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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Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on CELTA: Important update

What will CELTA courses be like in 2020-21?​​​​​​

February 2021 Update: We are currently offering fully-online CELTA courses. Using the Cambridge Assessment English platform, trainees gain practical and theoretical teaching knowledge which can then be put into practice in online classrooms. 

From August 2021, we are planning to offer online and in-person blended courses. The details of these courses are subject to change based on UK Government guidance. We will keep you informed of any change to the format of the course (if required)  after you apply.

Do I need to be in-person at the ELTC to do the Teaching Practice?

We hope to be able to offer some teaching practice in-person. However, we will also offer the opportunity to do some online teaching practice. This year has shown us that online teaching is the future and incorporating it into the CELTA is likely to increase trainees’ employability and flexibility.

Will the online CELTA be accepted by employers?

Yes. Cambridge are now offering a 100% Online CELTA, which will have the same content and recognition as the in-person/face-to-face CELTA. The certificate will state that you have a Cambridge CELTA - not the mode in which it was delivered.

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.

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.

Fees for this course will be £1,500 (this includes the Cambridge fee of £160)

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 120 hours of 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 dates

Part time

May - August 2021 Fully Online CELTA: Part-time input + 3-week intensive Teaching Practice block

Course Dates: Monday 10th May 2021 - Friday 6th August 2021 (with 3-week online Teaching Practice block from 5th July - 23rd July)

Course design

Weeks 1 - 8 (10/05/21 - 02/07/21)

Delivery: A combination of asynchronous content via Cambridge's CELTA platform with live online sessions. 

Time commitment: 8 - 10 hours a week

Participants are able to manage their own schedule and to complete the sessions independently, whilst also contributing to online forums and collaborative tasks. In addition to this, participants are expected to attend a weekly 'class live'. This is a live, online session led by a CELTA tutor (time TBC).

Weeks 9 - 11 (05/07/21 - 23/07/21)

Delivery: A three-week block of online assessed Teaching Practice

Time commitment: 8+ hours a day, Monday to Friday

The Teaching Practice for this course will be online and 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.

Weeks 12-13 (26/07/21-06/08/21)

Delivery: A combination of asynchronous content via Cambridge's CELTA platform with live online sessions. 

Time commitment: 8 - 10 hours a week

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


Intensive

April - May 2021 Intensive Online CELTA

Course Dates: Cancelled

Unfortunately this course has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.


June - July 2021 Full-time Intensive Face-to-face CELTA

Course Dates: Cancelled

Unfortunately this course has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.


August - September 2021 Full-time Intensive Face-to-face CELTA

Course Dates: Monday 9th August 2021 - Friday 3rd September 2021 (if fully online: 9th August - 10th September 2021)

This full-time, face-to-face CELTA takes place over 4 weeks at the ELTC in Sheffield. Input is delivered via practical, group sessions and Teaching Practice is face-to-face. This is an intensive and demanding course. It is recommended that applicants ensure they have minimal commitments during the four weeks, and that they are able to attend 100% of the course.

Live/Face-to-face sessions: Monday - Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm for the duration of the course.

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

Please note that in the event this course has to be delivered fully online, it will run as a 5-week course from the 9th August - 10th September 2021 in accordance with Cambridge CELTA requirements.


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 this course will be £1,500 (this includes the Cambridge fee of £160)

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 telf@sheffield.ac.uk with the subject line 'CELTA query.'

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