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In addition to the technical curriculum listed below, students will have to complete the Associate of Applied Science degree's core curriculum. These courses account for 35 of the 60 credits required for graduation from Clarion University. The curriculum below will all take place at The Learning Center in Seneca, PA. This technical curriculum will account for the 28 hours of technical credit students need to complete their Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Technology.

Students will choose from the following list of courses offered to reach 28 credits:

Hardware Repair I & II
MTA Networking Fundamentals
MTA Security Fundamentals
MTA Database Fundamentals
MTA Web Development Fundamentals
MTA Windows Operating Fundamentals (Windows 7, Windows 8, Linux)
Project Management
Social Media-Cloud Computing
Microsoft Certification



The following certifications are currently available within the Computer & Network Administration program. Click below to jump directly to your certification of interest or the list of technical courses needed for each.

If you currently hold any of these certifications or others, you may be eligible for transfer credits. Please contact Tim Taylor at 814-393-1307 for more information. 

AAS-IT Curriculum Checksheet

The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) credentials provide IT professionals with a simpler and more targeted framework to display their technical and professional skills.


Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications provide the foundation for Microsoft Certification. These certifications are designed to validate your skills on the features and functionality of key technologies. You can show your depth of knowledge in one specific technology, earn multiple MCTS certifications to show breadth across different products, or build on the MCTS to earn a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) credential.

The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications enable professionals to target specific technologies and to distinguish themselves by demonstrating in-depth knowledge and expertise in their specialized technologies. An MCTS is consistently capable of implementing, building, troubleshooting, and debugging a particular Microsoft technology. Earn the MCTS credential to highlight your skills in using a specific Microsoft technology. You can demonstrate your abilities as an IT professional or developer with in-depth knowledge of the Microsoft technology that you use today or are planning to deploy. The MCTS credential shows your skills in job roles such as:

  • Managing and maintaining Windows Exchange Server 2010

  • Managing and Configuration of Microsoft Project Server 2010

  • Windows 7 Configuration and Deployment

  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010

  • Microsoft Lync Server 2010

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)

The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) credential validates that an individual has the comprehensive set of skills necessary to perform a particular job role, such as database administrator or enterprise administrator. MCITP certifications build on the technical proficiency measured in the MCTS certifications. Therefore, you will earn one or more MCTS certifications on your way to earning an MCITP credential.

Earn the MCITP credential so you can highlight your field of expertise. Now you can distinguish yourself as an IT professional with the current skills and proven job-role capabilities to work effectively with a comprehensive set of Microsoft technologies.

The MCITP credential is the leading certification for Windows Server 2008. It provides widely recognized, objective validation of your ability to perform critical, current IT job roles by using Microsoft technologies to their best advantage.

The MCITP certification:

  • Focuses on a specific job role, allowing for in-depth validation of your skill set

  • Allows you to earn more than one MCITP certification, demonstrating your abilities across multiple roles

  • Builds on a combination of Microsoft Certified Technology (MCTS) prerequisites, helping you develop your technical resume with each step in your MCITP career path


Earn an MCITP: Enterprise Administrator certification to demonstrate your skills in Windows infrastructure design and your readiness to excel in working with Windows Server 2008 & 2010.

Enterprise administrators are recognized among their peers and managers as leaders in Windows infrastructure design. Earn the MCITP: Enterprise Administrator certification, distinguishing you as an IT professional committed to excellence in working with Windows Server.

The MCITP: Enterprise Administrator certification can help you develop and validate your skills in your current position or advance you toward a future job role, such as:

  • Enterprise systems administrator

  • IT systems manager

  • Enterprise security administrator

  • Network administrator


Earn an MCITP: Server Administrator certification to demonstrate your leadership and problem-solving skills in working with Windows Server 2008.

Server administrators are recognized among their peers and managers as leaders in the daily operations management of Windows Server 2008. Demonstrate and communicate your ability to administer Windows Server 2008 systems and increase your organization's return on technology investment by earning the MCITP: Server Administrator certification.

The MCITP: Server Administrator certification can help you develop and validate your skills in your current position, or propel you toward a future role, such as:

  • Windows server administrator

  • Server systems administrator

  • Monitoring operator

  • Network administrator


Job Outlook

The following job prospect information is provided by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics. This information reflects national projections made for 2006-2016.

Computer support specialists and systems administrators held about 862,000 jobs in 2006. Of these, approximately 552,000 were computer support specialists and about 309,000 were network and computer systems administrators. Job prospects should be best for college graduates with relevant skills and experience; certifications and practical experience are essential for people without degrees.

Employment of network and computer systems administrators is expected to increase by 27 percent from 2006 to 2016. Computer networks have become an integral part of business, and demand for these workers will increase as firms continue to invest in new technologies. The wide use of electronic commerce and the increasing adoption of mobile technologies mean that more establishments will use the Internet to conduct business online. This growth translates into a need for systems administrators who can help organizations use technology to communicate.


A+ Certification

The CompTIA A+ certification is the industry standard for computer support technicians. The international, vendor-neutral certification proves competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. CompTIA A+ certified technicians also have excellent customer service and communication skills to work with clients.

CompTIA A+ is part of the certification track for corporations such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and Novell. Other technology companies, including CompuCom and Ricoh, have made CompTIA A+ certification mandatory for their service technicians. More than 700,000 people worldwide have become CompTIA A+ certified since the program's inception.

Jobs that use CompTIA A+

  • Technical support specialist
  • Field service technician
  • IT support technician
  • IT support administrator
  • IT support specialist

Computer & Network Administration-Technical Courses

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