What’s the difference between CELTA and Cert. TESOL?

CELTA and Cert. TESOL are the only internationally recognised teaching qualifications but are there any differences between them?

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Online TEFL Courses – there are a multitude of TEFL courses available, before signing up for any course you should check that it is a recognised qualification which incorporates teaching practice.  Any TEFL course that doesn’t include teaching practice cannot really prepare you for the classroom – would you pay a mechanic to fix your car if you knew they’d never looked under a bonnet before?!

CELTA Cert. TESOL
Awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment Trinity College London
Minimum number of contact hours 120 130
Accredited by Ofqual

 

√ Level 5  (comparable in difficulty to the 2nd level of a university degree course) √ Level 5  (comparable in difficulty to the 2nd level of a university degree course)
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Accepted by British Council
Full-time √ 4 or 5 weeks √ minimum 4 weeks
Part-time √ a few months to a year √ a few months to a year
Online √ a blended learning course, combining online self-study with hands-on teaching practice
No. of Providers over 2,800 in 130 countries over 100 in the UK and worldwide
Teaching Young Learners Extension X CELTYL (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Young Learners) – No longer available √ TYLEC (Teaching Young Learners Extension Certificate)

Sources:
Trinity College

Cambridge English

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Author: Emma Jones

A CELTA Tutor based in Munich and co-author of The Ultimate Guide to CELTA

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