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Microsoft Office Specialist

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Microsoft Office Specialist emphasizes advanced training on word processing, spreadsheet, and database software for business purposes. This certificate builds upon the knowledge and skills gained by the CCL in Microsoft Office Professional for use in various business settings. This certificate helps prepare students for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification examinations. This certificate embeds into the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Information Technology.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Computer and Information Technology
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Microsoft Office Specialist (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5137
Total Credits Required
25-31
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

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

  1. Discuss the role of computer information systems in developing business solutions.
  2. Create macros using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).
  3. Prepare business documents in Microsoft Word using advanced word processing features.
  4. Develop complex workbooks using Microsoft Excel.
  5. Create advanced relational databases using Microsoft Access.
  6. Produce presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint.
  7. Manage files using the Windows Operating System.
  8. Utilize Microsoft Project to manage business projects.
  9. Integrate Microsoft applications to meet multi-faceted business needs.
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

Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

$57,220

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

$35,420

* 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.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC/OAS111AA Computer Keyboarding I OR Permission of Program Director 0–1
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems Critical course Gateway course OR Permission of Program Director CS 0–3
CIS113DE Microsoft Word: Word Processing 3
CIS114DE Excel Spreadsheet 3
CIS117DM Microsoft Access: Database Management 3
BPC270 or
(CIS121AE and
CIS122AE)
or
MST150++
A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support or (Windows Operating System: Level I and Windows Operating System: Level II) or Any Microsoft Windows course Students may be able to accelerate their learning by taking 8-week courses. 2–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS118DB Desktop Presentation: PowerPoint 3
(CIS124AA and
CIS124BA)
or
CIS224
(Project Management Software: Level I and Project Management Software: Level II) or Project Management Microsoft Project for Windows Students may be able to accelerate their learning by taking 8-week courses. 2–3
CIS213DE Advanced Microsoft Word: Word Processing 3
CIS214DE Advanced Excel Spreadsheet: Level II 3
CIS217AM Advanced Microsoft Access: Database Management 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC/OAS111AA Computer Keyboarding I OR Permission of Program Director 0–1
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems Critical course Gateway course OR Permission of Program Director CS 0–3
CIS113DE Microsoft Word: Word Processing 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS114DE Excel Spreadsheet 3
CIS117DM Microsoft Access: Database Management 3
BPC270 or
(CIS121AE and
CIS122AE)
or
MST150++
A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support or (Windows Operating System: Level I and Windows Operating System: Level II) or Any Microsoft Windows course Students may be able to accelerate their learning by taking 8-week courses. 2–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
(CIS124AA and
CIS124BA)
or
CIS224
(Project Management Software: Level I and Project Management Software: Level II) or Project Management Microsoft Project for Windows Students may be able to accelerate their learning by taking 8-week courses. 2–3
CIS213DE Advanced Microsoft Word: Word Processing 3
CIS214DE Advanced Excel Spreadsheet: Level II 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS118DB Desktop Presentation: PowerPoint 3
CIS217AM Advanced Microsoft Access: Database Management 3
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.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Microsoft Office Specialist (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=154965).


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