CELTA - Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages.xml CELTA - Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages

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Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$3,000 - $3,500


9 January, 2 April, 25 June, 24 September; and online/blended delivery 14 March, 22 August





Course related costs

Advised before enrolment.



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


With a University of Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) qualification you can teach English as an additional language to people of all ages, anywhere in the world.

During our CELTA course you'll develop an understanding of the key principles and practices of effective English language teaching, and the motivations and roles of both teacher and learner. For more information about CELTA visit the Cambridge English website

There are two different ways of completing the CELTA programme here:

Face to Face

This course takes just 11 weeks part time and comprises 12-15 hours face-to-face study and a minimum of 10 hours independent study each week. It is held on Saturdays (9.00am - 4.30pm) and Tuesday and Thursday evenings (5.30-9.00pm).

CELTA online (blended option)

This option combines online self-directed study with face-to-face teaching practice and observations, over 15 weeks. It includes two, week-long practicums in weeks 6 and 13. This option is ideal if you prefer more flexible learning or if you are from outside Christchurch.

You must be at least 18 years old by the start of the course.

Programme structure

To complete this Other you are required to complete a minimum total of 30 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • Entry is governed by the entry regulations as set out by Cambridge ESOL Examination. Applicants must have achieved the credits required for University Entrance.

Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • Applicants must submit a written pre-interview task and attend an interview during which language proficiency will be assessed.

English requirements
  • IELTS 7.0 Academic (no lower than 7.0 in speaking, 7.0
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










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Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an application form.
  • complete the CELTA Application Tasks

Note: Full regulations are available at Cambridge ESOL .

International students are advised to enquire prior to completing their application due to Immigration NZ requirements.

Application documents

Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to teach English to adults throughout the world in a range of environments including tertiary institutions, community education classrooms, private international language schools and in one-on-one tutor positions. Other career options include working with migrant and refugee employment and settlement services.

Study pathways

You might consider the Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
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