Software Development Program
Kick-start your coding career! Learn a variety of programming languages and methodologies. Do hands-on projects right from day one. Graduate in just 12 months, internship included.
What Does a Software Developer Do?
Software developers create computer applications to meet a specific need. They think about the purpose of a piece of software, then develop a solution that satisfies functional and business requirements.
Software developers are generally responsible for:
- Collecting and documenting functional requirements
- Developing specifications
- Writing, testing, and debugging code
- Documenting applications for easier maintenance
Herzing College Toronto Software Development Program
This program gets you coding on the very first day. It emphasizes hands-on learning and includes a work placement so that you can gain the skills and experience you need to get hired.
- 12-month diploma program
- 20 class hours per week
- 6-week internship
- Study online
- Multiple program start dates
- Financial assistance may be available for students who qualify
- Get help finding your first software development job after graduation
What Skills Will You Learn?
In Herzing Toronto’s software development program, you will learn how to:
- Design, develop, implement, maintain, and test applications using industry-standard software development methodologies based on existing open source and proprietary frameworks
- Design and create object-oriented applications
- Design, create, implement, optimize, and maintain database solutions
- Analyze and maintain software applications through validation testing
- Troubleshoot, diagnose, and document application technical problems using appropriate methodologies and tools
Successful graduates of our Software Development program can pursue opportunities with:
- Corporate IT departments
- Government departments
- Educational institutions
- Healthcare organizations
- Financial services companies
- IT services firms
Typical job titles include:
- Software Developer
- Computer Programmer
- Application Programmer
- Front-End Web Developer
- Back-End Developer
- .NET Developer
- Full-Stack Developer
- Quality Assurance Analyst
Herzing’s software development courses provide comprehensive training in several languages and frameworks, including HTML, PHP, Python, .NET, Java, and C/C#.
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This course covers the fundamentals of HTML, CSS, and HTTP protocols. Students learn about client-server interaction and how to work with images, text, and style sheets to create and publish web pages.
This course introduces concepts like variables, if statements, strings, functions, and arrays. The basics of data storage and graphical user interface (GUI) components are also covered.
Students implement these concepts using Python, which is a general purpose, high-level programming language whose design philosophy emphasizes code readability. Python claims to combine “remarkable power with very clear syntax” and its standard library is large and comprehensive.
This course teaches students how to set up and run a website in a server environment, from email to basic database design. Students learn how to work with Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP (LAMP).
This course teaches Java, a general purpose, concurrent, class-based, object-oriented language that is specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It is intended to let application developers “write once, run anywhere” (WORA), meaning that code that runs on one platform does not need to be recompiled to run on another. Java is currently one of the most popular programming languages in use, particularly for client-server web applications.
This course covers a programming language called C#. It’s an object-oriented computer programming language that requires more up-front design elements to anticipate more possibilities of use.
This course goes more in-depth on C#.NET, which is a multi-paradigm programming language encompassing strong typing, imperative, declarative, functional, generic, object-oriented (class-based), and component-oriented programming disciplines. It was developed by Microsoft within its .NET initiative.
This course provides an introduction to the programming language called Visual Basic.NET. VB.NET is an object-oriented computer programming language that can be viewed as an evolution of the classic Visual Basic (VB) that is implemented on the .NET framework. VB.NET is a great introduction to the .NET libraries and is still necessary to know for legacy programs.
This course teaches students about ASP.NET CORE. It’s a web application framework developed and marketed by Microsoft to allow programmers to build dynamic websites, web applications, and web services.
This course covers creating and maintaining legacy databases using Microsoft’s SQL. MSSQL is a relational database server, developed by Microsoft. It’s a software product whose primary function is to store and retrieve data as requested by other software applications, either on the same computer or on another computer across a network (including the internet). Near the end of the course, migration to Azure databases is also covered.
This seminar provides an opportunity for the student to apply the techniques and processes for
developing a career path and to learn lifetime career management tools and skills. Topics include
career-planning, job searching, developing career search documents, refining interview skills, and
preparing for a new position.
The internship component of the program is the practical application of a student’s knowledge and skills in an industry environment. The industry shall be directly related to the student’s program of study. The internship requires full-time day attendance working in the industry setting.
What you need to get started.
- Minimum of a Canadian high school grade 12 or equivalent (Ontario high school diploma or equivalent) or a mature student (19 years of age or older and has been removed from full-time high school for minimum 2 years)
*Students applying as mature students must demonstrate appropriate levels of math, English literacy, comprehension and/or written skills to warrant success and completion of program
- Pass an entrance test administered by Herzing College
- Be interviewed in detail regarding interest in the field
- Note: admission to some programs may include additional requirements
12 Months (20 hours/week)
Includes 6 week internship
TRY OUR CAREER EXPLORATION KIT
Our online kit takes 3-minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Don’t you need a degree to become a software developer?
In many cases, no. While some companies will only hire developers with university degrees, many will accept candidates without one. In fact, according to a Stack Overflow survey of professional developers, more than 25 per cent do not have a degree.
A college diploma is often enough to get your foot in the door. With our program, you can be job-ready in just one year.
What are the benefits to getting formal software development training as opposed to being self-taught?
Many people appreciate the structure that a formal program provides. You get to learn from experienced and knowledgeable developers who can break the concepts down in a way that is understandable. Plus, when learning on your own, you could become complacent and only use the languages and tools you find easy or you are already familiar with; in school, you’ll be pushed to learn a wider variety of technologies and methodologies.
Another major benefit is the internship. In software development, practical experience is key to success. By completing a program like Herzing’s that includes a work placement, you can get that real-world experience and make yourself more appealing to employers.
2022 Overall Graduate Employment Rate
88% of available Herzing College Toronto graduates were employed in a related field.*
*statistics based on most recent available
Your Next Steps
Ready to learn more about the Software Development program? It’s easy to get started. Choose from the following options:
- Fill out the form to ask questions via email
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Why Choose this Program?
- Get fully prepared to work as a software developer in only one year
- Be guided by industry experts with extensive IT experience
- Apply your skills in the real world via an included 6-week internship
- Enjoy access to the Herzing Open Education Program (HOEP), which lets qualified grads take extra technology courses tuition-free
- Take advantage of our career development team’s help to polish your resume, find appropriate software development jobs, and practise your interviewing skills