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Associate in Applied Science in Software Engineering

study software engineering at CIE

Program Objectives

The educational objectives of the Cleveland Institute of Electronics Software Engineering program are to produce graduates who are able to:

  • Be employed as a practicing engineer in fields such as design, research, development, testing, and manufacturing.
  • Achieve positions of increased responsibility within an organization.
  • Progress through advanced degree or certificate programs or participate in continuing education in engineering, business, and/or other professionally related fields.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Software Engineering associate degree program will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Analyze and interpret data.
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints.
  • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Recognize of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
  • Analyze, design, verify, validate, implement, apply, and maintain software systems.
  • A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Program Description

This comprehensive Associate Degree in Software Engineering was designed to prepare students with little or no computer experience for a well-rounded education in software engineering.

Learn to master PC basics, operating systems and Microsoft Office before moving on to popular programming languages that include Java, JavaScript, C++, C# and Visual Basic.

Advanced computer science topics like database management and software lifecycles are covered too.

No experience is needed and you can do all of your training at home with full instructor support!


You Pay Only For The Time You Use!

CIE’s A.A.S. Software Engineering Program is broken down into 24-week terms. During each of these terms you'll have a minimum number of lessons to complete, but no maximum!

Tuition for each 24 week term is $1,245.

If you were to complete the entire program in just 48 weeks, you would only be required to pay tuition for two terms. There are no additional charges for extra lessons or labs completed during a given term.

Who decides how much you pay for your Associate Degree? You do!

CIE makes it possible for students who can study at an accelerated pace to realize significant savings off the cost of a top-quality education!

Projected maximum cost of this program if student continues to the statue of limitations (8 terms) is $9,960.


Special Offer to New Students from April 1st through April 30th.

Enroll on-line in the Software Engineering degree before April 30th. for only $10 down and save 40% off tuition with low monthly payments of only $100.



An Associate degree in Software Engineering can help prepare you for a career as a software engineer.

Why study Software Engineering?

As software becomes more widespread in everything from autos to entertainment devices, there is a burgeoning demand for professionals who can design, develop and implement specialized software systems.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, computer software engineers are one of the careers projected to grow the fastest and add the most new jobs over the 2006-2016 decade.

With a steady flow of C, C++, Java HTML and Visual Basic programming you will graduate with strong problem-solving and analytical skills needed to work independently or as part of a team that designs new hardware and software systems.

Industries such as software publishers, government agencies, manufacturers of computers and related electronic equipment, financial institutions and insurance providers are places where software engineers are hired.


Basic Course Outline

Computer Science Engineering Core
- Introduction to Computers
- Operating Systems
- Software Development Lifecycle
- Introduction to Microsoft Office
- Javascript
- Database Management
- SQL and Database Management Systems

Computer Programming
- Programming with HTML
- Visual Basic
- C Programming Language
- C++ Programming
- Java Programming

General Education
-Applied Ethics
-Technical Writing I & II
-General Psychology
-Introduction to Sociology
-Strategies for Success
-Career Management

Basic Sciences
- Algebra/Trig I & II
- Physics I


Education Benefits Available for Military Personnel and Veterans

Build on your military training with an Accredited Diploma from CIE!

CIE is approved for the training of veterans and eligible military service personal for educational benefits under the G.I. Bill, the Post 9/11 GI Bill and military tuition assistance under the DANTES program for service members on active duty in the Armed Forces.

Funds are also available for eligible military spouses under the military Spouse Career Advancement Initiative.

Call a CIE Admissions Advisor at (800) 243-6446 to see how easy it is to put your Military Education Benefits to work for you today!

You may qualify for advanced standing! Because of your military status, you may be eligible for advanced standing based on your previous military training or academic history.


Earn your Degree via Distance Learning

This curriculum is specifically designed to educate students who live at a distance from a college and allows them to learn new technology in their own home.

Experience a step-by-step method of learning that allows you to master the fundamentals and then move on to more advanced topics!

Questions about course material can be answered directly by CIE's qualified instructors via telephone, e-mail, chat room, or mail.

Distance learning is quickly becoming the new way to earn an accredited degree. With CIE, the student is in control of their time and place of study.

Nationally Accredited School

CIE is an Accredited Member of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) located in Washington, DC.

The DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

On-line Exams

You can take your exams online on our e-grade site.

Live Instructor Assistance

Our instruction staff works directly with you one-on-one to answer your questions and provide you with technical assistance when needed – even if it’s on a Saturday!

How The Program Works

As soon as your enrollment into the A.A.S. Degree Program has been accepted you will receive an Enrollment Confirmation form which includes a Progress Record.

The Progress Record will provide details on your first 12 credit hours, along with the remaining lessons in your program, so you can use it as a permanent record of your grades. As you progress into your second term of study, CIE will advise you of your cumulative credit hours.

If you are applying for academic transfer credit towards the A.A.S. Program, you may have your first term custom-tailored and your credit hour assignment individually prepared to reflect your credits transferred.

You have up to eight 24-week terms to complete CIE’s Associate Degree.

Students graduate with an Associate Degree in Software Engineering from a Nationally Accredited School.

You can start this program at anytime. One of the advantages of enrolling with CIE is that you can study when it's convenient for you.

We can accommodate almost any arrangement that suits you best and with our generous time allotment of eight 24-week terms for the A.A.S. Degree you can be assured to have enough time to complete your program.


Special Offer to New Students!

Save 40% off tuition during CIE's April Special!

Enroll on-line or call a CIE Admissions Advisor at (800) 243-6446 before April 30th to enroll in the Software Engineering associate degree for only $10 down and save 40% off tuition with low monthly payments of only $100.

CIE accepts credit card, PayPal, Western Union, bank account transfer, money order or check. Call a CIE Admissions Advisor at (800) 243-6446 with any questions or email us.


Student Textbook Responsibilities

Students are responsible for purchasing a limited number of textbooks for this course that are not included in tuition. Please call an Admission Advisor at (800) 243-6446 if you have any questions.


Textbook Buyback Program

Some lesson modules in this course include textbooks that would qualify for our Textbook Buyback Program.

CIE’s Textbook Buyback Program enables you to sell your textbooks back to CIE for tuition credit once you are finished with your learning module. They must be in a like-new appearance with no marks, tears or folds.

You are under no obligation to use this service but if you don’t want to keep your textbooks for reference we’ll be happy to buy them back and give you tuition credit. You can start this program at any time during your course.


Preview the Software Engineering Associate Degree lesson titles

Lesson Titles

Number of Lessons: 184 (96 credit hours)

Time Allowed: Maximum of 8 terms of study of 24 weeks each


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