Practical Data Engineering Certificate

4 Courses
8 Units
Online Fixed-Date

DESIGN AIR-TIGHT PLATFORMS FOR DATA COLLECTION, STORAGE AND ANALYSIS

The applied, hands-on Practical Data Engineering Certificate is designed for busy working professionals and data enthusiasts to learn the principles, tools, techniques and best practices required of data engineers in the real world. 

Data engineering and architecture are some of the most sought-after skill sets needed to prepare, manage, optimize, and process data. With the right preparation and command of technology, data engineers can provide data, uncover insights, and connect abstract data sets to analytical practitioners and organizations. 

Today’s data engineers are empowered to do so much more than Extract/Transform/Load (ETL) information — they have become true contributors in the process of interpreting and expanding the boundaries of data-driven projects.

The four data engineering courses in this certificate will prepare students to solve real-world problems and develop insights that lead to more informed, data-based decisions and business actions. Students will develop and hone their skill sets related to data analysis, extraction, and storage architecture, the ethics of data engineering, and best practices for developing efficient data pipelines using SQL and AWS. 

Certificate Requirements

USD certificate programs provide a rigorous course of study that demonstrates a progression of learning and the mastery of a specific body of knowledge. Learn more about the ’s Professional and Continuing Education Certificate Benefits and Policies.

Program completion

To earn the ’s Practical Data Engineering Certificate, students must complete each of the program’s four courses.

Tuition & fees

In addition to the tuition for each course, there is a one-time $45 certificate fee.

Program length

At seven weeks per course, you can complete your Practical Data Engineering Certificate in as few as two semesters (28 weeks).

Cohort Schedule

Course #Required Courses (8 Units)DurationSpring 2024Summer 2024Fall 2024
PDE-X800Data Engineering Fundamentals (2 Units)7 WeeksJan 23 – Mar 11, 2024May 21 – Jul 8, 2024Sep 3 – Oct 21
PDE-X801Practical Data Extraction (2 Units)7 WeeksMar 12 – Apr 29, 2024Jul 9 – Aug 26, 2024Oct 22 – Dec 12
PDE-X802Practical Data Integration (2 Units)7 WeeksMay 5 – Jun 24, 2024Sep 3 – Oct 21, 2024Jan 21 – Mar 10
PDE-X803Practical Data Engineering Capstone (2 Units)7 WeeksJun 25 – Aug 11, 2024Oct 22 – Dec 9, 2024Mar 18 – May 5

Bundle & save

Practical Data Engineering Certificate – Bundle and save 10% when you enroll in all four courses (must add all 4 courses in one transaction for discount):

Program courses are as follows:

To apply credit, select the checkbox and select  “BUS – PDE Bundle and Save 10%” for a discount on each course.
**Only one discount can be applied per course. Discount does not apply to certificate fee. **

Scholarships for Business Professionals

A scholarship for this certificate and a selective group of other certificates is available. This scholarship was created in honor of an employee and lifelong learner here at the ’s Professional and Continuing Education, Marcia Sue Rathfon.

On her behalf, we are offering scholarships to those individuals seeking to continue their education in the areas of K-12 education and business while encouraging the concept that learning never stops.

To apply, please complete the following .

Schedule & Fees

Required Courses – Start with PDE-X800 and continue in order

All courses from this stream are required for completion of this certificate
Course Date Units Price
Data Engineering Fundamentals [PDE-X800] See Course Options 2 $1375
See Course Options
2
$1375

Practical Data Engineering Certificate – Bundle and save 10% when you enroll in all four courses (must add all 4 courses in one transaction for discount):

  • PDE-X800-Data Engineering Fundamentals
  • PDE-X801-Practical Data Extraction
  • PDE-X802-Practical Data Integration
  • PDE-X803-Practical Data Engineering Capstone

To apply credit, select the checkbox and select  "BUS – PDE Bundle and Save 10%" for a discount on each course.
**Only one discount can be applied per course. Discount does not apply to certificate fee. **

Online Fixed-Date
Mikael Graindorge

This is a 2-unit online course, the first of four courses in the ’s Practical Data Engineering Certificate for those interested in learning how to extract, transform and load data for data-driven projects.

Practical Data Extraction [PDE-X801] 22 Oct 202409 Dec 2024 2 $1375
22 Oct 202409 Dec 2024
2
$1375

Practical Data Engineering Certificate – Bundle and save 10% when you enroll in all four courses (must add all 4 courses in one transaction for discount):

  • PDE-X800-Data Engineering Fundamentals
  • PDE-X801-Practical Data Extraction
  • PDE-X802-Practical Data Integration
  • PDE-X803-Practical Data Engineering Capstone

To apply credit, select the checkbox and select  "BUS – PDE Bundle and Save 10%" for a discount on each course.
**Only one discount can be applied per course. Discount does not apply to certificate fee. **

Online Fixed-Date

This online 2-Unit course is the second of four courses in the ’s Practical Data Engineering Certificate program, that focuses on practical data extraction–learn how to do conduct data extractions and how to build a process for data extractions.

Once you have enrolled in your course, to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the New Student Orientation and your online course.

Practical Data Integration [PDE-X802] See Course Options 2 $1375
See Course Options
2
$1375

Practical Data Engineering Certificate – Bundle and save 10% when you enroll in all four courses (must add all 4 courses in one transaction for discount):

  • PDE-X800-Data Engineering Fundamentals
  • PDE-X801-Practical Data Extraction
  • PDE-X802-Practical Data Integration
  • PDE-X803-Practical Data Engineering Capstone

To apply credit, select the checkbox and select  "BUS – PDE Bundle and Save 10%" for a discount on each course.
**Only one discount can be applied per course. Discount does not apply to certificate fee. **

Online Fixed-Date
Mahdi Ebrahimi, Federico Giacomelli

Online professional development course on practical data integration for the Practical Data Engineering Certificate offered by the .

Practical Data Engineering Capstone [PDE-X803] 22 Oct 202409 Dec 2024 2 $1375
22 Oct 202409 Dec 2024
2
$1375

Practical Data Engineering Certificate – Bundle and save 10% when you enroll in all four courses (must add all 4 courses in one transaction for discount):

  • PDE-X800-Data Engineering Fundamentals
  • PDE-X801-Practical Data Extraction
  • PDE-X802-Practical Data Integration
  • PDE-X803-Practical Data Engineering Capstone

To apply credit, select the checkbox and select  "BUS – PDE Bundle and Save 10%" for a discount on each course.
**Only one discount can be applied per course. Discount does not apply to certificate fee. **

Online Fixed-Date
Dillon Orr

This is the capstone course for the Practical Data Engineering Certificate program that synthesizes learning from the previous three courses with a culminating project.

Once you have enrolled in your course, to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the New Student Orientation and your online course.

$45
$5,545

Learning Method Information

Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

Curriculum

The four courses in the Practical Data Engineering Certificate program build upon each other and so must be taken in order. Each data engineering course is offered three times per year, so you will have the opportunity to begin your studies in whichever semester works best for you (Spring, Summer, or Fall).

Program courses are as follows:

The courses in this certificate program have been thoughtfully crafted to build your knowledge and skills and position you for success in the data engineering employment market. Each course is seven weeks long.

The courses are delivered in an asynchronous, fully online format, which provides considerable flexibility to complete the work on your own schedule as you earn your certificate in just 28 weeks.

Prerequisite Skills

Familiarity with basic programming languages and concepts (Python and SQL)

What You Will Learn

Learning Outcomes

After completing the Practical Data Engineering Certificate program, participants will be able to:

Who Should Attend

This professional graduate certificate is designed for:

Skills Gained

Data analysis

Data extraction

Data storage architecture

Fundamentals of data engineering ethics

Developing efficient data pipelines

Proficiency in SQL and AWS

Relational Database Management System (RDBMS)

Processing large volumes of data

Benefits

Students who complete the online Practical Data Engineering Certificate will:

Instructors

Professional development courses offered by the ’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

The online Practical Data Engineering Certificate program is designed and taught by expert instructors who provide up-to-the-minute data engineer training focused on practical knowledge. 

Careers Outlook

Employment opportunities in the data engineering field are expected to grow by over 12,800 new jobs by 2031, according to the . With such high demand for talent, employers will be looking for qualified candidates who possess the most up-to-date data engineer training and can apply those practical skills right away.

There’s never been a better time to expand your data engineering skill set through continuing education — take a look at the numbers below.

Industry Insights

9 %

Job growth, 2021-2031

$101,000

Average data engineer salary


Career Opportunities

Data Engineer

Cloud Data Engineer

Software Data Engineer

Analytics Data Engineer

Data Warehouse Architect

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for completing a certificate program?

Requirements for completing a certificate can be found on the certificate page.

Are the continuing education courses transferable to a master degree program?

Professional and Continuing Education courses that are transferrable to a USD master degree will be stated on the course or certificate page. If you wish to transfer credit, it is your responsibility to confer with the receiving institution before enrolling, as each
individual academic institution decides whether or not to accept USD Professional and Continuing Education credit.

How long do I have to complete the Certificate?

You have five years to complete the certificate.

What are your registration/drop/refund policies?

Click here for complete details regarding our refund, drop and transfer policies

What if I can’t get into a course because it is full?

Prospective students can request to be placed on a waitlist. Should a space open up in a course, those on the waitlist will be notified. We encourage you to register early for courses.

Why USD?

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