CELTA Course Online
Cambridge Assessment now allows candidates to take the CELTA course 100% online from the comfort of home. This not only ensures candidate’s safety, but it also enables students to get CELTA qualified in a convenient way, without the need for visa considerations.
Taking the CELTA Course 100% online
Take the next step for your English language teaching career – get CELTA-qualified from the comfort of your own home!
North America, Central and South American Time Zones
Full and part-time courses.
Prices from USD $1,300.
Western Europe and Africa Time Zones
Full and part-time courses.
Prices from £949 / €1,090.
East Europe, Middle East, Asia Time Zones
Full or part-time courses.
Prices from £1,000.
East Asia and Pacific Time Zones
Full and part-time courses.
Prices starting AUD $3,100.
About taking the CELTA 100% Online
The course has the same content as the face-to-face CELTA course. The main difference is that classes will be live-streamed through a video-sharing platform (e.g. Zoom). There is self-directed study via the Cambridge Moodle platform and, just like the face-to-face CELTA course, there is “hands-on” teaching practice. Just like the face-to-face CELTA course, you are assessed and moderated by a certified CELTA Assessor.
How will the online format and teaching practice be organised?
Each school has different timetables depending on the format of the course. There are intensive and part-time CELTA options. As examples, the two formats are:
The Full-time (Intensive) CELTA Online:
You can do it throughout 4-6 weeks of training (depending on the course you choose). In most cases, the timetable will be like a normal “office” day and you will be a part of the class for 7-8 hours a day with scheduled breaks, so it will be like you are in a virtual classroom. It may seem strange at first, learning and adjusting to the online format but within the first week there will be introductory and input lessons plus un-assessed teaching practice so you can adapt. On week two, you will move onto the online teaching practice, which will involve teaching a live class of English language learners. It may seem like a big step but you will have support from your CELTA Tutor and your classmates.
The Part-time CELTA Online:
You will do it through a course of (usually) between 8–16 weeks. The exact number of weeks depends on the scheduling of the course you decide to take, however, every course has the exact same total time requirement (120 hours). In the first two weeks, there will be introductory content to the course and focused input sessions from CELTA Tutors. Normally, afterward, there will be sessions 45 minutes of assessed teaching practice each week. This format is easier for individuals who may be raising a family or still working from home, as there are fewer learning/teaching hours per week.
All teaching practice sessions will be observed and assessed by the CELTA tutors. You will also be able to observe the teaching practice of your fellow CELTA trainees as well as observing experienced teachers.
Will it say I took the course online on the Cambridge CELTA Certificate?
No. You will still get the standard CELTA Certificate, which is issued by Cambridge English Language Assessment (part of the University of Cambridge) and certifies that you have completed 120 hours of training.
Why do I need to choose a location for an online CELTA?
Though the course format is online, the CELTA is still being provided by one of the CELTA centres around the world, with resources, staffing (e.g. tutors) and administration taking place in a specific location (a CELTA centre accredited by the University of Cambridge). For this reason, you will need to choose a specific course location.
What online platform will the CELTA course be hosted on?
Each school will have a preferred video-sharing platform (e.g. Zoom) for you to use for the live sessions. In these live sessions, you will meet your tutor and other trainees, as well as carrying out your Teaching Practice with real students.
In addition to this, there is an asynchronous self-study element to the online CELTA and for this you will most likely use Cambridge Moodle or a similar platform.
What are the benefits of taking a CELTA Course Online?
The benefits of taking the CELTA course online include:
a) The course is more accessible, which means you will save on travel and accommodation -and there are no visa headaches!
b) You will also have access to the learning materials online
c) Also, you will learn how to teach the English language in a classroom while becoming familiar with the tools and environment to teach online!
What are the requirements for taking a CELTA Online?
The requirements are the same as taking any other CELTA. This includes:
a) You are 18 or older
b) You have a strong English language awareness or an English language ability equivalent to at least an IELTS 7.5 or a high Cambridge C1 level.
c) Finally, a standard entry-level of education for higher education such as university (if not, life experience can be taken into account)
However, with the course being completely online, it is a requirement if you have the following:
a) A working laptop or desktop computer with a microphone and speakers
b) A secure internet connection
c) A designated and comfortable working space either at home in an alternative suitable location.
Where can I work after completing my online CELTA course?
The majority of schools prefer candidates with CELTA certificates, so you will find that this opens more doors to your ELT career!
One of the benefits of taking the CELTA online is that the course will not only allow you to teach in schools, colleges etc. but you will also have the added benefit of being able to teach in online webinars from the comfort of your own home — so you will have a certificate that gives your career flexibility!
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