Pathway ESL Program

Pathway Program – Cleveland State University

NEW!  Beginning Fall 2019.

Who:   Undergraduate students who have applied for admission at Cleveland State University, but do not have the required language proficiency.

Requirements:  eligible for admission to Cleveland State University

  • A language proficiency score of at least 60 on TOEFL, 5.5 on IELTS or 3.5 on ITEP Academic
  • Intensive English Language Program (IELP) Level 4 students who have passed at least two courses (from this list: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening/Speaking) and at least 4.0 on the ITEP SLATE test will be considered for the Pathway Program



  • Students admitted to the Pathway Program will be registered for 13-14 hours in (3-4) separate Level 4 courses sections.  The courses must be approved by the ESL Program Director, based on test scores or previous course grades.
  • Students will be registered for Introduction to University Life (1 credit hour) and a math class (generally 3 credit hours).  The math class will be chosen based on a placement test.  The courses must be approved by a First-Year advisor before the student can register. The course hours in ESL and General Education courses must add up to full-time registration.
  • Students can begin the Pathway Program in either the Fall or Spring semesters.
  • Students will be identified as Pathway students in the university system and on    I-20s.  Students with F-1 visas (student) cannot take on-line courses.

Advising :     

  • Pathway Program students must meet with an academic advisor twice during the semester, at least at the beginning and again around mid-term. Contact:  Cullin Fish, First Year Advisor (BH 110), or 216-687-2402.
  • Each Pathway Program student must meet with the ESL Director at least once during the semester before mid-term.  Another meeting may be required later in the semester if grades are a concern. Contact: Dr. Michele S. Bowman at or 216-875-9904.

Placement and Advancement:

  • Students must provide official test scores or take appropriate tests on campus.
  • The appropriate placement in ESL courses will be determined by the original proficiency test turned in with the application, but can be reviewed if the student has an official score two weeks before classes begin.  Once registered in the Pathway Program and the semester has begun, new scores cannot be used to test out.
  • Evaluation and feedback will be provided during the semester.
  • Pathway Program students who do not pass their ESL courses during their first semester may repeat a second semester.  However, they must pass their ESL courses in order to complete the Pathway Program and continue as an undergraduate student.  Courses for the second semester are determined on a case by case basis and approved by advisors.
  • Pathway program students who do not pass the required ESL course(s) after the second semester will have to submit a required standardized test score as noted on the Undergraduate International Admissions page in order to continue as a full-time undergraduate student.


  • A Pathway Program student must pass the ESL courses with 80% course grades.  General Education courses must receive passing grades.
  • Successful completion of the Pathway Program will allow a student to register full time as an undergraduate student.
  • A certificate of completion will be provided and the student’s status will be changed to full undergraduate admission.

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