LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 10 January, 2011 – Pace University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems has become the first academic institution on the US eastern seaboard to offer master's students in Software Development and Engineering a rigorous program of preparation leading to certification as Certified Software Development Associates (CSDAs).
The IEEE Computer Society launched the CSDA credential, designed for entry-level software developers, in May 2008 to provide computer science and software engineering students their first credential toward a solid career foundation as a software development practitioner.
Beginning this fall, all Pace software engineering students will be required to take a course in Contemporary Software Engineering Theory and Practice as a core requirement in preparation for the exam. Students then will decide if they want to sit for the test, which will be given at an independent testing site. Under an arrangement with the IEEE Computer Society, Pace students will receive a 50 percent discount on the $400 examination fee.
Employers' preference for workers with the certification is rising in step with the demand for software engineers. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, through 2018 software engineering will continue to be among the fastest-growing occupations requiring a bachelor's degree or higher, with demand rising 30 percent. In Manhattan and Westchester counties of New York State, according to the latest Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index, known as the PSII, which measures demand for various computing jobs, over the last year demand for software engineers rose 240 percent, surpassing even the pre-recession level of 2005.
"Sophisticated software now ranges from life- and mission-critical systems to recreational games," said Sotirios Skevoulis, PhD, chair of Pace's software engineering program. "Worldwide, the heightened importance of software has created the need for a well educated and highly specialized workforce to design, implement and maintain it."
"The Seidenberg School provides professional education in the computing disciplines, and working with the IEEE Computer Society, as well as other professional societies, is a way in which we refresh our curricula," said Constance A. Knapp, Interim Dean of the School.
For 104, years Pace has produced thinking professionals by providing high-quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, it has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.