The Institute for Professional Development

Web Development with Ajax

​​​​​​​​​​​Web Development with JavaScript and HTML5

Web Development with JavaScript & HTML5 Program Details


An 8-week program designed to provide an in-depth introduction to the development of interactive, inter-operable, and user-centered websites using JavaScript, HTML5, and related leading-edge technologies such as CSS3. These technologies support media-rich, interactive websites that have the look and feel of traditional desktop applications. HMTL5 is designed to subsume previous versions of this mark-up language and to work transparently with JavaScript and JavaScript frameworks such as jQuery; and HTML5 is a leading candidate to support cross-platform mobile applications. CSS3 is the preferred language for specifying the visual design of HTML5 documents. Modern JavaScript libraries and frameworks, in particular jQuery, are well suited to work with HTML5 in the construction of media-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, mashups, and folksonomies.

Topics in the curriculum include: HTML5 and CSS3 integration; JavaScript programming; browser-agnostic JavaScript; DOM-based manipulation of HTML documents; programming in jQuery; the browser-event model; client-side debugging techniques; asynchronous client/server interactiopn (Ajax); animation and visual effects; form management and validation; JSON and XML data representation; and advanced HTML5 features such as the canvas, audio, and video elements.

For a completed program description, download the program's brochure.

Dates & Location

Winter Quarter 2016

  • Application Deadline:Dec. 18, 2015
  • Tuition Deadline:Jan. 4, 2016
  • Classes Begin:Jan. 14, 2016
  • Classes End:Mar. 5, 2016

On-campus section: Classes meet on Thursday evenings (5:45pm-9:00pm) and Saturday mornings (9am-12:15pm) at DePaul's Loop Campus at 243 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.

Online section: Students may elect to register in an online section of this program. For more information about the online section, click here.

DePaul University reserves the right to cancel any program prior to that program's first class meeting.


Winter Quarter 2016


  • $1,950.00

Full payment of tuition must be received by the Institute for Professional Development office before the start of the program. The tuition fee for this program is not included in the university's tuition package for full-time undergraduate students. The university's refund policy allows a return of 100% of tuition (minus a separate $25 registration fee) if the student drops the Web Development with JavaScript and HTML5 Program by January 28, 2016.

Application Fee

  • $40.00non-refundable

Each program requires a $40.00 (non-refundable) application fee that can be paid online (via credit card) during the online application process. If you need to pay this fee by check or money order, please make the check or money order payable to DePaul University and send it to:

DePaul University Institute for Professional Development
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Room 301
​​​​​Chicago, IL 60604


Textbooks are a separate purchase to be made by students.

Reading materials for certificate programs consist of textbooks and supplementary handouts. Textbook readings are considered preparatory in nature and are typically assigned prior to lectures; supplementary handouts are frequently distributed in class to provide additional information.

Required Textbook
Title: Learning JavaScript (2nd Edition)
Author: Shelley Powers
ISBN#: 978-0-596-52187-5
Publisher: O'Reilly
List Price: $34.99

Optional Textbooks
Title: JavaScript Cookbook (2nd Edition)
Author: Shel​ley Powers
ISBN#: 978-1-4919-0188-5
Publisher: O'Reilly
List Price: $49.99

Title: JQuery in Action (3rd Edition)
Author: Bear Bibeault,Yehuda Katz and Aurelio De Rosa
ISBN#: 9781617292071Learning JavaScript
List Price: $44.99

Payment Options

Fees are payable by check made out to DePaul University, or by credit card. For credit card payment, print out and complete the Payment by Credit Card Form.

Applicants who are eligible for a tuition reimbursement program offered by their employer and are interested in deferring their tuition payment using the university's Employer Tuition Deferral Plan, formerly known as the DePEPER Plan, must return the Employer Tuition Deferral Plan application to the Institute for Professional Development Office. Submitting this application to any other DePaul office may delay the student's registration process. Information about this plan, along with an application form, is found here​.

Applicants who wish to use the university's In-Term Payment Plan or a third-party billing arrangement should contact the Institute for Professional Development office at (312) 362-6282 for details.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a solid programming background (at least two years of professional software development experience is preferred), including experience with Web development and HTML.

Course Credit

The Web Development with JavaScript and HTML5 Program is an accredited course of DePaul University, which follows the quarter system (as opposed to the semester system). Credit hours are awarded to those who successfully complete the program's academic requirements. Academic requirements may include reading and homework assignments, written assignments, labs, projects, and other assignments. No midterm or final exams are conducted.

Course #: IPD 356; 4 undergraduate credit hours

The ability to apply these credit hours to a degree program is always determined by the college granting the degree. To view course transfer guidelines for DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM), click here.

Application & Registration Procedu​re

All interested parties should apply for admission using the Institute for Professional Development's ​​online application; or, to apply via fax, mail, or in person, print out and complete the Application Form. Upon admission, the Institute office will contact the prospective student with information and instructions about the registrati​​​on process.

​Registration is restricted​ to admitted students. IPD staff will register students upon receipt of payment and registration form. Regular DePaul students cannot register themselves via the university's registration system.