Certificate in Information Technology

Logo - IT@LaTech Logo - IT@LaTech ** Certificate Aspirants: Thanks for your interest. Please note that the current Academic Year (2013-14) certificate program is underway. The next round of the certificate program will begin in September 2014. Please complete the Expression of Interest form to allow us to keep you posted on the application deadlines and other details. **

The IT certificate (or IT@LaTech) is designed for both students and individuals from any industry level of responsibility who seek to stay current with the latest developments and facets of Information Technology (IT).

This nine-month training program is offered through the College of Engineering and Science (COES) at Louisiana Tech University.
This certificate offers a unique learning opportunity in which students can challenge both their technical and leadership skills. Aimed at fostering interaction between the IT industry and students with the intent of enhancing a student's skill-set in the aggressively growing IT areas, the certificate is uniquely structured for a closed industry participation through an immersive teaching experience by offering co-op internships, collaborative instruction, and data or software support. Furthermore, specific courses in this program will involve industry partners engaging students with real-world challenges and, in turn, work towards creating innovative solutions. All courses and their content have been carefully developed in close consultation with the Industry Consortium for Innovations in Communications, Information, and Cyberspace {IC}3.

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Enrollment Options

The certificate is designed for both industry personnel and students. All classes are available both online and at the Louisiana Tech University campus.

At Louisiana Tech: Classes will be held at the Louisiana Tech campus. Each course that is a part of the certificate is offered twice a week during the quarter with lectures in the evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays (see the course calendar (or class schedule)). This provides participants the opportunity to interact with faculty and instructors and to network with a diverse group of professionals from a diverse set of organizations. [The in-class courses at Louisiana Tech are strongly recommended for currently enrolled Louisiana Tech students].

Online: 
The courses in the certificate are made available online as well, making the curriculum accessible over the Internet. Course content is accessible over the duration of the course and includes instructional videos, presentations and handouts (as applicable).

Highlights of IT Certificate at Louisiana Tech

  1. The certificate is open to all majors, with no formal background in IT.
  2. Only an additional 4 semester credit hours (SCH) in fall, 6 SCH in winter, and 5 SCH in spring quarter (15 SCH total).
  3. No take-home assignments; complete in class lectures and lab exercises.
  4. 9-month program that fits well within the academic calendar.
  5. No textbooks required for courses.
  6. An immersive project experience with aggressively growing IT industry partners.
  7. Twice a week evening classes to easily fit diverse schedules.
  8. Offered both on-campus (for current students) and online (for professionals).

Why a Certificate in IT?

What can you gain from this IT certificate at Louisiana Tech?

Apart from boosting your resume you get to be a certified IT professional from Louisiana Tech University. With the educational quality of Louisiana Tech being widely recognized by employers, this certificate will demonstrate that you have acquired the relevant skills in IT. You get to interact with businesses and understand real world challenges and train yourself to address them. Furthermore, the courses in this certificate will provide you the exposure to gain a background for IT as a profession.

Advantages of obtaining a certificate in IT

  1. The certificate in IT from Louisiana Tech in itself is a strong credential that will help illustrate your knowledge in IT. With the strong foundational support from the industry members from {IC}3, the certificate is ensured to be current to industry needs. The courses are designed to include a wide variety of topics selected in consultation with the industry partners.
  2. If you are currently knowledgeable in computer science and/or IT, this certificate can help you stay current and raise your conceptual understanding of IT. However no formal background in IT is required to enroll in the certificate program.
  3. Louisiana Tech University through its variety of industry relations programs offer networking opportunities, and a wide range career development avenues to all its students.
  4. The certificate training will provide not only the “what” and the “how” of IT, but also the “why” by providing newer industry perspectives.
  5. The certificate is designed to provide hands-on experience on how to address challenges faced by today’s high-tech industries.

The certificate is designed for workforce development in Louisiana.The certificate is designed for workforce development in Louisiana.

Course Listing

 Different courses in the certificate across three quarters.Different courses in the certificate across three quarters.

ITEC 110: Foundations of Software Development (1 SCH): This course provides an introduction to software development and computer programming. Topics include: principles of software development, information technology, and preliminary analysis of software requirement specifications.

ITEC 220: Programming and Software Development (3 SCH): Introduction to computers or have a similar background. This course is a fast track introduction to computer programming in Java, including a brief orientation about data structures. Topics include: introduction to what is programming, variables and data types, object creation, programming constructs, code testing, and networking basics.

ITEC 410: Project Management (2 SCH)

ITEC 411: Project Experience (2 SCH)

ITEC 420: Software Engineering (2 SCH): This course provides an introduction to the concepts, techniques, and practices of software engineering. Topics include: prescriptive process models, object oriented concepts and the use of UML, analysis modeling, architecture design, and web engineering.

ITEC 440: Data Base Management Systems (2 SCH): This course covers the concepts and fundamentals of data base management systems. Topics include: Data schema, relational modeling concepts, basics of SQL, UML, XML, Indexing structures for file systems, Query processing and optimization in distributed databases, and Data Warehousing.

ITEC 460: Foundations of Data Analytics (3 SCH): This course provides an overview of the potential use of large scale data analytics and the techniques used in data mining. Topic include: Data analytics, data preprocessing, data management, model building and evaluation, and introduction to data warehousing.

How to Apply?

1. Complete the Expression of Interest online to let us know who you are and why are you interested in the certificate program. Carefully note the important Events and Deadlines.

2. If you are a current student at Louisiana Tech, simply enroll for ITEC 110 and ITEC 220 courses in the fall quarter before the requisite deadlines.

If you are currently not a student at Louisiana Tech, you will first apply for admission as a visiting student or a post-baccalaureate student, depending on your background. Again, note the important deadlines. if you have any specific questions regarding admission to Louisiana Tech, you can contact Ms. Pamela Ford, Dean for Enrollment Management ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Ms. Joan Marie Edinger, Interim Director of Admissions ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Once you are admitted, register for ITEC 110 and ITEC 220 before the requisite deadline.

3. We would contact you should we have any questions or need any more information on your interest and application.

4. Please do plan to attend the certificate events, as posted on our events page.

Next Steps after completing the Expression of Interest form

1. Please mark your calendars for September 5th at 5:30 p.m. for our orientation meeting ("Meet the Big Shots" event) in the University Hall Auditorium and Gathering Room. Please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you cannot attend the event for some reason.
 

2. In case you haven't checked it out already, please review the guidelines under the "How to apply?" section of the IT Certificate website at: http://ic3.latech.edu/courseware/information-technology#how-to-apply

3. If you are currently not a student at Louisiana Tech, please apply for admission as a visiting student/post-bac student ASAP. The IT@LaTech website has more details. If and when you are admitted, please register for ITEC 110 and ITEC 220 courses no later than September 16, 2013. Please review: http://ic3.latech.edu/courseware/information-technology/calendar

4. If you are planning to take the ITEC courses online, please make sure to register for Section 84 of ITEC 110 and ITEC 220. Others should register for the in-class Section 51. You cannot switch sections after the course has started, but you can take the remaining courses of the ITEC certificate using a different format (in-class/online) in the future quarters.

5. If you are currently a full-time student at Louisiana Tech and you will need to take 12+ SCH of courses to be able to register for ITEC courses, then you will need to complete a Program Student Petition form to take excess hours available in the undergraduate Studies office and have your advisor sign it (you will need to explain the conditions to your advisor). After your advisor has approved the petition, Dr. Sumeet Dua, the director of the IT@LaTech program (office in Nethken Hall 121) or his designate will sign the form as Program Chair.

Any other specific questions, not answered above or on our FAQs, can be directed through our contacts list.

Can anyone pursue the IT Certificate?

No. Whether or not you can pursue the IT certificate depends upon your background, motivation, and your analytical and logical thinking skills. Your responses to the questions asked in the “Expression of Interest” will advise us on your background and motivation for pursuing the certificate. Please make sure that the responses to the questionnaire are both accurate and complete. Your application for admission to Louisiana Tech (for new students) and your coursework (for current students) will also provide us data. We will let you know if you are ineligible to pursue the certificate. 

ITEC 110 course is a foundational course that would introduce you to the intricacies of IT and will challenge you with problems to demonstrate your logical, analytical and lateral thinking skills. At the end of the course, the IT faculty will discuss the outcomes with you and will encourage you to continue or discontinue the certificate, depending on your situation. Should you decide to discontinue the certificate after the end of ITEC 110, you can do a “no grade” drop of ITEC 220 by the requisite deadline. However we do hope that all of those who are eligible to enter the program will pursue and complete it. The ITEC 110 course will comprise of 4 class meeting, and the last class meeting (on October 3, 2013) will be used to conduct an interview with the enrollees as per above.

Calendar of Events and Deadlines

Please use the following link for important events and deadlines of registration to ITEC courses during the 2013-14 Academic Year.

Click here for the Calendar of Events and Deadlines.

Fee Estimator

The fees and tuition calculation for the IT Certificate is based on the current/expected academic non-ITEC coursework that the students has registered for in that particular quarter. Please use our fee estimator to calculate your approximate tuition  The indicated fees is the approximate cost of pursuing the certificate coursework, in addition to the fees for your current coursework. For students who are not currently enrolled at Louisiana Tech, should select the current number of credit hours as 0 in the estimator.

Tuition for each course is calculated based on the number of student credit hours (SCH) attached to each course. The tuition and fees for the student credit hours is determined by the Office of Comptroller at Louisiana Tech University. Please contact your adviser or the Division of Financial Aid at Louisiana Tech University to check on your student aid status.

For reference, for a Louisiana Resident student currently pursuing at least 8 SCH in the any quarter on Louisiana Tech campus, the additional fees for pursuing the IT certificate will be approximately $0 in fees and tuition.

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Faculty and Staff

 

Dr. Sumeet DuaDr. Sumeet DuaDr. Sumeet Dua, an Upchurch Endowed Professor of Computer Science and  Director of Computer Science, Cyber Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Industrial Engineering in the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Louisiana State University in 2002. He has co-authored/edited three books and has published over fifty research papers in leading journals and conferences in the areas of data mining, knowledge discovery and computational learning in high-dimensional datasets. NIH, NSF, AFRL AFOSR, NASA and LA-BOR have supported his research, and he has advised over twenty-two graduate thesis and dissertations. He frequently serves as a panelist for the NSF and NIH (over seventeen panels) and has presented over twenty-five keynotes, invited talks and workshops at international conferences and educational institutions. He has also served as the overall program chair for three international conferences and as a track chair for multiple conference tracks in the areas of bioinformatics, data mining and information intelligence. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and the ACM. His research interests include information discovery in heterogeneous and distributed datasets, semi-supervised learning, content-based feature extraction and modeling, and pattern tracking.


 

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Dr. Chockchai "Box" LeangsuksunDr. Chockchai "Box" LeangsuksunDr. Chokchai “Box” Leangsuksun is the SWEPCO Endowed Professor and an associate professor in computer science and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology (CEnIT) at Louisiana Tech University. He received the Ph.D. and M.S. in computer science from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio in 1989 and 1995 respectively.
Prior joining Louisiana Tech University in early 2002, Box was a member of Technical Staff, Lucent Technologies-Bell Labs Innovation, from 1995-2002 and was responsible in many key research and development roles in various strategic products.  His responsibility includes software architecture, project manager, quality assurance engineer and reliability engineer, to be named a few. During his academic era, Box has taught various key courses such as advanced software engineering, operating system and high performance computing. He has established his name and research recognitions by founding and co-chairing international high availability and performance & Resilience workshops, attracting multi-million dollars research funds from US government Department of Energy, Department of Defense and National Science Foundation, serving as program committee in various international conferences, releasing open source software, and writing articles featured in major technical journals/magazines.   He has also collaborated with various research groups and national and industrial labs, which include Oak Ridge National Lab, Los Alamos, Sandia, Lawrence Livermore, Dell, Intel, and Ericsson etc.  Since 2004, he has received equipment donations worth more than half million dollars from Intel.
In September 2003, he received an outstanding teaching award from the college of Engineering and Science, Louisiana Tech University.
After Hurricane Katrina landfall, few phones worked and many people could not find each other. Box with a group of his students built a searchkartina.org website that allowed people entering the name of someone they wanted to locate. The website had collected more than 25,000 entries and more than 10,000 visits in few days.


 

Dr. Jean GourdDr. Jean GourdDr. Gourd is the Program Chair and an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Louisiana Tech University. He has an active research program in the areas of cyber security, distributed systems, and software engineering. His research interests include mobile code management and security, and intelligent software (mobile) agents for cyber security. He has worked on the development of security methods for mobile agents and has performed extensive work on developing fundamental methods to model such agents within multi-agent systems. He is particularly interested in the role intelligent agents can play in securing cyber systems. He is involved in numerous ongoing research projects with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), and maintains collaborative relationships with members of industry and national research laboratories.
Dr. Gourd is currently a member of the Center for Secure Cyberspace (CSC), a joint collaboration between Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University. Originally born in Montreal, Canada, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1983 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2005.

 


 

Dr. William FullerDr. William FullerDr. William Fuller has multiple degrees from Louisiana Tech University in both computer science and engineering.  He has over 25 years’ experience in the areas of environmental assessment, air modeling and computer applications in the industrial setting. In the industrial setting, William has tapped into his computer background to develop a variety of application programs to assist in the performance of combustion-source and site risk and exposure assessments.  As an adjunct faculty member for Louisiana Tech University, he has performed the duties of an instructor for both the Computer Science and Health Information Management departments.  Within the Computer Science department, William has taught course work for Introduction to Computers, Computer Architecture, and Computer Theory while teaching several courses on Database Management for the Health Information Management department.

 

 

 


 

Dr. Pradeep ChowriappaDr. Pradeep ChowriappaDr. Chowriappa, is a Research Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University. He has three years of postdoctoral experience in the application of data mining algorithms and frameworks on biological and clinical data. Before obtaining his PhD in computer analysis and modeling from Louisiana Tech University in 2008, he pursued a yearlong internship at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Bangalore, India. He received his masters in computer applications from the University of Madras, Chennai, India, in 2003 and his bachelor’s in science and engineering from Loyola Academy, Secunderabad, India, in 2000.
He has co-authored a book on the application of data mining for bioinformatics. His research interests include data analytics, design and analysis of algorithms for knowledge discovery and modeling in high-dimensional data domains in computational biology, distributed data mining, and domain integration.

 

 


 

Alicia BoudreauxAlicia BoudreauxAlicia Boudreaux is a Workforce Development Consultant for IT@LaTech.  For nearly a decade, she has engaged people of all backgrounds to find their fit in the hottest STEM fields.  Alicia graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana Tech University in 2004 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  She then earned a Master’s of Science in Educational Administration from Baylor University in 2006.  Through programs like IT@LaTech, Alicia has worked with faculty, administrators, and industry leaders to help meet a distinct need in the development of our future workforce.  
She believes that engaging non-traditional STEM students like women and under-represented ethnic minorities is crucial to meeting this need; and she has a proven record of bridging such cultures.

 

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do certificates differ from degrees?

Most degrees require a stipulated number of courses for graduation that last for three to four years. The IT certificate is the Certificate of Completion given by Louisiana Tech University that offers a unique opportunity for quicker professional development for a shorter duration of nine months.

What’s the value of a certificate?

Building upon the superior educational quality of Louisiana Tech education and closed interaction with the industry participants with course content and industry experience, this certificate will demonstrate that you have acquired the relevant skills in the foundational topics of IT. The courses in this certificate will provide you the exposure to gain a currently relevant background for IT as a profession.

What does the certificate cost?

The fees and tuition calculation for the IT Certificate is based on the current/expected academic non-ITEC coursework that the students has registered for in that particular quarter. Use our fee estimator to calculate your approximate tuition  The indicated fees is the approximate cost of pursuing the certificate coursework, in addition to the fees for your current coursework. For students who are not currently enrolled at Louisiana Tech, should select the current number of credit hours as 0 in the estimator.

Tuition for each course is calculated based on the number of student credit hours (SCH) attached to each course. The tuition and fees for the student credit hours is determined by the Office of Comptroller at Louisiana Tech University. Please contact your adviser or the Division of Financial Aid at Louisiana Tech University to check on your student aid status.

For reference, for a Louisiana Resident student currently pursuing at least 8 SCH in the any quarter, the additional fees for pursuing the IT certificate will be $0 in fees and tuition.

Would my registration in the IT Certificate affect my financial aid?

It should not. Infact the ITEC courses can allow you to stay in a full-time status, besides of course help you build excellent academic and professional credentials. 

Can I take this certificate while pursuing a degree at Louisiana Tech University?

Absolutely. The courses offered in the certificate are evening courses. They are offered online as well as on campus, twice a week in the evenings between 5:30 pm to 8:40 pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays This encourages both students who are pursuing their degrees  and for employees to avail these courses in the evenings.
Refer the calendar (or class schedule) for more details.

What does the certificate offer in conjunction with {IC}3?

The curriculum for the courses of the certificate are designed in consultation with the members of {IC}3, that include companies like CenturyLink®Amdocs® Fenway group®, and the Cyber Innovation Center®. This collaboration ensures that course content is in tune with the demands of industry. The certificate ensures the students avail valuable industry exposure through the course project experience (ITEC 411). Students will be exposed to and encouraged to avail co-op internships at regional companies or beyond that match both their skill-set and industry needs.

Can I customize this certificate or take a course that is not listed?

Each course in the certificate is designed to suit the professional demands and needs of the field of IT. You can selectively take courses in the certificate, but will have to take all courses to earn the certificate. Course substitutions are not allowed. 

Can I earn this certificate online?

Yes. All courses of the certificate are available online, with, of course, the exception of Project Experience ITEC 411, which involves close interactions with companies. However, based on the student’s situation, this exception can be negotiated between the company, student, and faculty advisor. The online student do not have to be on Louisiana Tech campus to take ITEC 411 and the goals of the course can be accomplished remotely.

How do I start?

Just fill the Expression of Interest online to let us know who you are and why are you interested in the certificate program. Carefully note the important Events and Deadlines. If you are a current student at Louisiana Tech, simply enroll for ITEC 110 and ITEC 220 courses in the fall quarter before the requisite deadline. If you are a new student to Louisiana Tech, please apply for admission as a visiting student. 

How is the certificate designed? What is the course content?

The certificate is designed to cater to both full-time students and professionals alike. The course consists of two tracks, namely:

  • Track 1: Foundations of Software Development (ITEC 110), Programming & Software Development (ITEC 220), Software Engineering (ITEC 420), Project Management (ITEC 410), Project Experience (ITEC 411), Foundations of Data Analytics (ITEC 460), and Database Management Systems (ITEC 440).
  • Track 2: Foundations of Software Development (ITEC 110), Foundations of Data Analytics (ITEC 460), Database Management Systems (ITEC 440), Project Management (ITEC 410), Project Experience (ITEC 411), Programming & Software Development (ITEC 220), and Software Engineering (ITEC 420).

Please note that we will be offering only Track 1 in this year.

Testimonials

Bill Bradley, Senior VP and CIO, CenturyLink, Monroe, LA.Bill Bradley, Senior VP and CIO, CenturyLink, Monroe, LA.

 

"The knowledge gained through this certificate will provide a unique opportunity to either start your career or enhance your career with an understanding of how information technology is put to use in large companies like CenturyLink."

 

 

 

 Craig Spohn, Executive Director and President, CIC, Bossier City, LA.Craig Spohn, Executive Director and President, CIC, Bossier City, LA.

This IT Certificate is such an important addition to existing curricula at La Tech.   Information Technology is a component to almost every industry or any career. The ability to “speak” the language of IT professionals for non-IT professionals has become necessary for advancing people and companies alike, regardless of industry sector. The fundamental ability to this is the focus of this certificate program and will be a useful addition to any student in any degree field or someone interested in gathering the foundational IT requirements to be competent and relevant in today’s business world.”

 

 

 

Nandor Toth, Director at Amdocs, Dallas, TX.Nandor Toth, Director at Amdocs, Dallas, TX.

 

"It will streamline the path to bring the necessary IT talent to the companies looking for creative solutions in a highly competitive market place.  LaTech distinguishes itself again by promoting interdisciplinary teaching opportunities, promoting blending of the necessary technical knowledge, with the added dimension that a varied student background will bring to this industry-focused program."

 

 

Questions? Contact us

If you cannot find the information that you are looking for on this website, please e-mail us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (preferred) or call us at 318-257-4921.

For further questions, contact any of the following:

IT Certificate Chair - Dr. Sumeet Dua ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

IT Certificate Technical Coordinator:  Dr. Pradeep Chowriappa ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

IT Certificate Outreach Coordinator: Ms. Alicia Boudreaux ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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