Orlando Computer Programming Schools
Computer programming degrees are generally 2-year associate's programs found at community colleges. In the Orlando area, only two of the six colleges offering computer science-related options specifically offer computer programming degrees. One of these schools is near downtown, and the other is 25 minutes away.
This article looks at both schools and the computer programming programs they offer. It also includes a table of information about the schools, including type, enrollment, tuition and graduation rates. At the end of the article is some information about two other Orlando schools that offer degree programs that include programming courses.
- Valencia College is the larger of the two school options and is in Orlando, at the heart of downtown. It offers two certificate programs in programming as well as an associate's degree program.
- Seminole State College of Florida is about 17 miles north of Orlando in Sanford and, like Valencia, is a 4-year college. It also offers certificates and an associate's degree in programming.
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Comparison of Schools
The following table presents information prospective students should know as they make a decision about which school to attend.
|Valencia College||Seminole State College of Florida|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||43,217*||18,399*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Small city|
|Tuition & Fees (2015)||$2,474 in-state; $9,383 out-of-state*||$3,131 in-state; $11,456 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2013-2014)||82%*||84%*|
|Graduation Rate (2014)||44%*||38%*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Valencia College offers multiple certificate and associate programs that are designed to prepare graduates for a variety of careers. Valencia has open enrollment and offers state-of-the-art computer labs and internships with local companies.
Computer Programming Specialist Technical Certificate
This 18-credit certificate program is designed to provide a foundation in software development and offers specializations in computer programming and web development. Foundation courses comprise 12 of the credits and cover introductory programming concepts, computer maintenance essentials and computer programming elective courses. The computer programming specialization requires a class in either C, C# or Java programming or in Visual Basic, along with a second programming elective. The web specialization option requires classes in website development and scripting languages.
Technical Certificate in Computer Programming
The technical certificate program offers specializations in web development or computer or game programming. Foundation courses include introduction to programming concepts, database management systems and website development. Specialization courses might include Java programming, game programming, web development tools or C# programming. Students must complete 33 credit hours to earn the certificate.
Associate of Science in Computer Programming and Analysis
The associate's degree program requires completion of 63 credits and is designed to enable a student to immediately enter the workforce. Credits earned in this program may also be applied toward earning a bachelor's degree. Students take both general education courses, such as composition, algebra and communication, and foundation courses such as intro to business, computer fundamentals and application and project management. Intermediate and advanced courses will include C, C++, C# and Java programming, and an IT capstone course and an internship in computer programming or social networking are completed during the final semester of study.
Seminole State College of Florida
Seminole State College of Florida offers both associate's and bachelor's degrees at its campus north of Orlando. There are four campuses within the area, and many of the courses available at Seminole will transfer to state or private universities.
Computer Programming Specialist Certificate
This 18-credit certificate program is designed to prepare students to design, develop and write computer programs, analyze problems, handle document storage and retrieval, and to test, debug and maintain computer programs. Coursework covers database management and computer programming in Visual Basic, C++ , C# or Java.
Computer Programming Technical Certificate
The computer programming certificate is a one-year, 33-credit program which includes the courses and options from the Computer Programming Specialist Certificate. Additionally, students will take classes in network concepts, Oracle Structured Query Language and systems analysis and design. Web applications, scripting and programming are also offered in this certificate program.
Associate of Science in Computer Programming and Analysis
Along with general education courses in areas such as English, math and social science, students pursuing the associate's degree will be exposed to a broad range of computer programming coursework options. Over the course of the 2-year program, students will take required classes in office applications, business programming and the principles of computer programming. Three advanced computer programming courses and two support courses must be chosen from electives such as Visual Basic, C# programming, technical writing and database management. Students may also take game programming, web development and/or networking electives to fulfill technical elective requirements. Sixty-three credits are required to earn the degree.
Other School Options
Computer programmers often have bachelor's degrees in computer science. In the Orlando area, the University of Central Florida offers a bachelor's degree in computer science, as does Rollins College in Winter Park.