About CELTA

CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

The essential TEFL qualification that’s trusted by employers, language schools and governments around the world.

Employers around the world ask for CELTA. It’s the practical English language teaching qualification that gives you the essential knowledge, hands-on teaching experience and classroom confidence to qualify as a teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL).

CELTA is great for recent graduates, people who are changing career, or teachers who want to gain a formal qualification and may want to progress to qualifications such as Delta.


Key facts

Format:Face-to-face or online, with teaching practice
Assessment:Written assignments and assessed teaching practice

CELTA teacher helping a student in a classroomWith CELTA, you show employers that you:

  • have gained essential knowledge of the principles of effective English teaching
  • have developed a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
  • have demonstrated your ability to apply your learning in a real teaching context
  • are ready to begin working in a variety of ESL teaching contexts around the world.

Teacher completing a CELTA activity with her studentReasons to choose CELTA:

  • Choose from over 300 centres in 70 countries.
  • Get expert training and feedback on your teaching.
  • The 120-hour course builds a strong foundation in English language teaching.
  • Regulated by Ofqual at level 5 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework and given premium product endorsement by NEAS in Australia.