Advanced Technological Education

Online Program
Bachelor of Science in Technology
College of Technology

What is Advanced Technological Education?

Advanced Technological Education is a Web-based (online) bachelor’s degree completion program for students who have earned an applied associate degree, have a minimum of one year of experience in business, industry or education, and wish to complete a four-year degree to prepare for advancement in their current career or one that is closely related.

Coursework in the program is built around a 36-semester-credit-hour technical and/or applied cognate that typically is transferred to Bowling Green State University as part of the associate degree. The professional core, offered in a Web-based format, focuses on communication, training and technology systems management.

This degree has eight hours of required cooperative education credit. In addition, students complete coursework in written and oral communication, computer basics, psychology and cultural diversity. These classes are complemented by BGSU’s general education core, which includes coursework in natural and social sciences, humanities and the arts. Most of the program can be completed by taking online courses at BGSU.

What strengths or skills should I have to major in ATE?

Well-honed time management skills and a solid background in written communication are essential for students in the ATE program. The successful virtual student also needs to have access to a computer with high-speed internet connection and the skills to use both.

Successful virtual students are open-minded when they enter into online learning communities to explore course materials. They feel comfortable expressing themselves and contributing to discussion through largely text-based means. Self-motivation and self-discipline are essential, and students must be willing to commit a significant amount of time to their studies weekly. The most commonly cited reason for failure in an online course is that students forgot to “attend class” or got too busy and behind in their studies since there is seldom a structured time for class meetings.

What kind of degree will I earn and what can I do with it?

Students who complete the Advanced Technological Education major earn the Bachelor of Science in Technology degree. This degree does not qualify graduates to teach in the public education system but does provide the necessary skills to offer teaching/training in the applied/technical area of study in other educational, business or industrial settings.

How will the College of Technology prepare me for this field?

The College of Technology is a recognized leader in providing online education, and BGSU is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to offer online degrees. Faculty in the Advanced Technological Education program are experienced in working with online learners and providing a sense of community for students who seldom, if ever, visit the BGSU campus.


Admission to this program is limited to those with an earned applied or technical associate degree and related work experience. Admission to the program is a two-part process: ADMISSION to BGSU followed by ACCEPTANCE to the College of Technology’s Advanced Technological Education program. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the program.

Preparation for College

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

For Further Information

Internet Access

BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at

The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Advanced Technological Education, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: