Undergraduate Communications Pathway – REAL Certificate

Undergraduate Communications Pathway – REAL Certificate

Program Description

The Undergraduate Communications Pathway is an accelerated version of the English as an Additional Language (EAL/ESL) – REAL Certificate intensive English program (IEP). In the final semester of the candidate’s IEP, they concurrently enroll in two undergraduate-level courses. Candidates take COM 105 and REAL 300 followed by REAL 301 and an undergraduate-level elective or core course approved by their Academic Advisor and Undergraduate Program Chair. The REAL Undergraduate Communications Pathway prepares students for their undergraduate degree program and reduces the program length.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Provide students English language instruction to gain the necessary language skills for academic purposes.
  2. Help students become more familiar with higher education culture.
  3. Prepare students for the demands of online or on-ground university-level study in English, especially in an institution of higher education.

Admission Requirements

For acceptance into the Undergraduate Communication Pathway – REAL Certificate program, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • High school diploma from a university-recognized high school with a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative G.P.A. or university-recognized high school equivalency.


  • Submit official English proficiency test scores to determine level of proficiency (A1 – C2 accepted).

Graduation Requirements

Students’ current English proficiency levels determine their starting placement in the Undergraduate Communication Pathway – REAL Certificate program. Upon acceptance, students must complete an accepted English proficiency exam to evaluate their English proficiency level. Prospective undergraduate students who complete REAL 300/301 and concurrent undergraduate courses may use their REAL 300/301 level certificate to meet English proficiency admission requirements at Westcliff University to continue the desired undergraduate degree program.

Program Requirements

Students concurrently enroll in the undergraduate degree program during the 300-level courses of the REAL IEP. To complete the Undergraduate Communication Pathway – REAL Certificate program, students must complete the four (4) courses listed below, nine (9) credit hours total.

REAL 300 1.5 credit hours
COM 105 3 credit hours
REAL 301 1.5 credit hours
Degree Core or Elective Course 3 credit hours