Lift-off: The MDN Curriculum launch | MDN Blog

Lift-off: The MDN Curriculum launch | MDN Blog

Our curriculum is useful to two main groups, students and educators.

Students can use our topic lists as a structured roadmap that outlines what they should learn and the order of topics they should follow. Using this guide can not only ensure their skill set is current, but can also help them in identifying any gaps in their knowledge. This is applicable to both individuals new to the tech industry pursuing a related qualification and existing web (or non-web) developers aiming to “level up” their skills.

Students should go forth and learn the topics outlined in our modules either via self-study, by enrolling in a course or boot camp, or by using a combination of these methods. Either way, upon completing a conforming course, students should be able to pass an examination that tests their understanding of the topics they have studied.

Educators can use our curriculum as a blueprint when creating programs, units, and assessment specifications for a web-related university degree, college course, coding school course, or similar. Conforming to the curriculum will help ensure that courses teach current techniques and best practices and avoid bad practices and out-of-date information.

We regard the “Core” modules as essential for any student to learn or any course to include. The “Getting started” modules are not essential, but we strongly encourage students and educators to include these on their learning agenda. For example, it is very useful to understand the environment you intend to use to build websites. In addition, students should develop their soft skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, research, and communication. These skills are useful for succeeding in job interviews and for succeeding in the job itself.

The “Extension” modules should supplement the “Core”, to suit whatever specialization students may want to pursue once they’ve mastered the essentials. For example, you might want to head down more of a UI design path, steer towards information security (InfoSec), or see yourself as a pure JavaScript developer.

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