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Linux System Administration

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Linux System Administration program is designed to help prepare students for a variety of industry-recognized Linux certification exams as well as provide practical hands-on skills for the workplace. The program includes a core of Linux classes including Linux operating system basics, system administration, network administration and network security. The courses in the program will help develop a student's knowledge and skill level in preparation for employment or to improve current professional skills. Students who complete this program may seek employment in a variety of environments. The program helps prepare students for the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA), Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), and CompTIA Linux+ certification exams. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Network and Systems Administration is also available.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Computer and Information Technology
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Linux System Administration (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5052N
Total Credits Required
15-18
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Automate system tasks utilizing Linux shell scripting.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to install Linux.
  3. Create, manage, and delete user accounts, groups and permissions.
  4. Apply troubleshooting techniques to prevent and address system issues.
  5. Monitor system functions and security through the use of a variety of system tools and logs.
  6. Install and maintain software packages.
  7. Describe and navigate the Linux file system hierarchy.
  8. Create partitions and file systems, and manipulate access to them.
  9. Demonstrate configuration and troubleshooting of Linux networking, including network protocols, client and server systems.
  10. Configure and troubleshoot Linux security, including permissions, SELinux, access control lists (ACLs), digital certificates, and firewalls.
  11. Configure automation services.
  12. Create and maintain shell scripts.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$135,910

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

$79,800

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the program.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border.

Note: You will have to select one of the options below to view available course sequences.

Full-time Sequence

To view course sequences, select one of the pathway map options above.

Pathway Map Option Details

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Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Linux System Administration (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=143807).


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