What Is CELTA?

The Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is an international TEFL training and certification program. Over 10,000 people a year successfully complete CELTA courses in 240 approved centers in 49 countries around the world. All successful participants receive certification from Cambridge University.

Originally known as the “RSA Certificate,” the program became the “RSA/Cambridge CTEFLA” in 1985. The name changed to “RSA/Cambridge CELTA” in 1996 and to “Cambridge CELTA” in 2001.

Who Recognizes The CELTA?

The CELTA is recognized by TEFL employers worldwide, including: language schools such as International House, ELSI and EF; many overseas public schools, colleges and other employers; many ministries of education, and government bodies such as The British Council; and by TESOL, IATEFL and other major professional organizations.

It is well regarded by organizations such as the Peace Corps and JET and CELTA graduates usually receive credit for MA TESOL programs.

Why Is The CELTA So Highly Regarded?

Cambridge is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The CELTA program is by far the largest and most well-known TEFL / TESL training program in the world.

Each center undergoes a rigorous approval process and a Cambridge assessor visits every course run in every center. Courses provide expert instruction in methodology and language analysis, and include practice teaching with real classes of foreign students.

Courses offer training in a communicative teaching approach based on the best of current classroom techniques. This approach can be adapted to meet the needs of students in many different contexts.

What Are The Key Features Of All CELTA Programs?

  • Minimum of 120 clock hours of in-class instruction.
  • Minimum of 6 hours of practice teaching with classes of foreign students.
  • Expert critiquing and discussion of all supervised practice lessons.
  • 6 hours of observation of ESL/EFL classes given by experienced teachers.
  • Maximum of 18 participants per course.
  • Trainer/Trainee ratio of 1:6 or better.

What Are The Minimum Qualifications For Trainers?

  • An MA in TEFL/TESOL (or a related field) or the RSA/Cambridge Diploma in TEFL;
  • At least 5 years of EFL/ESL classroom teaching experience;
  • Completion of an approved program of training as a TEFL/TESL trainer.


CELTA courses available:

Study CELTA in the UK

CELTA in South Africa


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