With 49 different schools in Texas offering training in computer programming, there are ample options available for students. Many degree programs culminate in 2-year associate's degrees. They offer areas of concentration as well as transfer options and internship opportunities.
Some schools feature certificate programs that are designed to help individuals improve their professional skills for career advancement. Students of any of these programs may complete capstone or group projects. Following are ten Texas schools that offer computer programming degree and certificate programs such as:
- Computer Programming
- Computer Systems (Database Development)
- Java Software Development
- Game Programming
- Software Design
- Applications Development
Austin Community College District
Located in Austin, this college offers associate's degree and certificate programs in programming. The 2-year associate's degree program has tracks in general programming, web programming and game/visualization programming. The certificate programs are more suited for individuals who want to receive employable skills in a faster amount of time. Certificate students may study Java or C++ programming.
Central Texas College
Killeen's Central Texas College offers an associate's degree program in programming. Students complete 72 credit hours, including courses in programming languages like Visual Basic, C++ and Java. Other classes cover computer science and general education topics.
Collin County Community College District
Located in McKinney, this college offers multiple certificates and associate's degree programs related to programming. Specializations range from database development to Java programming. Certificate programs have 21-29 credit hours, and all certificate students must complete software development projects. Both associate's degree programs focus on software development, but students will be able to take fundamental programming courses. The associate's degree programs have 63-64 credit hours, and students must also develop software in a capstone project class.
El Paso Community College
This college in El Paso has one training option for computer programmers. The 71-credit associate's degree program requires general education, computer science and programming courses. The program takes 2 years to complete, and students learn how to manage software in projects.
Houston Community College
Located in Houston, this college provides several certificates and associate's degrees that are suited for aspiring computer programmers. Students may study topics in Visual Basic.NET, C# or Java programming. Cooperative educational experiences are available. Associate's degree programs also have general education and business courses.
Northwest Vista College
San Antonio's Northwest Vista College offers several programs in the field. Students may earn 9-credit marketable skills awards in C++ or Java programming. The school also offers an 18-credit Windows programming certificate and a 61-credit game programming associate's degree. Students in the associate's degree program complete group projects and learn about object-oriented design.
Richland College in Dallas offers an associate's degree program in computer science that is designed for transferring opportunities as well as immediate entry into the workforce. While students mainly complete general education and computer science coursework, they also learn about basic programming skills like object-oriented design. Students may also take continuing education classes in programming. There is also a software programmer assistant certificate program offered.
San Antonio College
This college in San Antonio offers several marketable skills awards, a Level I computer programmer certificate and an associate's degree in programming. The 12-credit marketable award programs may have courses in programming logic and web programming. The associate's degree program requires students to complete an internship.
San Jacinto Community College
Located in Pasadena, this community college offers certificates and associate's degrees that provide courses in programming. Students in the Associate of Science in Computer Science program can transfer their credits. The applications programming certificate and associate's degree programs cover all types of programming languages like C++ and Java.
Tarrant County College District
Locate in Fort Worth, this college provides associate's degrees and certificates in the programming. The certificates are specifically designed for individuals who want to keep up with current trends in the field. Students may take specialization courses.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Computer Programming Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Austin Community College District||2-year, public; large city|| Associate of Applied Science in Computer Programming (General, Web Programming or Game/Visualization),
Certificate in Computer Programming (C++ or Java Tracks)
|$2,550 in-district; $10,830 in-state; $13,020 out-of-state*|
|Central Texas College||2-year, public; midsize city||Programmer Analyst Associate of Applied Science||$2,700 in-district; $3,390 in-state; $7,050 out-of-state*|
|Collin County Community College District||2-year, public; midsize suburb|| Certificate in Computer Systems (Database Development),
Certificate in Software Design (C++ or Java),
Associate of Applied Science in Computer Systems (C++ or Java Software Development)
|$1,504 in-district; $2,884 in-state; $4,864 out-of-state*|
|El Paso Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Computer Programming||$3,010 in-state; $4,858 out-of-state*|
|Houston Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Marketable Skills Achievement Award (Several Options),
Certificate in Applications Development (C# or Java),
Associate of Applied Science in Applications Development (Several Options)
|$1,632 in-district; $3,360 in-state; $3,756 out-of-state*|
|Northwest Vista College||2-year, public; large city|| Marketable Skills Achievement Award (C++ or Java Programming),
Certificate in Windows Programming,
Associate of Applied Science in Game Programming
|$2,820 in-district; $6,300 in-state; $13,830 out-of-state*|
|Richland College||2-year, public; large city|| Certificate as Software Programmer Assistant,
Associate in Science in Computer Information Technology - Software Programmer,
Continuing Education Courses
|$1,770 in-district; $3,330 in-state; $5,220 out-of-state*|
|San Antonio College||2-year, public; large city|| Marketable Skills Award (C++, Java, Visual Basic.NET or Web Programming),
Level I Intermediate Computer Programmer Certificate,
Computer Programmer Associate of Applied Science
|$2,820 in-district; $6,300 in-state; $13,830 out-of-state*|
|San Jacinto Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate in Applications,
Associate of Applied Science in Applications Programming,
Associate of Science in Computer Science
|$1,548 in-district; $2,628 in-state; $4,188 out-of-state*|
|Tarrant County College District||2-year, public; large city|| Certificate in Programming I and II,
Associate of Applied Science in Programming
|$1,661 in-district; $3,132 in-state; $7,560 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator