Certificate in Information Technology (IT)

The Sage College’s undergraduate certificate program in Information Technology (IT) is an introductory program designed to introduce and/or reinforce fundamental concepts of information technology within the framework of computer information systems.

The online Certificate in Information Technology exposes students to a set of relevant courses in computer information systems such as data communications and networking, programming, relational database systems, information systems development, web applications development and computer security. Upon completion of the online Certificate in Information Technology program, students are prepared for an entry-level position in the various areas of information technology and also this program serves as a gateway to various undergraduate programs in information technology.


Program Course Map

it-certificate-course-map(1)Upon completion of the Certificate in Information Technology (IT), students will be able to:

  • Assume a professional position in various areas of information technology.
  • Gain the foundation to transfer to various undergraduate programs in information technology, including the B.S. in Information Technology and Cybersecurity through Sage Online.
  • Gain knowledge and skills needed to earn more specialized and industry-relevant certifications that are crucial to enter a wide variety of careers in information technology.






















Courses (24 credits total; 18 core credits):

This course provides both a practical and conceptual background in Information Technology Fundamentals. The course is designed to cover pervasive themes in IT organization issues and history of IT, IT and its related informing, disciplines, application domains, computer math, and other IT topics. The course is designed to provide learners a solid foundation of information technology and computer systems and how they affect everyday life. In addition the course gives the learners a classic introduction to computer concepts with a modern twist known for its emphasis on industry insight and societal issues, this text makes concepts relevant to today’s career-focused students. Prerequisite(s): For Sage Online degree students only.

This course provides both a practical and, conceptual background and understanding about the structure of the complete system (CPU, memory, buses and peripherals) and reinforces that core content with an emphasis on divergent examples. This approach to computer architecture is an effective arrangement that provides sufficient detail at the logic and organizational levels appropriate for EE/ECE departments as well as for Computer Science readers. The text goes well beyond the minimal curriculum coverage and introduces topics that are important to anyone involved with computer architecture in a way that is both thought provoking and interesting to all.

This course introduces the principles of computer security. Topics include theory and practice of network security, firewalls, Windows, UNIX and TCP/IP network security. Security auditing, attacks, viruses, intrusion detection and threat analysis will also be covered. Prerequisite(s): ITC 201; For Sage Online degree students only.

This course is designed to convey the essentials of data communication networks. Major topics include layered network architectures, TCP/IP model, link layer error and flow control mechanisms, packet switching, wired/wireless local and wide area networks. We will also discuss important network management topics such as domain management and security. Prerequisite(s): ITC 201; For Sage Online degree students only.

ITC-209 is a hands-on course for developing web sites with various software applications, a markup language, digital images and web programming (JavaScript & PHP). This course will also cover HTML5, CSS3, Macromedia Dreamweaver and Macromedia FLASH. We will explore web programming concepts with Perl and CGI. Throughout the course we will consider issues related to project planning, information systems architecture, usability, content development and accessibility. All web pages designed in this class will meet W3C guidelines for web compliance and must validate XHTML and CSS according to the W3C Markup Validation Service. Prerequisite(s): ITC 201; For Sage Online degree students only.

The notion of “object” directs the discipline of programming presented in this course. The C# serves as the medium through which key ideas are introduced. The “smaller” issues of message passing and control flow are presented, as are the “larger” issues of abstraction, encapsulation, and hierarchy. Variables and typing, procedures and parameters are discussed. Functionality provided in specific java packages is employed. Standard algorithms are presented. Problem solving strategies are articulated and exploited. Prerequisite(s): ITC 201; For Sage Online degree students only.

This course will examine basic principles of data and databases with an emphasis on relational database modeling. Topics such as database design, creation, maintenance, user interface and SQL queries will be presented from an end-user perspective. Prerequisite(s): ITC 201; For Sage Online degree students only.

This course systematically describes the entire life cycle needed to create an information system, including aspects such as system architecture, requirements analysis, interface design, output design and project management issues. This class focuses on both theory and methods of systems analysis as applied to business environment. It is intended to give students a solid foundation in information systems design and analysis using an object-oriented approach. This approach is widely accepted in the information industry and academic environments. The text integrates case studies to present and apply the concepts of the analysis of information systems most commonly used in business applications.

*  This course may be waived at the discretion of the program director for students with previous IT-related coursework or relevant experience.


The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) offers rolling admission with start terms in fall, spring and summer. Applications are encouraged well in advance to the start of each term so that there is ample time for transfer credit evaluations and financial aid packaging.

Working directly with an admission counselor, we evaluate the amount of transferable credit and work experience you have. We strongly encourage you to have at least 40 completed college credits or an associate degree. It is required that applicants have 40 completed college-level credits in good academic standing to be accepted.

How to Apply

Choose one of the following:

Students must submit:

  • A completed application for admission
  • An official transcript from EACH post-secondary institution attended since high school. To do this, complete and print the Official Transcript Request Form (located on the last page of this document) and fax it to 800-473-2512.
  • A one- to two-page career goals essay

International students must submit additional information including WES transcript in order to be admitted.

Students can expect to receive an admission decision within two weeks after their admission file is considered complete. Students who have completed the admission procedures and gained acceptance to an undergraduate degree or certificate program will be classified as a matriculated student, are eligible for financial aid and will be assigned a faculty advisor.

Dawitt-DemissieDawit Demissie, PhD (click for full biography)
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Director, Computer Science
The Sage Colleges


Michael Weisberg, CISSP
Director, Cybersecurity
The Sage Colleges – Online

Michael D. Weisberg has over 30 years of professional experience in the fields of Information Security, Information Technology, Computer Science, and Cybersecurity. He is Vice President for Information Security and Assurance Services at Garnet River.  Mr. Weisberg’s responsibilities include managing and coordinating information security consulting practices, as well as building and enhancing SOC/CIRT facilities. Mr. Weisberg also promotes Owl Secure monitoring and compliance services, and speaks on a variety of Information Security and Assurance issues. As a Senior Enterprise Architect with Federal Reserve Information Technology Enterprise Architecture, he specialized in Information Security and Assurance. He was the Dedicated Architect to Bank Supervision and Regulation where he led the Security Road Mapping effort.
Michael joined the Federal Reserve in June of 2006 and provided leadership in multiple programs including Information Flow Control, Platform and Storage Virtualization, Security Road Mapping and Open Source Software Use. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Michael was the Principle Engineer for NYSTEC – a trusted agent consulting service to New York State government. He was Director of Technology Services for Rhythms NetConnections, a nationwide high speed networking provider. He served as Vice President of the Information Security Intrusion Analysis group, and Assistant Vice President of Advanced Technology at Bank of America.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and is a trainer for Safe and Secure Online, an international organization educating school age children about safe and responsible Internet use.


Larry Scoggin
Adjunct Intructor, IT and Cybersecurity
The Sage Colleges – Online

Larry Scoggin is an information security leader experienced in building, delivering, and directing balanced governance programs incorporating business requirements and cost-effective solutions. He is Senior Security Architect at Stalwart, and has a successful track record in directing the design, build and implementation of risk management processes for large and mid-sized organizations. Across a thirty-five year career, Larry has built, implemented and managed processes for facility security, incident response, security awareness, governance, and information technology risk management in managed services, aerospace, manufacturing, financial and retail environments. Mr. Scoggin has served as a private sector representative on both the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSC) and the Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP).


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