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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.

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?

Reasons to 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
  • 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

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.

For more information about CELTA, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page:

CELTA Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose CELTA at the ELTC?

Reasons to choose CELTA at 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.
  • 2 free copies of core text books will be offered to applicants who are current or former University of Sheffield students, those who have attended a TEFL taster session prior to applying for a course and current University of Sheffield staff.
  • 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.

Rachel, a former CELTA student

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 - couldn’t have done it without my Celta experience!

Rachel, February - May Part-time CELTA 2018

Kate, a former CELTA student

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, August Intensive CELTA 2017
Works as an EFL Teacher on the Isle of Wight

Upcoming CELTA Course Dates

September 2019 to December 2019 - Part-time, face-to-face CELTA

Thursdays 9:30-16:30 and Fridays 14:00 - 17:00 from Thursday 19th September to Friday 20th December 2019. Teaching practice and input for this course will take place at the ELTC.

Fees for this course will be £1353 (plus Cambridge entry fee of £147)

October 2019 to March 2020 - Part-time, face-to-face CELTA

Tuesdays and Thursdays 17:00 - 20:00 from Tuesday 15th October 2019 to Thursday 19th March 2020 Teaching practice and course input will take place at the ELTC.

Fees for this course will be £1353 (plus Cambridge entry fee of £147)

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.

Further information about each course can be found on the expression of interest form.

Tuition Fees

The fee charged for each CELTA course (online or face-to-face, part-time or intensive) in the 2018/19 academic year is £1500. 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 & Additional Details

If you are interested in taking a CELTA course at our centre, please download and complete our CELTA expression of interest form. You should then return your completed form to tefl@sheffield.ac.uk.

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 Tier 4 student 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.

If you have any questions or queries about CELTA, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page:

CELTA 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.

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