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The CELTA course gives you the essential skills and knowledge you need to teach English to adults and older teenagers.
You get hands-on teaching practice and observation of experienced teachers, applying your learning in the classroom with English language learners.
CELTA courses are run by approved centres, based on specifications produced by Cambridge Assessment English. All courses have a minimum of 120 contact hours.
Download an overview of CELTA.
You will cover five main topics as part of your CELTA course:
This topic includes:
You will be assessed throughout the course and there is no final examination. The two types of assessment are:
You will complete four written assignments (each 750–1,000 words). These focus on:
You can find a wide range of official Cambridge English support materials from Cambridge Assessment English and Cambridge University Press. Support materials include coursebooks and practice tests and include materials in both print and digital formats.
The CELTA Course includes a range of material and helpful advice about CELTA.
To get the CELTA certificate, you must meet the criteria for both the teaching practice and written assignments. You can pass with three different grades: Pass ‘A’, Pass ‘B’ and Pass.
Download the CELTA syllabus (176KB) for more details of the course topics, types of assessment and certificate grades.
You can apply for a CELTA course at one of our approved centres.
Before contacting your centre, please check you meet the following criteria:
If you do not have formal educational qualifications at the level indicated above, centres may still accept you, if you can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully.
Find out about ways to take your CELTA course