Java Programming Specialist

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The Java Programming Specialist
Professional web developers work to build and maintain high-end websites for a multitude of clients. Specialists who work in this field aren’t just webmasters, but rather have the technical capability to write custom scripts that will accommodate clients’ needs. Web developers require professional training and experience working in different programming codes, and scripting languages. In most cases, a web developer builds a website from scratch, often designing everything from the home page to the overall site layout and function.  This combination of skills is universal for all developers working on a number of platforms and allows them to translate their abilities in a variety of ways whether leading a team of developers to create innovative and effective web solutions for large enterprises or working directly with small businesses to increase their presence online and gain more business from their web presence overall.  Java Certification for web developers is particularly important in this field as over 30,000 Java Developers per year become certified on Java in order to improve their job prospects, earn more money and become more valuable employees.    

The Java Programming Specialist Program
Recognizing the need for skilled developers, the Web Development Specialist program provides a platform to produce skilled developers with the ability to take into account the client’s needs and vision along with the target market to create a website and accompanying mobile applications. Alongside these technical requirements, web developers must also be abreast of prevailing social media trends, search engine optimization strategies and other techniques to stand up an effective website. After completing the courses pulled together in the Web Development Specialist program, students will have the skills necessary to be successful in a development position right from the start.

Students who complete this program will also be prepared to sit for the Oracle Java Associate Certification exam which broadens individual knowledge and deepens skills through exposure to a wide array of important features, functions and tasks in the area of Java Programming.  Students preparing for these certification exams will work through hands-on exercises and labs using real Java code, which expands students’ capabilities as a Java developer. Additionally, the certification exams validate students’ capabilities using real-world, scenario-based questions that assess and challenge students’ ability to perform as experienced web developers. 



Program Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Solve simple problems using the fundamental syntax and semantics of the Java programming language
  • Examine elementary techniques in Java programming Write Java programs that use selection
  • Write Java programs that use loops: while, do while, for Write Java programs that make use of methods for transfer of control
  • Write Java programs that use arrays
  • Examine object-oriented programming using objects and classes
  • Illustrate object-oriented programming including immutable classes and immutable objects
  • Write Java programs that use inheritance and polymorphism
  • Extend error handling techniques by adding exception handlers to Java programs
  • Design generic classes and interfaces to improve code reusability
  • Use the Java Collections Framework in a Java program
  • Distinguish between the Java platforms and describe the basic characteristics of Java integration technologies
  • Describe the basic characteristics, use, benefits, and drawbacks of Java’s server-side technologies and application tiers
  • Describe the context of Java’s initial release and its evolution
  • Describe Java’s impact on computing
  • Identify the contributions by key individuals and groups toward Java’s development
  • Explain Java’s role in the Open Source software movement
  • Describe Java’s role in cutting edge technologies
  • Describe the context for the history of the Open Source movement
  • Summarize the three waves of the Open Source movement and the key individuals and organizations who contributed to each wave
  • Explain the business benefits and challenges of Open Source software
  • Summarize the accomplishments and mission of several well-known Open Source Communities
  • Identify common characteristics shared by Open Source communities and guidelines for successful participation in them
  • Use Microsoft Office

Note:  In order to qualify for an externship, students must successfully complete the program, including all quizzes and final exams, and be available for a background check and/or a potential drug screen.  This program can be completed in 6 months.  However, students will have online access to this program for a 12-month period. 

Education and Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program. 
  • National Certification Available:
    • Oracle Certified Associate JAVA SE 5 / SE 6 Exam
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam


 Optional Volunteer Externship Opportunity

Students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an optional volunteer externship opportunity with a local company/agency/organization whose work aligns with this area of study in order to gain valuable hands-on experience.  As students progress through their eLearning program, an Externship Coordinator will reach out to coordinate placement.

Note: Additional documentation including health records, immunizations, drug-screening, criminal background checks, etc. may be required by the externship facility.