CELTA

The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is an initial qualification for people with little or no previous English teaching experience and is awarded by Cambridge Assessment English, part the University of Cambridge.

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You may be considering a career in English Language Teaching and view CELTA as an entry into a good teaching position in another country, or you may want a qualification that provides a sound basis in the fundamentals of language teaching practice and gives you confidence in the classroom.

Why choose CELTA

The Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is the essential TEFL qualification that’s trusted around the world.

It’s a practical English Language Teaching qualification It gives you hands-on teaching practice in the classroom

71.5% of English Language Teaching employers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa requested CELTA based on research from November 2017 to January 2018.

  • It gives you the confidence and skills to teach adult learners
  • It gives you expert training and feedback on your teaching
  • It’s accredited by the internationally recognised Cambridge University
  • It is run by experienced and highly-qualified tutors
  • It has a 95% pass rate globally
  • It is recognised and accepted all over the world
  • It offers great career opportunities worldwide
Why choose the ELTC
  • A trainee-tutor ratio of 4 to 1 (normally 6 to 1) with experienced and trained teacher trainers.
  • Over 140 hours of guided learning hours (input and teaching practice). 6 hours of assessed teaching practice (over 8 or 9 lessons) at 2 different levels of classes of multilingual adults we arrange for you.
  • 6 hours of observation of experienced teachers (live and video). Up to 18 hours of observation of fellow trainees. Over 80 hours of input sessions, tutor feedback and tutorials on teaching methodology, classroom techniques, lesson planning and teaching practice, language awareness and specialisms.
  • No exams - 4 practical assignments over the course, marked by your tutor and with resubmission possible.
  • Free Access to teaching resources, stationery, printing and photocopying.
  • University of Sheffield student status - access to libraries, online services and student card (UCard)
  • Online courses are delivered by a qualified online tutor from the ELTC using Cambridge materials and 'live' support via chatroom and email.
  • ELTC course fee includes the University of Cambridge entry cost, pre-course tasks and an online grammar course.
  • Job hunting and professional development advice with a report at the end of the course and a reference service.
  • Post course support, including an alumni group with information about job and training opportunities for CELTA graduates.
  • All courses validated and externally moderated by the University of Cambridge English Language Assessment.
  • You can do the course full-time or part-time, online or face-to-face depending on your needs.
Testimonials

It was a thoroughly rewarding experience with really supportive tutors. It has really helped me to develop my teaching skills and opened my mind to a lot of different techniques! I’d highly recommend the course to anyone looking to teach abroad.

I’ve secured a job teaching in China. I go at the end of this month, and I couldn’t have done it without my CELTA experience!

Rachel

Part-time CELTA 2018


The qualification is definitely worth it, not only because it has opened many more doors for me but also because of the friendships made during that time. The course is a huge commitment and you do have to be dedicated to undertake it.

I would definitely recommend the course to anyone who is considering it, especially those who learn better practically and in house.

Kate

Intensive CELTA 2017

Upcoming Course Dates

August - September 2022 Full-time Intensive Mixed Mode CELTA

Course Dates: Week Commencing Monday 1st August 2022 - Friday 2nd September 2022

Course Times: Monday to Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm

Course length: 5 weeks

This full-time, mixed mode CELTA combines in-person and online input and teaching practice. The in-person sessions will be held at the ELTC in Sheffield and online sessions will be held on Zoom:

  • Monday 1st August - Tuesday 16th August - In-person
    • For this initial stage of the course you must be able to come to our centre in Sheffield every weekday.
  • Wednesday 17th August - Friday 2nd September - Online
    • For the second stage of the course you can be based anywhere, but you must have a computer with a reliable internet connection, a webcam/built in camera and a mic/headset.

It is recommended that applicants ensure they have minimal commitments during these five weeks, and that they are able to attend 100% of the course.

Fees for this course will be £1500 (this includes the Cambridge fee of £160).

Example Full-time CELTA Course Timetable (.pdf, 434kb)

October 2022 - February 2023 Part-time, face-to-face CELTA

Course Dates: Week commencing 10th October 2022 - Week commencing 30th January 2023

Course Times: Thursday 9:30am - 5:00pm and Friday 12:30pm - 4:30pm   
 
Course length: 14 weeks (+3 vacation weeks: 19th Dec, 26th Dec, 2nd Jan) 
 
This face-to-face course will consist of practical, in-person sessions and assessed, face-to-face Teaching Practice at the ELTC in Sheffield. 
 
Fees for this course will be £1500 + the Cambridge fee of £162

January 2023 - June 2023 Part-time, fully-online CELTA

Course Dates: Week commencing 16th January - Week commencing 5th June 2023

Course Times: Online Teaching Practice: Tuesdays 5:30pm - 8:30pm / Live sessions: 1 x 60-90-minute ‘Class Live’ per week (time TBC)

Course length: 19 weeks (+ 2 vacation weeks: 3rd April and 10th April)

This fully online CELTA delivers input mostly asynchronously via Cambridge's CELTA platform. This allows applicants to manage their own schedule and to complete the sessions independently, whilst also contributing to online forums and collaborative tasks. In addition to this, a weekly 'class live' is offered. This is a live, online session led by a CELTA tutor which trainees are encouraged to attend (time TBC).

The assessed Teaching Practice for this course will be weekly and online. 

Fees for this course will be £1500 + the Cambridge fee of £162

February 2023 - June 2023 Part-time, face-to-face CELTA

Course Dates: Week commencing 13th February - Week commencing 29th May 2023 

Course Times: Thursday 9:30am - 5:00pm and Friday 12:30pm - 4:30pm   

Course length: 14 weeks (+2 vacation weeks: 3rd April and 10th April)

This face-to-face course will consist of practical, in-person sessions and assessed, face-to-face Teaching Practice at the ELTC in Sheffield. 

Fees for this course will be £1500 + the Cambridge fee of £162

April 2023 - July 2023 Part-Time with a full-time, intensive 3-week Teaching block, blended CELTA: 

Course Dates: 

17th April - 23rd June 2023: Part-time input + Live sessions: 1 x 60-90-minute ‘Class Live’ per week (time TBC)

26th June - 14th July 2023: Teaching Practice block, 3-week, full-time, intensive*

17th - 21st July 2023: Final week input/admin

Course length: 14 weeks (11 part-time/3 full-time)

This blended CELTA delivers input mostly asynchronously via Cambridge's CELTA platform. This allows applicants to manage their own schedule and to complete the sessions independently, whilst also contributing to online forums and collaborative tasks. In addition to this, a weekly 'class live' is offered. This is a live, online session led by a CELTA tutor which trainees are encouraged to attend (time TBC).

The Teaching Practice for this course will take place over a three-week block. This stage of the course is intensive and demanding. We advise that trainees limit other commitments during this time, and that they are able to attend the full 3 weeks.  

Fees for this course will be £1500 + the Cambridge fee of £162

August 2023. Mixed-Mode (face-to-face/online) CELTA: Full-time, intensive. 

Course Dates: Monday 31st July - Friday 1st September 2023

Course Times: Monday to Friday 9:30am - 5:30pm  (with August summer bank holiday off) 

Course length: 5 weeks

This full-time, mixed-mode CELTA takes place over 5 weeks and blends face-to-face and online input and assessment. This ensures that trainees have the opportunity to develop teaching skills in both modes. This is an intensive and demanding course. It is recommended that applicants ensure they have minimal commitments during the five weeks, and that they are able to attend 100% of the course. 

Fees for this course will be £1500 + the Cambridge fee of £162

Please note: There is no difference in the content, assessment and recognition of online and face-to-face CELTA courses. Our Online CELTA courses are an ideal way to complete the course if you are currently working or based outside of Sheffield.

Courses will be reviewed subject to UK Government guidance and if required, all input and Teaching Practice will be delivered online.

Tuition fees

Fees for all CELTA courses in 2022-23 academic year will be £1,500 (plus the Cambridge examination entry fee - £162).

The fee covers:

  • All tuition and support Cambridge Assessment entry fee
  • A 20-hour grammar course
  • Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) training
  • A pre-course task
  • All photocopying and printing
  • Access to materials and stationery
  • An end of course report
  • Ongoing post-course support in the form of an alumni group with job postings and references

How to apply

If you are interested in taking a CELTA course at our centre, please complete the application form:

CELTA application form

After completing the form our Teacher Training team will get in touch to invite you along to an interview with one of our CELTA tutors.

The deadline for applications is usually 2 weeks before the start of a course. However, if this deadline has passed, please contact the TEFL team to see if places are still available.

Please be aware of the following information before applying:

  • CELTA courses are not suitable for applying for a Student Visa (previously known as a Tier 4 General visa) or council tax rebates.
  • CELTA requires an excellent level of English language and literacy to be successful on the course and this will be tested at application and interview stage.
  • For applicants with English as a Second/Foreign Language we advise an English level of 8.0 in IELTS, CEFR C2, Cambridge Proficiency or equivalent is needed to successfully complete the interview tasks and CELTA course.
  • CELTA is designed for people with little or no English language teaching experience (but those with experience can be considered with an initial discussion with the ELTC).
  • You should be at least 20 years old and hold qualifications that would allow you to enter a University degree (equivalent experience for mature applicants can be taken into account).
  • Courses are demanding in nature and you will be required to attend ALL parts of the course.
  • We require you buy or borrow 2 course books that we indicate prior to starting the course.
  • You will be required to complete all the application and interview process successfully before being made an offer on the course. Candidates may be placed on a waiting list or asked to have a second interview to check suitability.
  • No reductions in fees can be made and fees should be paid in full before the course starts.

Information for Under 18s

Our courses are designed for adults. Applicants who are under 18 are subject to a number of restrictions and administrative procedures. 

The standard minimum age for our courses is 18 years. However, we will consider applications from applicants who are under 18 in some circumstances, and subject to satisfactory guardianship arrangements being in place. Please contact us for more information.

For further information on under 18s at the university please visit our "Students under the age of 18" webpage".

If you have any questions or queries about CELTA, please check our frequently asked questions.

If you can't find an answer to your question in the CELTA FAQ, please contact our Teacher Training team for assistance. Email tefl@sheffield.ac.uk with the subject line 'CELTA query.'

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