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  • Number of courses: 3 Required Courses, 2 Electives
  • Total Units: 15

Required Courses

Introduction to Front End TechnologiesCSE-41318

Units: 3.00


Introduction to Front End TechnologiesStudents will gain a high-level introduction to logic principles required for successful web programing and development, including an overview of different techno...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Introduction to HTML and CSSCSE-41207

Units: 3.00


Introduction to HTML and CSSThis course introduces students to HTML5, the primary markup language for the World Wide Web and its modern style language, cascading style sheets (CSS). Students learn the...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Introduction to JavaScriptCSE-41208

Units: 3.00


Introduction to JavaScriptJavaScript is the most popular scripting language on the web. Here you will get learn how to do basic programming with JavaScript. We will cover just about everything - from ...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer


6 Units required. Choose 2 courses from one track below (either two courses from Front End Engineer track OR two courses from Front End Designer track)

Front End Engineer

Advanced HTML and CSSCSE-41319

Units: 3.00


Advanced HTML and CSSThis course provides more depth on the study of HTML and CSS required for mastering modern performant web page layout. HTML topics will address proper use of semantic style marku...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Applied JavaScript ICSE-40591

Units: 3.00


Applied JavaScriptThis course continues the study of modern JavaScript applying modern constructs such as native modules and object patterns to help bring the structure required for single page web ap...

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Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

Front End Designer

User Interface DesignART-40535

Units: 3.00


Gain a strong understanding of user interface design so you can begin to learn how to be an interactive designer or enhance your design skills. This graphic and web design training course covers refer...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Principles of User Experience (UX)ART-40638

Units: 4.00


The field of user Experience (UX) Design is ever evolving-- and with this evolution comes new design tools, techniques and strategies. As the first course of the UX Design Certificate, Principles of U...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Other courses of interest

Not required for certificate

Web AnalyticsCSE-41132

Units: 3.00


Web analytics collect and represent internet data from your website. It tracks on-line visitors and their activities: referral sources, keywords, time on site, conversion rate there are tons of metr...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

User Experience (UX) MetricsCSE-41260

Units: 3.00


Become a data-driven rock star with this UX Metrics course The course introduces a comprehensive set of UX metrics. It takes a very practical approach with the emphasis of the analysis being directly ...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Introduction to Full Stack Programming ConceptsCSE-41391

Units: 3.50


Become proficient with the latest full-stack software development tools and technologies This course will give students a macro-level conceptual overview of full-stack software development. It will c...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

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UC San Diego Extended Studies & Google Career Tech Certificates Program is a new program from the San Diego Workforce Partnership built to help you prepare for a career in the tech industry. You’ll earn a UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies certificate and a Google Career Certificate over 15 months. Additionally, the Partnership will support you with personalized career-readiness training and invitations to exclusive workshops, plus access to a network of employer partners to help you land a job upon program completion. With no upfront program costs and a 0% interest outcomes-based loan, you only pay back the loan amount if you are earning the equivalent of at least if you land a job making more than $40,000 a year.

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Are Soft Skills available to students for their professional development under this program?

To advance in today’s competitive job market, in addition to your technical skills, employers are seeking candidates who possess soft skills including self-awareness, communication skills, team building, EQ, Leadership and Management etc. Our Corporate and Community Relations team offers a wide array of workshops, webinars, and executive programs designed to develop strong professional skills applicable across all industries. Participants will be able to implement the skills learned immediately upon completion of their training. 

To get more detail on what they have to offer, we encourage you to visit our Leadership and Management Essentials webpage.

How do I apply to the certificate program?

STEP 1: If you have a My Extension student account, skip to Step 2. If you do not have a My Extension account, go to, click “Create an account” on the right side of the page, and follow the instructions to create an account. Once you have a My Extension account, continue to Step 2. 

STEP 2: Click on the “Apply Now” button on the certificate page. Complete the required fields on the application. Then click the “Save” button. Once you have saved the application, the “Submit” button will appear. Click the “Submit” button 

to submit your application for review and consideration. Once submitted, your application cannot be changed. You can track the progress of your application at My Extension.

Is there an application fee for the certificate program?

Current application or certificate enrollment fees, if any, are listed under the “Apply Now” button on the certificate page on our website.

Can I register for the certificate program at any time?

Yes, you may enroll in the program at any time. However, it is recommended that you enroll as soon as possible. The program curriculum may be updated at any time; if certificate requirements change, you must adhere to the curriculum at the time of your enrollment into the certificate. Enrolling in the certificate also gives you access to quarterly, personalized enrollment reminders from the program manager.

Can this certificate program be completed entirely online?

Yes! This program is designed for you to take it online in the convenience of your own home or office. All assignments, tests, and quizzes can be completed online and submitted through our Learning Management System. Our online course are asynchronous, you can login and complete your work 24/7. Typically, each instructor has weekly lectures (audio recorded and posted on the website along with a powerpoint presentation), readings, projects, assignments and discussion board topics that need to be completed by certain due dates.

How long do I have to complete the certificate?

You officially have five years from when you begin taking courses in the program to complete all requirements for the certificate.

If I already have the skills taught in one of the courses, can I skip that course?

If you have taken a course from an accredited university covering the learning objectives of a program course, you may be able to transfer your previous coursework to Extension. If you have not taken a course elsewhere, but already have the skills covered in a course, you may be able to substitute an alternate Extension course in its place. Please contact the program representative at or 858-534-1566 for more information.

Is this certificate program open to non-California residents?

Yes, the program is open to non-California residents, including non-US residents. The tuition is the same for all students. If you have questions about how enrolling in courses may or may not affect your visa status, please contact our International Department at or (858) 534-6784.

If I work full-time, will I still be able to complete this program?

Yes. Our programs are designed to be working-student friendly and most of our students are working professionals. The courses vary between two and three units, which amount to approximately 18-20 hours of class time for a two unit course and 27-30 hours of class time for a three unit course.

Is the program accredited?

UC San Diego is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies — like all other UC San Diego schools, colleges, and departments — is accredited by WASC through the University. All courses and certificate programs offered by UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies have been developed and are administered in accordance with Extension policy and the regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California.

How do I get my certificate once I have completed the requirements?

When you have paid your certificate fee and successfully completed all program requirements, you will need to request an audit by Student Services. To request an audit: 

• In your My Extension account, click on “My Courses.” 

• On the right side of the page under “My Certificates,” click on the name of the certificate. 

• On the right side of the page under “Tools,” click on “Request Certificate Audit.” 

• Complete and submit the form that appears. 


Once you have formally submitted your audit request, your certificate will be mailed to the address we have on file for you within ten business days.

Do you provide job or internship placement?

No, we do not currently offer job placement assistance, internships, or career services assistance.

Is financial aid available?


UCSD Diego Division of Extended Studies offers continuing education loans through UC Approved Lenders. Each institution offers low competitive interest rates and flexible payment options. You are also encouraged to contact your personal financial institution about possible lending solutions. Direct links to UC Approved Lenders can be found on our website’s Financial Resources page. 

• The Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a comprehensive range of employment and training services in partnership with state and local agencies/organizations. More information is available on their website at 

• Career Centers Located throughout San Diego County offer their communities comprehensive employment and training services benefiting both business and job seekers. More information is available on their website at 

• Please click here for information about Veteran’s Benefits. 

• Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) funds are limited to degree programs only, and cannot be used for courses or certificate fees at UCSD Diego Division of Extended Studies. 

Advisory Board

William Griswold, Ph.D

Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

UC San Diego

Edwin Lap

Founder and CEO

Cofa Media Inc.

Norman McEntire


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Thomas Powell

Founder & President,

UC San Diego Lecturer

Bret Stateham

Developer Evangelist


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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.