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Learn to Code in the Software Engineering Program
Enroll in a software engineering program designed for Amazon employees, now available to Kenzie learners.
Kenzie Academy from SNHU and Amazon Technology Academy co-developed the Software Engineering Certificate with Specialization in Backend Java program. This online program prepares you to enter the field of software engineering and pursue a career path as a software development engineer at Amazon, other big tech companies, and startups.
What You’ll Learn
Projects with Real-World Relevance
Complete mastery-based software engineering projects based on problems encountered in business application development. You’ll design software systems to solve complex problems.
Flexible Learning Plan
You can create your own schedule for independent, self-paced learning. Attend class live or watch on-demand recordings when it’s convenient for you.
The Learning Experience
This software engineering program offers instructional team-facilitated sessions and independent learning opportunities such as topic sessions, Q&A’s, project-based activities, assessments, and more.
Amazon Software Development Engineer (SDE)
You may qualify for a role at Amazon. Although we cannot guarantee you a job at Amazon, we will equip you with the software engineering skills and mindset to be successful in the job searching process.
The software engineering program covers engineer-specific job skills development, along with interview prep, mentoring, mock interviews, practice problems, and how to talk about algorithms.
- Length: 12 months
- Next Start Date: July 2023
- Tuition: $20,000
- Hours: 30-40 hours per week
- Program Location: Online and available to U.S. learners
- Computer Requirements: View our computer requirements here.
- Schedules are flexible: Attend class live or watch on-demand recordings. Kickoffs, study halls, and sessions are optional, yet highly encouraged to attend. Hit play on the video to learn more.
- Programs are delivered in English
Benefits of Kenzie Academy vs Traditional Bootcamps
Amazon Technical Academy
Amazon Technical Academy began as an internal training program designed to help non-technical Amazon employees upskill into tech careers. To expand access to this technical training, Kenzie Academy from SNHU and ATA co-developed the Software Engineering program. Anyone can gain software engineering skills through this program and train for software development engineer roles at Amazon and other tech positions.
You may be eligible to apply completed program credits toward a degree program at Southern New Hampshire University and other institutions. Continue your education in a degree program like SNHU’s bachelor’s in computer science and speak to your Admissions Counselor to learn more.
Career Services and Employer Outreach Teams
You’ll partner with a Career Advisor who will help you create a job search strategy, refine your resume, prep for interviews, network, and more. You’ll also get opportunities to connect with employers hiring Kenzie grads and find job openings in the job seeking platform Handshake.
Software Engineering Certificate Details
Specialize in Java:
Java is one of the most widely used programming languages for developing applications to solve business problems. It’s well-documented, which equips you with access to resources to leverage problem solving. Java’s wide usage suggests that there are, and will likely continue to be, many career opportunities for Java developers.
Master Software Engineering:
Learn to develop, build, and maintain computer systems, databases, and applications. You can expect to use systemic, disciplined, and measurable approaches to find efficient solutions to a problem for companies or clients. As you gain experience to become a software development engineer, you can pursue roles like Java backend developer, DevOps engineer, solutions architect, scrum master, and business analyst.
Accomplish Program Goals:
Curriculum is based on these goals guided by each module: syntax and logic, edge cases and testing, code efficiency, writing code readability and reusability, systems architecture, usability, security, real-world experience, and career readiness. Our Academic team of advisors, facilitators, coaches, and evaluators will help you reach these goals throughout the program.
FOUNDATIONS AND PROGRAM CURRICULUM (36 Total Credits)
Enrollment in the Software Engineering Certificate with Specialization in Backend Java Program is required to take the below courses:
In this course, learners learn about API Design considerations, more advanced DynamoDB features, and new Java fundamentals including developing and implementing functionalities to execute code asynchronously. By the end of the course, learners will be able to use DynamoDB scan to find and filter data, use JSON Serialization to transform Java objects to and from the text-based JSON format, and build a mental model of how Trees and Graphs work and why they’re used. Enrollment in the Software Engineering – Backend Development certificate program required.
In this course, Java Concepts 8, and the subsequent course, Java Concepts 9, learners are prepared for the critical transition from learner to a working Software Engineer by completing a Capstone Project. The Capstone Project prepares learners for this transition through exposure to similar expectations and environments similar to real on-the-job training. Throughout the Capstone Projects, learners will work independently to assist in learning what is needed to deliver results, develop previously-defined functionality, and perform and receive multiple evaluations from peers and instructional staff. The Capstone Project is a group project spreading out the responsibility and provides learners with the opportunity to work collaboratively and hold each other accountable within an Agile environment. Enrollment in the Software Engineering – Backend Development certificate program required.
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Job TitleAssociate Software Engineer
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Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely not! We’re looking for self-starters who are curious about technology and like working with diverse groups of people. Our learners are driven problem-solvers who can handle when things get tough and who enjoy being part of a collaborative tech community. The Kenzie Academy program is open to all applicants with a good attitude, eagerness to learn, ability to adapt, and enthusiasm for gaining new knowledge and skills.
Our courses are offered 100% online only to provide you with flexibility and the ability to self-pace your learning according to your schedule.
The number of hours you dedicate to the program depends on how efficiently you manage your time and how much time you need to put into your coursework. Your schedule is flexible as you can attend class live or watch on-demand recordings, as well as attend weekly kickoffs, topic sessions, study halls, and Q&A sessions that are not mandatory (although highly recommended). We support learners who are managing outside responsibilities; however, please keep in mind this program typically requires 30-40 hours per week of dedication to coursework.
Prospective learners must meet the following criteria:
- High school diploma or equivalent
- 18 years or older
- Fluent in English
- International learners are unable to enroll in a Kenzie Academy program from Southern New Hampshire University at this time. Please visit the Southern New Hampshire University international student admissions requirements page for more information.
You’ll earn a Software Engineering – Backend Development Certificate. The Software Engineering program is not a degree program. There is a growing list of employers today that no longer require degrees for developers and other tech adjacent roles. By earning your certificate, you’ll save time and money by only learning the skills that are relevant to a job in the field of software engineering.
Upcoming Start Dates:
- July 2023
Apply now to speak with an Admissions Counselor to determine the best time for you to start!