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

Programme code



Full-time: March and August | Part-time: April, July, November | Blended: July





Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street

Annual Fees(indictive 2020)


$3460 - $4290



Course related costs

Advised before enrolment.

About this programme

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, offered in March and August. 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 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. Start dates are February or June.

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

For tips on how to apply, see our video.

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

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
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

    Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

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

English requirements
  • What if English is not my first language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

    Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.


    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    The English Language requirements for this programme are higher than the minimum set by NZQA, therefore; even if you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance, you may be required to provide evidence of English Language skills at a higher level.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

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

For tips on how to apply, see our video.

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

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.