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Pathway: Android Development

Cost: No-cost
Timeline: 10 weeks (Spring 2023)
Commitment: 2-7 hours per week depending on level
Skill Level: Intro (AND 101) or Intermediate (AND 102)

Build your own fully-functional apps with the Android pathway. Start by learning the basics of Android development including the IDEs, languages, and tools real-world android engineers use. Then learn the basics of making single-page apps that compute, list, and even query the internet for data! Next, you’ll deepen your understanding, learning about switching between screens, in-app databases, and other topics that help you build a fully-functional multi-screen app. Students who apply will be placed into the introductory-level or the intermediate-level, based on eligibility.

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Course Details

Program Dates & Times

Program Dates & Times

Students who apply will be placed into the introductory-level or the intermediate-level, based on eligibility.

  • AND 101: Intro to Android Development:

    2/25-4/29 (every Sat at 10 am-12 PM PT)
  • AND 102: Intermediate Android Development: 

    2/21-4/25 (every Tues at 5-7 PM PT)
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Application Deadline

February 5, 2023 at 11:59 pm PT

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Location

Both AND 101 and AND 102 will run as remote courses.

Note: A select number of universities will also run the AND102 as a for-credit course. To see if your university is running the course, check our admissions details for the exact schedule or email admissions@codepath.org.

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About Pathway: Android

Students enrolled in this course series will build their skills through real-world projects using APIs and industry-preferred libraries. Students will build applications using Kotlin, Google's preferred language for Android development.

During the second half of the course, students will participate in a group project and apply everything they've learned into conceptualizing, designing, and architecting their own functioning mobile apps from scratch. Teams will be given the chance to present their apps to receive feedback. Students who take our intermediate-level course will participate in CodePath's Demo Day and receive feedback from professional software engineers. 

You Should Take this Course If...

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You would like the hands-on challenge of building apps to enhance your other coursework.

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You have access to a system with the ability to download and run Android studio and can devote time to completing out-of-class assignments

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You want to learn application development using programming languages that the tech industry demands.

What You'll Learn

AND 101: Intro to Android Development

  • Android basics: IDEs, Kotlin language, debugging
  • Designing Android views, ViewBinding
  • Theming and Resource Files
  • APIs and parsing JSON data
  • Lists of data, RecyclerView
  • Capstone project making your own app

AND 102: Intermediate Android Development

  • Review of AND101 Topics
  • Advanced JSON parsing, serialization
  • Multiple-screen apps with Activities, Intents
  • Data persistence and app databases with Room
  • Multiple-screen apps with Fragments, Navigation
  • Capstone project making your own app

NOTE: Offered as for-credit on select campuses only. Stay tuned for updates. 

 
 

Tech Excellence for All

At CodePath, we believe access to relevant, hands-on technical training, career guidance, mentors, and community—created by engineers, for engineers—can help give tomorrow’s technology leaders the edge they need to launch successful, life-changing careers. As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, we strive to increase diversity in tech by making successful, meaningful careers in software engineering accessible to all, and by transforming college Computer Science education to make students career-ready.

 

Our programming centers the needs and success of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and low-income Computer Science students. 

Did You Know?

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60%

According to Google, over 60% of the top 1000 apps on the Play Store use Kotlin.

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70%

Android is the leading mobile OS worldwide, with over 70% of users

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$111,000

Mobile App Engineers make an average salary of $111,000

Eligibility

CodePath requires all students to meet the following requirements in order to participate in our Android courses.

  • You are 18 years or older
  • Students who will be enrolled in US (Puerto Rico included) college or university within the calendar year
  • You have access to a computer with the ability to run Android studio, at least 8GB RAM and at least 10GB of available disk space
  • You can commit to attending classes and labs each week 
  • Your computer has a webcam and microphone, which you are willing and able to use in all virtual sessions as part of my active participation

Those who identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous, from a low-income household, or are the first in their family to attend college are strongly encouraged to apply.

In addition to the eligibility requirements above, students will also be placed into the introductory or intermediate levels based on the prerequisites below.

 

AND 101: Intro to Android Development

  • Have completed or have existing familiarity with an introductory programming language (i.e. C++/Java/Other OOP language)
  • Understanding of: classes, methods, data types, arrays, conditionals
  • Open to students from any major or students who have not yet declared a major
  • You can commit to attending classes and labs each week and completing 2-4 hours of work outside class time

AND 102: Intermediate Android Development

  • Have completed an introductory Android development course or equivalent experience
  • Majoring in CS, Software Engineering, or related subject
  • You can commit to attending classes and labs each week and completing 5-7 hours of work outside class time

How to Apply

The application is a 3-step process:

  1. Fill out a 10-15 minute application about your previous exposure to Android development, your interest in a career in tech, and general information about you as a person. 
  2. CodePath's admissions team will review your application answers to determine your eligibility for the introductory or intermediate levels.
    1. CodePath will send the appropriate pre-work assignment based on your level (introductory or intermediate).
  3. Once we receive Steps 1-2, we will process your application. Admission is determined on a rolling basis, with decisions released every week.

Previous Instructors

CAREN CHANG
Android Engineer, Google
DEONNA HODGES
Emerging Products - Senior Mobile Engineer, Instacart
MARINA TANASYUK
Senior Android Engineer, Instacart

Hear from Our Alums

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ALDO SOCARRAS

Android Engineer, Marco Polo

Florida International University

"My goal has always been to make a positive impact in the world through technology, and CodePath has given me the support and platform to do just that. Within a year, I have combined my passion for teaching and my love for mobile development while working alongside some of the most outstanding engineers in the industry. I completed the Android Development course this past Spring. Since then, I have built an award-winning mobile application, reached Top 10 in one of the country's largest hackathons, and worked at Meta (Facebook) as an Android Intern Lead by helping to instruct and facilitate the diverse Facebook University Program for incoming interns. In addition, I am currently working as an Android Tutor for Google's pilot program, which aims to increase Black representation in tech. I can say, without a doubt, that I have become a better engineer thanks to CodePath."

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ANTHONY PENA

Android Intern Lead, Facebook

Florida International University

"The support that CodePath is able to give students is invaluable. Through their guidance, I found the education and career path I want to pursue in computer science. During the program, I built an award-winning mobile application, secured technical internships at Meta (formerly known as Facebook), Amazon and other high growth tech companies. SXSW EDU 2022 selected me to speak. Also, in March, I will start working full-time as a software engineer, while I continue to pursue my bachelor’s degree."

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IMMANUELA BELAINEH

Incoming Summer 2022 SWE Intern at Microsoft

Berea College

"CodePath's Android Application Development class was one of the most rewarding classes I have ever taken. Once we started working on the group project in the second half of the course I learned so much and felt positively challenged. For every idea my team wanted to implement on our app we looked at tutorials and learned on our own and that has made me confident in my ability to learn and implement new packages and tools. The video walkthroughs and the availability of the TAs made me feel really supported and the project-based nature of the course gave me the capability to work on things at my own pace. I recommend this course to anyone who is hungry to gain more skills and is willing to dedicate the time. You will not regret it!"

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ERIK GALLARDO-CRUZ

Schwab Technology Services Intern, Charles Schwab

California state University, Monterey Bay

"CodePath helped me see a whole new world that I never knew existed. Today, after overcoming many challenges, I have completed the Android Development course, and I have a solid vision for my future as a Programmer."

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METHEMBE MOYO

Associate Product Manager, Lyft

LeMoyne-Owen College

"CodePath Android University was a priceless experience. The 6 weeks totally changed my perspective as an engineer and student. The hands-on assignments, helpful TA’s and and friendly environment created the perfect atmosphere for learning and building. I’m now more confident about communicating concepts with others, approaching recruiters and building my own Android apps!"

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SERGIO DEJO AMES

Software Engineer, Nextdoor

University of California, Irvine

"My experience with CodePath at UCI was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. When I joined and saw that my instructors were just other students I knew this would be an environment where I would be able to learn without the stresses of school. Throughout the course, I was able to learn valuable skills about app development and industry skills that are not usually part of the school curriculum. During the end of the course, I got the opportunity to build my own app and potentially showcase it to companies. Apart from the classes, CodePath hosted a networking event where I got the opportunity to speak with industry professionals for the first time without the crowds of events like job fairs and improve my networking skills. "

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AYESHA PARVEZ

Software Engineer Intern, Microsoft

University of California, Irvine

"The Android App Development course has helped me in more ways than I had imagined. In addition to creating some wonderful apps, I learnt to collaborate with my team on GitHub to create a group project. The availability of online tech support enabled me to work in my own time and my tech-fellows made the weekly lab assignments interesting and fun. In fact, the skills that I acquired in this course have helped me land a summer internship."

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DOLUNAY DAGCI

Incoming SWE Intern, American Express

University at Albany, SUNY

"I am proud to announce that I have completed the CodePath Android Development course with honors. Codepath helped me find my passion in Android development and I have greatly enjoyed learning while working on challenging real-world projects using APIs of popular apps such as MovieDB, Twitter, and Instagram using Kotlin. I want to thank Caren Chang and Deonna Hodges for being amazing instructors, our super helpful TAs and my awesome teammates Helen Hu, Jihao Zhang, Amey Narvekar, He Zhou, and Siyue for building MemeLib together!"

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FAQs

  • What is this course about?

    This course series teaches students to build your own fully-functional Android apps. Start by learning the basics of Android development including the IDEs, languages, and tools real-world android engineers use. Then learn the basics of making single-page apps that compute, list, and even query the internet for data! Next, you’ll deepen your understanding, learning about switching between screens, in-app databases, and other topics that help you build a fully-functional multi-screen app.

    Students will build applications using Kotlin, Google's preferred language for Android development.

  • How do I apply to take this course?

    First, you will need to complete an application which will have questions about your previous exposure to Android development and your personal goals and history. 

    CodePath's admissions team will review your application answers to determine your eligibility for the introductory or intermediate levels. You will then receive the appropriate pre-work assignment for your level to complete. Note that this step must be completed in order for CodePath to review your application in its entirety. 


  • When does the class meet?

    Classes take place during the following times:

    • AND101: Intro to Android Development: Feb. 25 - Apr. 29 (Every Sat at 10 am - 12 pm PT)
    • AND102: Intermediate Android Development: Feb. 21 - Apr. 25 (Every Tues at 5 - 7 pm PT)

  • How much time will I need to complete the assignments?

    Introductory level - Students should expect to spend 2-4 hours/week.

    Intermediate level - Students should expect to spend 5-7 hours/week

     

  • Who will the instructors be?

    The course instructors will be professionals from major technology companies who volunteer their time to share their knowledge. The labs will be taught by CodePath instructors who have completed the course.

  • What if I need additional help during the class?

    CodePath teaching assistants will be available in the labs to help you with your assignments. You will also be added to a Slack channel. If you have extra questions, you will be able to message the teaching team in Slack or email support for help.

  • Will I receive a certificate upon completion of the course?

    Yes, you will receive a certificate of completion upon completion of the course with a grade of 60% or higher. Many of our students will post and share their certificates on LinkedIn, and we encourage you to do so!

  • Is this class really offered at no cost? How are you able to do that?

    Yes! CodePath is a non-profit organization that is backed by major companies such as Cognizant, Meta, Comcast and Walmart. Thanks to their generous support, we are able to offer our courses to any eligible student at no-cost.

  • How can I get more information about this course?

    Please email admissions@codepath.org with any questions.

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