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Undergraduate Certificate inNetworking

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Add strategic skills to your IT knowledge with CSU-Global’s certificate in networking.

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Our Undergraduate Certificate in Networking* can add value to the IT knowledge and experience you already have. The courses in this certificate program can also help you prepare to sit for six different IT certifications.

If you’re ready to take your IT career to the next level, earn this nationally and professionally recognized certificate to prove your commitment to the field and your expertise in networking.

* This certificate is pending final approval from the Department of Education, and is not yet eligible for Title IV funding from the Department of Education.

IT Certifications

CSU-Global is committed to ensuring that our students remain knowledgeable and competitive in the information technologies professions. In doing so, we’ve aligned our networking certificate curriculum with the IT certification exams listed below. Eligible students can take the exam after completing the corresponding course.

  • CompTIA A+: Showcases your foundational IT skills across devices and operating systems. (ITS310 Introduction to Computer-Based Systems)
  • CompTIA Network+: Covers design, configure, manage and troubleshoot wired and wireless devices. (ITS315 Introduction to Networks)
  • CompTIA Security+: Confirms your knowledge of best practices in securing a wired and wireless network and managing risk. (ITS350 Information Systems and Security)
  • TestOut Network Pro: Demonstrates your ability to install networking hardware, configure a SOHO network, and connect mobile and desktop devices to a network. (ITS315 Introduction to Networks)
  • Microsoft Configuring Server 2012 Network Infrastructure: Proves your ability to configure, monitor, and manage a network infrastructure. (ITS405 Intermediate Networking)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Enterprise Administrator Certification exam: Validates that you have the skills and knowledge necessary to implement the Windows Server 2012 core infrastructure services. (ITS430 Network Enterprise Solutions)

CSU-Global students are also eligible to purchase discounted test vouchers for select exams. Contact your academic advisor to take advantage of these discount opportunities.

We firmly believe in the value of earning professional certifications as a way to show off your skills and knowledge in your specific IT area of interest. Your Undergraduate Certificate in Networking can also help prove your abilities to current or future employers while you continuing gaining certifications.

Career Outlook

Most jobs in IT are growing at a rapid pace, but roles in networking are projected to grow even faster. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, networking roles are forecasted to grow at a rate of 9-13 percent through 2024.

With a faster than average growth rate, there should be more job openings for people with the right credentials. While the job projections look good, there’s also going to be a lot of competition. People in networking can earn an average annual salary of $100,240 or $48.19 hourly, which makes it a very appealing field within the IT industry.

Potential job titles include, but aren’t limited to the following:

  • Network analyst.
  • System programmer.
  • Telecommunications analyst.
  • Systems engineer.

Earn the job you want in the field you want with an Undergraduate Certificate in Networking from CSU-Global.

Program

Program Description

The Undergraduate Certificate in Networking is an 18 credit hour, stand-alone, nationally recognized certificate. This certificate provides students with an opportunity to gain industry ready preparedness and transferable college credit to continue their education and eventually earn a Bachelor’s in Information Technology if they so choose.

Our certificate program also aligns with six industry IT certifications that students can take after completing each course.

  1. CompTIA A+
  2. CompTIA Network +
  3. CompTIA Security+
  4. Testout Network Pro
  5. Microsoft Configuring Server 2012 Network Infrastructure
  6. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Enterprise Administrator

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and troubleshoot common computer networking issues.
  • Compare and contrast various network technologies and topologies.
  • Design secure wired and wireless networks.
  • Implement security measures and techniques for local and wide area networks.
  • Evaluate existing network installations and configurations for areas of improvement.

Courses

The Undergraduate Certificate in Networking consists of six three-credit courses:

  • ITS310: Introduction to Computer-Based Systems

    This course is an in-depth study of personal computer hardware, peripherals, and interfaces. It prepares students for the Essentials portion of the CompTIA A+ certification exam. Students are prepared to diagnose, troubleshoot, and maintain personal computer systems. It also provides a detailed overview of common peripheral devices and discusses how to connect them to personal computers. A simulated lab environment is incorporated into the course.

  • ITS315: Introduction to Networks

    This course provides an overview of computer networks including operating systems, networks, the internet and information system design, and the roles and responsibilities of technology professionals. Students are prepared for CompTIA Network+ and Testout Network Pro certification exams. Students also learn about wireless network and network security, and develop the ability to diagnose and troubleshoot common networking problem and issues.

  • ITS350: Information Systems and Security

    Education in the need for security, planning, cryptology, and security technologies. Prepares students for CompTIA Security+ certification exam.

  • ITS405: Intermediate Networking

    This course focuses on the design and implementation of a network infrastructure using IP-based protocols. It prepares students for the Microsoft Configuring Server 2012 Network Infrastructure certification exam. Focus will be on the management of various Microsoft network services such as DNS, DHCP, Active Directory, and other critical Windows server infrastructure elements.

  • ITS420: Advanced Network Systems

    Understand the basics of networking routing. Examine and practice the concepts and skill necessary to function as a system administrator in a Linux environment. It prepares student for Linux+ certification exam. Recommended Prior Course: ITS405

  • ITS430: Network Enterprise Solutions

    Addresses practical methods for analyzing business problems and designing large-scale software solutions using object-oriented solutions. This course prepares students for the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Enterprise Administrator certification exam.

Cost and Schedule

Cost

We understand the sacrifice needed to invest in your education. Our promise to you is an affordable, high quality education with low tuition rates, no out-of-state premiums or student fees. Best of all, the CSU-Global Tuition Guarantee ensures that your tuition rates will not increase from enrollment thru graduation. Invest in your education, career, and future without breaking the bank.

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Schedule

With 100% online classes that start monthly, you complete your coursework when it’s most convenient for you. No set class times or locations lets you continue to work full-time, take care of your family, travel the world, or whatever else you want while you invest in your education.

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