Android App Development Specialization

Starts Oct 16

Android App Development Specialization

Launch Your Android App Development Career. Master the knowledge and skills necessary to develop maintainable mobile computing apps

About This Specialization

This Specialization enables learners to successfully apply core Java programming languages features & software patterns needed to develop maintainable mobile apps comprised of core Android components, as well as fundamental Java I/O & persistence mechanisms. The Capstone project will integrate the material from throughout the Specialization to exercise and assess the ability of learners to create an interesting Android app by applying knowledge and skills learned in previous MOOCs, including Java programming features, Android Studio tools, Android Activity components, Material Design, file I/O and data persistence, unit testing, and software patterns. The project itself will be similar in design goals to previous assignments, however it will provide less of the skeleton code than earlier MOOCs provide to enable more creativity to learners and greater opportunity for learners to customize the app.

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5 courses

Follow the suggested order or choose your own.


Designed to help you practice and apply the skills you learn.


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Beginner Specialization.
No prior experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    Java for Android

    4 weeks of study, 5-6 hours/week

    About the Course

    This MOOC teaches you how to program core features and classes from the Java programming language that are used in Android, which is the dominant platform for developing and deploying mobile device apps. In particular, this MOOC covers key Java pro
  2. COURSE 2

    Android App Components - Intents, Activities, and Broadcast Receivers


    About the Course

    This 4 week MOOC builds upon the overview of Java and Android covered in Course 1 by delving deeper into core Android app components, such as intents, activities, and broadcast receivers. You will learn by example how to program these core
  3. COURSE 3

    Android App Components - Services, Local IPC, and Content Providers


    About the Course

    This 4 week MOOC builds upon the core Android app components and concurrency frameworks covered in Course 2 by focusing on started and bound services, local inter-process communication (IPC), and content providers. Case study apps will be exami
  4. COURSE 4

    Engineering Maintainable Android Apps


    About the Course

    Engineering Maintainable Android Apps, which is a 4 week MOOC that shows by example various methods for engineering maintainable Android apps, including test-driven development methods and how to develop/run unit tests using JUnit and Robo
  5. COURSE 5

    Capstone MOOC for "Android App Development"

    Upcoming session: Dec 10

    About the Capstone Project

    The Capstone project integrates material from throughout the Android App Development Specialization to exercise and assess the ability of learners to create an interesting Android app. Learners will apply knowledge and skills learned in previous MOOCs


  • Vanderbilt University

    Vanderbilt University, an internationally recognized research and teaching university, provides a gateway to greatness drawing the brightest students from across the nation and around the world.

    Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tenn., is a private research university and medical center offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

  • Dr. Douglas C. Schmidt

    Dr. Douglas C. Schmidt

    Professor of Computer Science and Associate Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Program
  • Dr. Jerry Roth

    Dr. Jerry Roth

    Professor of the Practice
  • Michael Walker

    Michael Walker

    Instructor - Graduate Student pursuing PhD in Computer Science
  • Dr. C. Jules White

    Dr. C. Jules White

    Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Dr. Julie L. Johnson

    Dr. Julie L. Johnson