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A New Approach To Integrate Computer Technology Certifications Into Computer Information System Programs

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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IS and IT Education

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9.75.1 - 9.75.15

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Fanyu Zeng

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Session 2558

A New Approach to Integrate Computer Technology Certifications into Computer Information System Programs

Fanyu F. Zeng Indiana Wesleyan University


This paper presents a newly designed curriculum model for the computer information systems. It first reviews the history of profession and certifications. It then addresses the characteristics and categories of information technology certifications recognized by industries. The curriculums recommended by ACM and IEEE are reviewed to define core courses for Computer Information System program. Several technology oriented programs at different levels of educational institutions are also evaluated and discussed. Finally a three-step curriculum model is introduced for a Computer Information System Associate Degree program. This three-step curriculum model first connects the undergraduate general study and computer core courses to build students a foundation in information technology. Other computer related courses are then grouped into several small focus programs. The last step of the three step program is designed to bridge students from this academic program to specialized training programs usually offered by a certified training and test center. Ultimately this three-step curriculum model is designed for students to achieve their academic goals and start their preparations for information technology certifications in a two-year associate degree program.


With today’s dynamic economy it has become obvious that more and more professionals want to get certified in a special area to maintain their competitive edge. For the same reason many students in Computer Information System or Computer Science programs not only want to earn their degrees but want to be prepared to obtain technology certifications in order to meet the increasing demands from industries. Therefore, this requires the computer related curriculums to be designed towards to these goals and to be updated constantly to meet strong demands from both industry and students.

Elements of Professional Development

After studied on several well-established professions, including medicine, law, engineering, and accounting in the past, researchers observed that professions in several different fields follow a professional development path that is fairly similar, regardless of their specific discipline. There are a number of important elements for one to become a profession. Initial professional education is the primary element and foundation. Then

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Zeng, F. (2004, June), A New Approach To Integrate Computer Technology Certifications Into Computer Information System Programs Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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