The Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate (TEC) Program is offered by the Faculty of Engineering to provide undergraduate students with a general introduction to business, entrepreneurship and law. The certificate program will be of interest to students planning to start their own technology-based business or to those considering a career in management, sales, engineering, or research within a small business or an entrepreneurial company of any size.
Students in the TEC Program will take complementary courses in economics, accounting, general management, law, communications, and entrepreneurship, and each student will prepare and present at least one group technology-based business plan. Students are also encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities to further develop their leadership potential.
Students may apply to enter the program only after completing the second year of the BESc program, or with permission from the Faculty of Engineering. However, as part of their regular degree program, students may complete some of the required courses prior to acceptance into the formal program. As applicable, some courses may be used to fulfill other degree requirements (i.e., non-technical electives).
Enrollment in the program and some courses may be limited and some courses may be restricted to students formally enrolled in the program. Furthermore, some students may need to take an additional term or year, or take summer courses as available.
Progression and Graduation Requirements
To successfully complete the Certificate program, students must complete a degree program including all required courses (or approved equivalents, with special permission) listed below:
In addition, each student must take at least 0.5 three-lecture-hour course on business/technology law chosen from a list of courses approved and provided by the Faculty of Engineering each year.
Courses that currently fulfill this requirement include MOS 2275A/B and Computer Science 3325A/B, and both ACS and Computer Science have agreed to accept Certificate students into these courses. Other courses will be considered on an annual or individual basis and a new interdisciplinary course in "Technology Law" or "Entrepreneurial Law" may be introduced based on the future popularity of this program and the availability of resources.
Degree Completion Requirements for Technological Education Teachers
Completion Steps (Three-Year Degree)
Technological Studies teachers who wish to complete a baccalaureate degree as part of a coherent and consistent system of professional development will follow these steps:
All program admission, progression, and completion requirements will be determined on a case by case basis. Students will have to meet all normal degree requirements including breadth requirements and completion of essay courses. Students are advised that not all courses in minors and majors are available online nor are all such courses offered evenings or during the summer session. Normally all 10.0 courses are to be taken at Western.
- Students who have successfully completed three years of post-secondary education including 1) a two year diploma at an accredited post-secondary institute (with an average of 70%) and 2) the Diploma in Education in Technological Education at a Faculty of Education, may be admitted to a Bachelor's Degree (Three-Year) program with a recommendation from Western's Faculty of Education.
- Upon admission to an undergraduate program, students will be enrolled in Year 2 in one of the following three Faculties: Social Science, Information and Media Studies, or Health Sciences. The Faculty and Departments concerned may further assess students' degree requirements in order to determine which prerequisites may be waived, based on courses successfully completed during their previous three years of post-secondary studies, and to prescribe the courses to be completed to fulfill the requirements of the degree and program chosen.
- For graduation, the students must complete either two Minor Modules or one Major Module and a total of 10.0 courses, preferably at the senior level (course numbered 1000 or above).