The Applied Information Technology (AIT) Specializations provide students in the ASTM or BSTM degree programs the opportunity to gain in-depth, hands-on experience with market-leading software and systems technologies. Currently it provides three different Specializations, each consisting of five 3-credit courses. Each Specialization paves the way for successful students to earn valuable industry-leading credentials, which can greatly enhance a student’s employment prospects as an IT professional.
The AIT includes academic and technical training, certification testing and practical exercises aligned to meet the urgent needs of the IT industry.
The program is specifically designed to meet the IT industry’s high demand for:
Embry-Riddle’s ASTM and BSTM programs offer three specializations: Server & Cloud Administrator, Cybersecurity Administrator and Cloud Applications Developer. Each specialization requires 15 undergraduate credit hours, consisting of five Information Systems Technology Applications (ISTA) courses.
See the Course Catalog for descriptions and prerequisites for the courses in each Specialization.
This program is open to all students who meet Embry-Riddle Worldwide admissions standards and complete the course pre-requisite. For students who are new to computing or information technology (as users or as students), we strongly recommend that you prepare for and take the MTA Exam that is associated with your chosen specialization. Study materials are free.
Microsoft or (ISC)2 certifications are earned by passing one or more exams administrated by a third party. ERAU’s Applied Information Technology courses are based upon Microsoft or (ISC)2 official curriculum content, and are designed to assist students with passing exams; but please note, the purpose of the ERAU courses are to provide students a solid grounding in the topics covered, and are not “test prep” training courses.
The external certification exams are not embedded in the ERAU courses, nor is the cost of the exam bundled together with other required or supplemental course materials. ERAU may be able to provide the exam voucher(s) to students at a discount from retail. As an AIT student, you’ll need to separately arrange with the testing service (such as PearsonVue) to schedule, pay for, and take your certification exam(s).
Many certification training programs are aimed at experienced IT professionals who seek formal certification of their knowledge and skills. These “boot camp” courses do not typically take someone new to IT and help them build basic, conceptual knowledge, and learn to apply that knowledge in practical ways to build new skills. Instead, ERAU’s Applied Information Technology program is geared to students just starting out in their study of IT topics and skills.
And unlike commercial certification company programs, as an ERAU AIT student, you earn undergraduate credit hours for each course you take. Those credit hours can contribute to your degree, or to an academic Certificate of Completion. Either of these attests to your successful learning, which gives you time to get on-the-job experience in your chosen Specialization before you take your formal Certification test.
Step 1 — Contact Embry-Riddle
Inquire by calling 800-522-6787 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also reach out to your local Embry-Riddle Worldwide campus or Online Academic Advisor.
Step 2 — Apply for Admission to Embry-Riddle
New ERAU students — Local ERAU Worldwide Campus staff can guide you through the application and financial aid process. You’ll also need to complete the Math and English Skills Assessments as part of your application, and schedule a meeting with your Embry-Riddle Academic Advisor to plan your path towards degree completion.
Existing ERAU students — you’ll need to make a Degree Program Change to select your chosen AIT Specialization in your existing ASTM or BSTM degree program. Your Academic Advisor can assist you.
Step 3 (Optional) — Pass the MTA Exam
be sure to submit a copy of your MTA Certificate to complete your application for your chosen Specialization!
Step 4 — Complete Admission and Registration Requirements
Complete the math and English skills assessment tests and schedule a meeting with your Embry-Riddle academic advisor to plan to your courses.