The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Linux Associate program is designed to help prepare students for employment or to improve current professional skills. The program includes Linux operating system basics and management including sophisticated manipulation of file structures, backup systems, printing processes, troubleshooting, user account management, hard disk maintenance and configuration, process monitoring and prioritizing, kernel customization, and system resource control. This program helps prepare students for the Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC-1) and CompTIA Linux + certification exams. Students who complete this program may seek employment in a variety of environments. Students can also pursue additional Certificates of Completion (CCLs) in a variety of specializations within the information technology field to deepen their knowledge and skills and to help prepare them for multiple industry certification examinations. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Network and Systems Administration is also available.
This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.
Students who pursue this Certificate of Completion (CCL) should have a basic level of computer literacy including navigating the internet and computer systems or take CIS105 as indicated in the required courses. Students with the requisite skills may have the CIS105 requirement waived by permission of the Program Director.
Courses within any of the following prefixes must be taken within five (5) years prior to completion of the program to be applied toward this award: AIM, BPC, CIS, CLD, CNT, CSC, ITS, and MST.
This program replaces: CCL/5219 Linux Associate
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Demonstrate the ability to install Linux.
- Create, manage, and delete user accounts, groups and permissions.
- Apply troubleshooting techniques to prevent and address system issues.
- Monitor system functions and security through the use of a variety of system tools and logs.
- Install and maintain software packages.
- Describe and navigate the Linux file system hierarchy.
- Create partitions and file systems, and manipulate access to them.
- Demonstrate configuration and troubleshooting of Linux networking, including network protocols, client and server systems.
- Configure and troubleshoot Linux security, including permissions, access control lists (ACLs), and firewalls.
- Create and maintain shell scripts.
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 Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. 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. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
Computer Network Support Specialists
$54,778 Show expanded career information for Computer Network Support Specialists
Computer Systems Analysts
$89,891 Show expanded career information for Computer Systems Analysts
Information Security Analysts
$100,345 Show expanded career information for Information Security Analysts
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$81,969 Show expanded career information for Network and Computer Systems Administrators
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 FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|Course Number||Course Name||Requisites||Notes||Area||Credits|
|CIS105||Survey of Computer Information Systems|| OR Permission of program director |
Students may be able to accelerate their learning by taking 8-week courses
|CIS126DL||Linux Operating System||Critical course Gateway course Students may be able to accelerate their learning by taking 8-week courses||3|
|Course Number||Course Name||Requisites||Notes||Area||Credits|
|CIS238DL||Linux System Administration||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS126DL or CIS126RH or permission of Instructor.||Students may be able to accelerate their learning by taking 8-week courses||3|
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.
- CS = Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application
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 official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm11?id=143806).
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. All previous catalog years for this pathway map are available at the link below.