Web & Mobile Application Design & Development

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12 months from date of enrollment
Fully online
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Do you enjoy working with web applications or mobile apps? Have you ever dreamed of designing or developing one of these apps? If so, this program is the perfect training option for you. With this program, you will gain all of the necessary skills and knowledge to start creating amazing applications for personal and/or professional use. Through this project-based training, you will finish this program with a portfolio that can be immediately used to pursue employment or even continue further development to market your applications for immediate revenue.

Who Should Attend?

  • Students seeking skills to build a career in mobile app design and development
  • Those learning for their personal enjoyment

Key Benefits

  • Understand the basics of application programming
  • Understand the mobile application industry and its career options, history and future
  • Understand the basics of designing applications to meet user needs
  • Write thoroughly documented programs
  • Create and test appropriately robust software applications
  • Understand how to create, monetize and promote an application

Where are these courses offered?

SMU PRO Certificate programs and courses offered through our partnership with WorldEducation.net are completely online. You will never be required to attend a brick-and-mortar classroom and you can complete your entire course from the comfort of your own home or office.
Have you ever wanted to develop the next big web or mobile application? Or wanted to design and develop your own apps for your business? Then this program is for you! Businesses, consumers and programmers have all embraced the new innovative medium of web and mobile applications, making web and mobile application developer one of the most in demand and fastest growing IT careers. The median salary for an Applications Developer is $72,000 per year, with a range between $46,000 and $108,000 per year based on experience and education level.

What’s in this program?

You will learn the skills you need through our real-world project based learning approach. By the time you are done, you will have a series of apps that demonstrate your understanding, a portfolio showing the breadth of your work and a certification that tells the world that you have what it takes. You will gain the design and technical skills needed to go from concept to finished product. You will learn how to determine customer needs, create a project plan and produce the application. You will acquire and practice the programming skills needed to develop quality mobile applications. As you work through the real-world projects, you will develop interpersonal skills in communication and project management. You will learn not only how to design an app, but ways to monetize your work and generate revenue from apps you create. This project-based experience also provides career exploration opportunities as you engage in video interviews of entrepreneurs, hardware techs and application creators. You will learn what it takes to be a professional in the field and how to grow your passion, talents and interests into a career.

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This course is offered by our online course provider, World Education. Please call 855-201-6910 to speak with a program advisor.

Course Overview

  • Lesson 1 – Introduction to Web and Mobile Applications Market
  • Lesson 2 – Careers and Professionalism
  • Lesson 3 – Legal Ethics and Your Business
  • Lesson 4 – Introduction to Mobile Hardware
  • Lesson 5 – Introduction to Mobile Operating Systems
  • Lesson 6 – Application Life Cycle
  • Lesson 7 – Introduction to App Project Management
  • Lesson 8 – Designing for Your Customer UI/UX
  • Lesson 9 – Testing and Quality Control
  • Lesson 10 – Monetization and Sustainability
  • Lesson 11 – Marketing and Selling Your App

Obtain Certification

Certification is included! Included in the program tuition is the Apprentice Mobile Application Designer and Developer Certification provided by WebProfessionals.org. This stackable certification will not only give you the desired skills validation employers and clients look for, but it will also allow you to stack this apprentice-level credential with other exams to gain an associate-level designation. Your personal career coach will provide you with more details on this amazing benefit.


  • English

Course Access Time

Students are given 12 months to complete the program. Extensions are available if needed; fees may apply.


There are no prerequisites. This program is ideal for individuals with no previous coding or programming experience as well as individuals working in design and development who wish to further their knowledge and skills and potentially advance their career.

Requirements/Materials Included

This program does not require any additional purchases of supplementary materials. Included are a number of tools custom-built for students of the program, allowing them to design and develop applications without the financial burden of other platforms or software. Access to a computer or laptop meeting the following requirements is necessary for the course.

System requirements

  • 1 GB Ram
  • 1 GB HD Space
  • OpenGL compatible Video Card
  • Windows XP SP3 / Vista SP2 / Win7 / Win 8

About WorldEducation.net

SMU PRO Online certificate programs are offered through our curriculum partner, WorldEducation.net. World Education, LLC, the trusted leader in online learning, is fully immersed each day in its mission of providing quality education to the world. Offering innovative learning solutions to accredited colleges and universities, World Education serves thousands of students and partners worldwide.

Where are these courses offered?

All SMU PRO Certificate programs and courses offered through our partnership with WorldEducation.net are completely online. You will never be required to attend a brick-and-mortar classroom and you can complete your entire course from the comfort of your own home or office.

What skills do online learners need?

Most courses require a basic level of computer skills, including the ability to send and receive email as well as conduct research on the Internet. If more advanced skills are required, they will be listed in the course description. If you are uncertain, we recommend that you discuss the skills required for a course with our World Education Student Services Team by email at helpdesk@worldeducation.net or by phone at 855-278-4945.

How do students interact with instructors?

All courses are taught by trained instructors who provide support for students through the online classroom and email. The instructor is responsible for facilitating online discussion, as well as answering students’ questions and reviewing and grading assignments and exams.

Do I need an email account for my online course?

Yes, all students taking online courses must have an email account. Email accounts may be obtained by signing up for a free account through a free email service provider such as Gmail, Mail.com, Yahoo! Mail or Outlook.com.

When it says a course is 200 hours long, does that mean I have to sit at my computer for 200 hours?

No, it means that the author of the course has stated that he or she expects you to be able to complete the course in 200 hours. This time frame may include homework, research, reading, or in some cases, additional development and reflection time.

What are the advantages to online learning?

With online learning, you can study from home or work. You can log on and off as often as you need to, and the course will pick up right where you left off. Also, you only learn what you want to know. Lastly, the courses are web-based, so you can log on from any computer that has access to the internet.

What kind of certificate do I get when I have completed the course?

Once you have completed your course, a Certificate of Completion will be sent from SMU PRO.

Whom do I contact if I have a problem with my course?

If you encounter any difficulties, you should always contact your instructor first, but if that is unsuccessful you can email helpdesk@worldeducation.net.

If I have questions about a course, whom can I contact?

WorldEducation.net admissions advisors are ready to assist you with career counseling and would be happy to assist you with answering any questions about a course you are interested in taking. You can email admissions@worldeducation.net or call 855-201-6910.

What if I need to suspend my attendance, cancel my registration or withdraw?

For students paying via self-pay: SMU PRO Certificate program enrollment is final as of three (3) business days after enrollment and programs are intended to be successfully completed in full. If you wish to withdraw from a course within 3 days of enrollment, you will receive a refund minus the cost of any completed course work. If applicable, any shipped materials must be returned in new condition, at your own expense, prior to the refund being processed. The cost of items not returned or returned in used condition shall be deducted from the refund amount. After the 3-day grace period, withdrawal from the program or not completing the program forfeits your tuition costs. We do not provide any prorated refunds or credits for partial certificate program completion.
For students paying via a Sallie Mae loan: SMU PRO Certificate program enrollment is final upon distribution of Sallie Mae funds to the university. No refunds are allowed once the funds have been received by the financial office. If a student wishes to withdraw from a program within the 14 days prior to loan distribution date, the student must submit their written request to withdraw from the program to smuthink@smu.edu for consideration. Once funds are secured by SMU, the student will be expected to fully participate in the program; failure to participate will forfeit tuition funding and the student will be expected to repay their loan per the conditions of the loan.

I am located in a country outside of the United States and would like to register for a course. What do I do?

Anyone is welcome to register for our online courses. Courses are in English.

What are the qualifications for registering for a particular course?

If you need prior skills or knowledge before starting a course they will be listed on the course description under "Prerequisites."
This program is facilitated by Steve Waddell. Steve has been creating career-oriented computer courseware since the mid-90s. He is passionate about creating tools to inspire others to learn and is an award-winning entrepreneur and developer of interactive online learning programs. As an expert educational mentor, he is available to provide guidance and motivation for learners throughout the duration of this program. As a mentor, he will provide answers to learner questions, monitor learner's program progression, and review lesson and program quiz/test results.
This course is offered by our online course provider, World Education.net.

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