CELTA On Campus
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, we are offering our CELTA courses fully online. We will return to offering CELTA on campus as soon as it becomes possible.
C E L T A (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)
CELTA is an introductory course for people with little or no teaching experience in English language teaching. Candidates with some experience but little or no formal ELT training are also considered.
CELTA courses are of an extremely practical nature. They are approximately 120 hours in duration and comprise methodology, language analysis, lesson planning, practice teaching and feedback, the observation of practising teachers and writing.
Entry & Course Requirements
Candidates must be educated to the standard required for entry into higher education and be at least 18 years of age. It is recommended, however, that candidates should hold a primary degree or have entered or be about to enter the final year of their primary degree.
Selection for all courses is by written application and interview. Acceptance on to a course is not automatic and the selection process is quite rigorous. Acceptance on to the course is made subject to satisfactory references being supplied. You are asked to provide the name and contact details of two referees for us to contact when you submit your application form.
Candidates should have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English that will enable them to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels. They should also have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective teachers and to successfully complete the written assignments and the assessment of teaching practice.
Candidates whose first language is not English
All applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements set by Cambridge English. They must be a proficient English language user (between CEFR Level minimum C1 and C2 or above). Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to show documentary proof of their current level, usually by way of a Certificate from an English language competency test, for example, the Cambridge suite of examinations or IELTS. Note: An IELTS Certificate that is more than two years old will not be accepted.
Candidates must have competent computer skills.
CELTA candidates are expected to attend the whole course. Furthermore, as part of the general course requirements, they are required to:
- do 6 hours of practice teaching*
- observe 6 hours of experienced teachers teaching classes
- maintain a portfolio of all their work including written assignments, lesson plans and teaching materials
- submit the required written assignments
Candidates will also need to spend a minimum of 80 hours reading, researching, assignment writing and lesson preparation, outside the course.
*Teaching practice is conducted with groups of overseas learners at above and below intermediate level of ability in English.
In Ireland, you cannot teach in an ACELS recognized school without a primary degree. ACELS is the Advisory Council for English Language Schools and they can be contacted at the website: www.acels.ie and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Cambridge, the examining body for CELTA, it is possible to teach in the UK without a primary degree and in some other countries too, although this is becoming increasingly rare. As a CELTA centre, we can accept people on a CELTA course if we feel they have strengths that compensate for the lack of a primary degree.
However, if your qualification is professionally orientated rather than a degree or in some grey area in relation to a primary degree you would need to consult with ACELS to check whether this would, with CELTA, allow you to teach in an ACELS-recognised school.
For the fully online CELTA course, you do need to be computer literate and have access to reliable Wi-Fi and a desktop computer/laptop/tablet that has a camera and a microphone. It is also required that you have a quiet place where you will not be interrupted to use these when you are teaching online or following the course input sessions.
Assessment is carried out on a continuous basis for both the practical and written work. CELTA courses are internally assessed and externally moderated by an approved external assessor.
Candidates are assessed on their 6 hours of teaching practice, 4 written assignments (minimum 3000 words) and their professional development. The assessment of professional development is included as an integral part of the written assignments and teaching practice.
By the end of the course, candidates should demonstrate that they:
- can prepare, plan and teach lessons designed for adult learners of English
- can apply ELT theory to practice in classroom teaching
- are familiar with key ELT concepts and terminology
- are sensitive to relevant aspects of professional development
- are able to use written and spoken language in the classroom which is clear and coherent and essentially free of mistakes in spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Candidates are awarded the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) if they satisfactorily fulfil all the requirements of the course and the assessment criteria. Certificates are awarded at Pass, Pass B and Pass A.
Candidates who fail to meet criteria in any or all assessed components or who do not satisfactorily fulfil all the course requirements will be awarded a Fail.
Interviews will take place by pre-arrangement with a CELTA Tutor. The interview process lasts approximately two hours during which candidates will be tested on their language awareness and will be interviewed by a Course Tutor.
Please note that places are limited and being called for an interview is not a guarantee of acceptance to the course.
You will find this blog which consists of interviews with past CELTA trainees of interest as they describe well the level of commitment involved. Please take time to read them.
Course fees for all CELTA courses
The course fee for CELTA is €1,795.00
- If called for an interview, a fee of €50 is payable by credit/debit card
- A deposit of €500, which is non-refundable is payable on the day of the interview (after acceptance on the course). Those that are called for an interview need, therefore, to bring this deposit with them on the day of the interview. Failure to show means of paying the deposit before the interview may mean that the interview may not take place as scheduled.
- The final payment of €1245.00 is payable within four weeks of being offered a place on the course and in any event not later than four weeks before commencement of the course. Two passport photos must be submitted with the final payment so that a student ID card can be produced before the commencement of the course.
If fees are not paid in full within four weeks of being offered a place on the course, the candidate’s place on the course may be forfeited and offered to the next person on the waiting list. You can pay your fees by credit/debit card. Please post, hand or email your application to the Language Centre, G.36, O’Rahilly Building (main campus), University College Cork, Cork, Ireland or by email email@example.com.
Fees are non-refundable except in exceptional circumstances e.g. on production of a Medical Certificate. If after the course commences, a trainee has to withdraw for any reason e.g. due to illness or family bereavement, it may be possible, on production of the necessary paperwork, to either transfer their place to a future course (this may be subject to payment of an additional fee) or issue a partial refund (fees less deposit, portion of course taken, administration fee and any external fees paid). This will be decided on a case by case basis.
How To Apply - Online CELTA
Please complete this registration form
Applications should be forwarded by email only to TandD@ucc.ie
For more specific information you can email us at TandD@ucc.ie
Please note that submitting an application form does not guarantee an interview. Courses will run only if minimum numbers are met to form a class. If the course does not run, a full refund will issue. Selection is at the discretion of the Course Director.
How to Apply - CELTA On Campus
How to apply for a CELTA Teacher Training Course.
The campus-based course application form will be updated as soon as we know when we are returning to campus.
Applications should be forwarded by email to TandD@ucc.ie
All applicants will need to forward copies of their qualifications with their application.
- See here for Bank details Language Centre
For more specific information you can email us at TandD@ucc.ie
Please note that submitting an Application Form does not guarantee an interview
(conducted by telephone in the case of applicants from outside the Republic of Ireland).
The course will run only if minimum numbers are met to form a class. If the course does not run a full refund will issue.
Selection is at the discretion of the Course Director.
Course Dates 2022-23
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30 June to 27 July
Mon - Friday
13:30 - 17:45
13 Sept to 17 Nov
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Jan - March
18 Jan to 29 March
Wed and Fridays