Web Development | JavaScript & HTML5

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 complete program description, download the program's brochure.


Spring Quarter 2021

  • Application Deadline:Early Mar. 2021
  • Tuition Deadline:Early Mar. 2021
  • Classes Begin:Week of Apr. 5th (Date TBA)
  • Classes End:Week of May 24th (Date TBA)

Meeting Pattern

Online: Sync Section

Days & Times: Classes usually meet one evening per week (5:45pm-9:00pm) and Saturdays, 9:00am-12:15pm(Central Time)

These classes take place at a specific time on a specific day, with the instructor and all the students meeting online using a synchronous meeting tool like Zoom. Classes will be recorded, so any student who is not able to join at the specified time will be able to watch the recording of the class. Before selecting this option, please carefully consider your ability to actively participate in video and audio with a reliable internet connection.

What if I cannot make it to every online synchronous class meeting?
Joining the class meetings in real time is highly recommended, but is not required. You can still take this class by viewing the class recordings and keeping pace with the weekly topics and assignments.

Online: Async (Sync-Option) Section

These classes do not meet at a specific time on specific days. This class is paired with a class that takes place at a specific time on a specific day via Zoom (or similar tool). Students in this class may connect with the live classroom and instructor, if and when they are available, but they are not required to do so.

Students will have access to the recordings of the paired synchronous online classroom. They are expected to follow the same weekly agenda of topics and assignments as the class that meets synchronously, but can view the course material at a time of their own choosing.


Spring Quarter 2021


  • $2,665.00

Full payment of tuition must be received before the start of the program. Students who elect to pay tuition using a credit or debit card will be assessed a non-refundable 2.75% convenience fee.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: DePaul reserves the right to cancel any program before that program’s first scheduled meeting, in which case tuition fees (but not convenience fees) will be refunded. The university's refund policy allows a return of 100% of tuition if the student drops the Web Development with JavaScript and HTML5 Program within two weeks of the program's start date (convenience fees will not be refunded).

Notice for Current DePaul Students

  • Undergraduates: Please be aware that the tuition fee for this program is not included in the university’s full-time term package pricing.

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 (3nd Edition)
Author: Ethan Brown
ISBN#: 978-1491901885
Publisher: O'Reilly
List Price: $39.99

Optional Textbooks
Title: JavaScript Cookbook (2nd Edition)
Author: Shelley Powers
ISBN#: 978-1-4919-1491-5
Publisher: O'Reilly
List Price: $49.99

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

Other Fees

CTA U-Pass Fee: Beginning Autumn Quarter 2016, any IPD certificate program student who enrolls in a full-time course load (8 graduate or 12 undergraduate credit hours) and where at least one course is taught at an on-campus location will be automatically enrolled in the University’s CTA U-Pass program. The CTA U-Pass program provides unlimited rides on CTA transport and it requires that all eligible students participate in the program. The cost of the CTA U-Pass is $105.00 per quarter. Students who meet the eligibility criteria will have this fee added to their student accounts. Students are responsible for this fee regardless of benefit use or card pick-up. Students who are taking courses exclusively online do not qualify for this program. Further information about the U-Pass program is found at upass.depaul.edu.

Payment Options

Fees are payable by check made out to DePaul University, or by credit card. Students who elect to pay tuition using a credit or debit card will be assessed a non-redundable 2.75% convenience fee.

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 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 Single 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 Procedure

All interested parties should apply for admission using the Institute for Professional Development's online application; or, download and complete the Application Form and email to ipd@cdm.depaul.edu. Upon admission, the Institute office will contact the prospective student with information and instructions about the registration process.

You do not have to be an existing DePaul student to take this certificate program. Registration is restricted to individuals who apply for admission to the program and receive an acceptance letter. IPD staff will register applicants upon receipt of payment and registration form.

Regular DePaul students cannot register themselves via the university's registration system. If interested in enrollment, regular DePaul students should begin by submitting an application for admission. Students must meet the program's admission criteria.