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

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CertificateFull-time, 1 month | Part-time, 11 weeks | Blended, 15 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$3,000 - $3,600


November 2018 and March, April, June, July, October, and November in 2019


Please enquire



Course related costs

Advised before enrolment.



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


Learn how to teach English 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 three different ways of completing the CELTA qualification here at Ara:

Face to Face Full Time

This is a 4-week intensive course, held Monday to Friday from 9am - 5.30pm, and is offered in March and August 2019. This course is ideal for people who want to complete the qualification in the shortest possible time and move into employment or go overseas afterwards.

Face to Face Part Time

This option 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 (9am - 4.30pm) and Tuesday and Thursday evenings (5.30-9pm). Start dates in 2019 are in April, July and November.

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. This option is ideal if you prefer more flexible learning or if you are from outside Christchurch. In 2019 start dates are February or June.

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

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 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
  • 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.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

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
  • Mathematics