction:
Estimated Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 6–9 months.
1. Required Courses:
3. Completion Review:
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Call (408) 861-3860
Recommended Course Sequence
How to be a frontend developer today
The frontend foundation: HTML and CSS
New to this subject? See HTML5 Fundamentals and Designing with Designing with Cascading Style Sheets: Fundamentals.
Learn web deployment techniques
Learn how to test web applications with Web Applications Testing, Comprehensive. And learn deployment techniques with Programming for Cloud Computing: Amazon Web Services.
Other valuable web developer skills
Website creation is a combination of code, visual design, and content. UCSC Silicon Valley offers other programs that complement frontend developer skills. See Designing a UX or Visual Design Portfolio and other courses in User Experience and Web Design.
TERESA HARDY, B.S., M.A., is the founder of New Media-Designs, an online marketing agency specializing in solutions for technology companies. She has over 25 years of experience in engineering and marketing in high tech companies and has worked as a web developer and multimedia artist since 2005. Hardy has taught web design, branding, usability, gaming, and web development at several universities in the San Francisco Bay area. She has served as chair of the Web Development specialization since 2020.
Establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization
Once you create your student account, you can establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization program any time during your studies.
The benefits of enrolling early
- Lock in your certificate requirements.This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you
- Receive program updates
- Set your intention
- It’s free
To complete a program, you must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.
You have five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program or three years to finish up a specialization program.
All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within this window.* The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.
Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program. The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.
For more information: How do I get my certificate or specialization?
* Students participating in a special program, such as workforce, international, Personal Financial Planning, or curriculum partner programs (such as GreenFig or CLS by Barbri) may have a shorter completion requirement.